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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 Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    I gained a greater global perspective on other cultures, and also re-evaluated my own background...
    I gained a greater global perspective on other cultures, and also re-evaluated my own background and beliefs as well. When you learn about others situations, it really makes you appreciate (or in some cases question) the values you were raised with and help you grow as an individual. Even at home, I try to surround myself with diversity in gender, race, class and other experiences so I can become a more complete person. It’s easy to be biased and narrow-minded if you do not know much about others. But if you make the conscious choice to learn about others experiences and appreciate them, you will become a much better person and understand the world better. To me it’s not about simply tolerating other people, it’s about understanding them and learning from them, even if you do not necessarily agree with their positions.
  • mentor picture Jessica
     
    Jessica
    Graduate Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    The more diversity the better! By creating relationships with people of different backgrounds my...
    The more diversity the better! By creating relationships with people of different backgrounds my understanding of the world deepened, which I found to be humbling and empowering. In addition, establishing relationships with people of other nationalities has facilitated increased travel opportunities.
  • mentor picture Kimberly
     
    Kimberly
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    I feel that I gained new perspectives on other cultures around the world. I not only learned how...
    I feel that I gained new perspectives on other cultures around the world. I not only learned how people from other states approach certain issues, but how other countries see these issues as well. What I most learned is that despite our differences, everyone from around the world is the same regardless of their ethnic or national makeup. Everyone wants to be successful, to have fun, and be happy. If anything, through study abroad, I made friends from all over the world that I can visit now and learn even more about their culture.
  • mentor picture Ashley
     
    Ashley
    Junior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    I think that being exposed to so much diversity in different countries really opened my eyes to...
    I think that being exposed to so much diversity in different countries really opened my eyes to the bigger picture. I have been born and raised in America so I grew up learning about other countries, but there is a great amount of knowledge that I know I could only acquire through a personal experience such as studying abroad. Both the working atmosphere and the educational environment were really different and I’m glad I had a chance to experience both in another country.
 
 
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