The quality of Rice's academic life and the Residential College System are heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspective would you contribute to life at Rice?
being absorbed by different cultures
What happened to your accent? My sister asked me one time when we were talking through Skype. Every time I returned from a trip I ended with a weird combination of accents in my speaking, but also with a combination of many cultures and traditions. I've had the pleasure to visit several countries and witness the wonders that each one of them has to offer. From the marvelous Patagonia of Chile to the terrifying castles of Transylvania, each journey comes with incredible experiences and learnings that have shaped me as an open-mind person.
I overcame my fear of heights when I climbed a volcano in Costa Rica; I left my comfort zone in Hong Kong when I had to learn to use chopsticks even if it took me two hours to eat. I even was part of a Buddhist ritual in Thailand though it isn't my religion. I just adapt to the situation of each place, embracing the culture of the country I'm visiting. But when I leave, the people I met acquire a new perspective as well. They have now the Mexican culture in their heart.
My personality is a reflect of the Mexican culture, and I'm not talking about a person who loves tacos and plays mariachi songs. I'm talking about our charisma and love for helping other people. Once I had a tourist guide in Thailand who told me I made her change her vacations plans, and not for meet the landscapes of my country. She said she wanted to immerse herself in an environment of Mexican people.
When arriving to Rice, I know I will keep satisfying my sense of adventure and love for meeting people from different cultures. I will accept every challenge that the next four years can present and also help my classmates to overcome theirs. Whether it's just break the ice sharing a funny experience or contribute with a different point of view to solve a problem, I'll make sure to bring my learnings to Rice. I will look for new experiences and I'll have no more fear to face the troubles I can encounter during my education.
Throughout my career in Rice I'll make sure to carry my Mexican roots and make the same impact on my classmates that I made on that Thai Guide. I'll do my best to make unforgettable the pass through University of my friends and learn from their traditions to make mine unforgettable too.
I'll appreciate any suggestions to my essay, I hope it really shows the perspective i can bring of make an impact with my personality and my persoective of face everything with an open mind.