When I was in grade 2 of senior high school, ten students from School of Jeanne d'Arc (France) arrived for a culture exchange program. Since we were preparing for a big exam four days later, when my school called on us to volunteer to be host, very few students responded. However, I took this as a chance to dip into French culture and readily volunteered to host one student. Though it took up some of my time, I still achieved great result in the subsequent test.
The student who stayed in my home is a very beautiful girl named Priscilla. During her three-day's stay in my home, I taught her to wrap Chinese dumpling, Majiong and pingpong, and went shopping in Xidan, one of the most popular shopping centers in Beijinjg. To my surprise, instead of searching for international brand, she went into some Chinese traditional clothing shops. After selecting styles and sizes, she finally chose one cheongsam (Chinese-style dress).
During these three days, I find she completely involved in my family. We ate together, learned together and played together. I taught her how to use chopsticks and she taught me how to make salad. She told me that her hometown is a beautiful seaside resort and she invited me to visit it in future. We communicated in various aspects such as educational systems in two countries, social news and cultural customs. On the last day, we exchanged gifts. She gave me a cassette tape of French songs and her homemade cookies and chocolate. I gave her colored grazed earrings with classical Chinese styles as well as a traditional artistic handkerchief. My mother also gave a silk dress to her mother (a typical Chinese custom). When she returned to France, we still kept in touch with each other. She said she liked my family, life in Beijing and Chinese culture.
I know diversity may bring misunderstanding, but without diversity, the world is unlikely to make progress. Therefore, I hope I can not only make academic achievement in the university but also communicate with friends from other countries. Only by sharing culture and value system can we understand each other better and contribute to a harmonious world.