Hi everyone, I wanted to know what are your thoughts of my short response?
Prompt: The University seeks to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. How would you contribute to this community? (Max 300 words)
I could contribute to the diverse community the university seeks because I am American-Chinese. I lived experiencing two different cultural values from the moment I was born. As I am American-Chinese, a reoccurring theme I perceived was that the Chinese culture values unity, seeing themselves as part of a family or society. Whenever I wanted to go hang out with my friends, my parents would usually force me to bring one of my siblings along with me. Meanwhile, American culture typically values individuality over the Chinese desires of unity. During my high school years, most of my teachers assigns us projects that we could either work in groups, or individually. Due to the fact that was born and raised with both individuality and unity techniques, most of my classmates decided to complete their projects individually, leaving my desire of working together unfulfilled. The two differing values I experienced during my life creates an opposing force over one another.
However, because I have experiences under both cultures, this places me as the "middle man." As the "middle man," I can understand both views/values that each culture embraces. Whenever problems may occur during college that deals with this cultural clash, my experiences can help ease the problem. Easing the problem will allow more of my classmates to collaborate more efficiently by raising awareness of student's diverse cultural backgrounds and sharing respect towards one another. Working efficiently creates opportunities for unique viewpoints and experiences during a student's educational life that otherwise wouldn't be possible.