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When going abroad, you meet several people from different nationalities. What do you feel you gained most from meeting people from a diverse set of backgrounds?

8 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Barack Hussein Obama
     
    Barack Hussein Obama
    44th and current President of the United States
    United States
    Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one...
    Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. We are reminded that we're joined together by our pursuit of a life that's productive and purposeful, and when that happens mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share.
  • mentor picture Barack Hussein Obama
     
    Barack Hussein Obama
    44th and current President of the United States
    United States
    When you have a chance to meet people from other cultures and other countries, and you listen to...
    When you have a chance to meet people from other cultures and other countries, and you listen to them and you find out that, even though you may speak a different language or you may have a different religious faith, it turns out that you care about your family, you have your same hopes about being able to have a career that is useful to the society, you hope that you can raise a family of your own, and that your children will be healthy and have a good education -- that all those things that human beings all around the world share are more important than the things that are different.
  • mentor picture Condoleezza Rice
     
    Condoleezza Rice
    Former Secretary of State
    United States
    …I remember teaching a young woman from Timishoara, Romania, who had been through as a 13-year...
    …I remember teaching a young woman from Timishoara, Romania, who had been through as a 13-year old, some of the worst violence in Romania during the December Revolution. And one day, we were talking and she wanted to know whether in segregated Birmingham in 1963 during violence I had experienced something like she had where young children had been killed. And I told her about my experience in losing a little classmate…And I suddenly realized that across this vast divide from Romania to Birmingham, Alabama, there was a common experience that brought us together…She's a student that will always -- I'll always remember…
 
 
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