"We know that diversity makes us a better university -- better for learning, for teaching, and for conducting research."
(U-M President Mary Sue Coleman)Share an experience through which you have gained respect for intellectual, social, or cultural differences. Comment on how your personal experiences and achievements would contribute to the diversity of the University of Michigan.
Last year, I got a chance to travel to Fujian Province in southeast of China during the Spring Festival. To experience the culture of Hakka people, I chose to live with a local family.
Growing up from northeast of China, I am used to eating dumplings on Spring Festival Eve. I, therefore, asked the hosts if we could make dumplings together. Silence for three seconds. I never knew that some Chinese families would not eat dumplings on the Spring Festival Eve until the hosts told me it's not the tradition of people living in the south. In stead, people living in the south are used to cooking a big family reunion dinner. However, they didn't refuse my suggestion. Although we spent nearly three hours in the kitchen, I felt very glad when the dumplings were served onto the table. Although the dumplings were of different sizes, even of different tastes, they together made a delicate dish. Sitting around the table, we shared our experience making dumplings, through which we knew more about the differences between the ways of making dumplings in the north and south of China.
Diversity can not survive in a blocked atmosphere. Therefore, to contribute to the diversity of University of Michigan, I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my schoolfellows and teachers. As a student with a different background, a different culture, and a different way of thinking, I am willing to show the University of Michigan my own flavor just like the dumplings I made
catalyst0435 Edit Delete Move 188.8.131.52
Sep 4, 2009 #6
You picked a good experience to write about, and I think the essay is fundamentally solid.
That lets me get a little nit-picky about smaller details.
Silence for three seconds.
I don't think the narrative preceding this sentence is engaging enough to allow a fragment here.
. One word, not two.
Maybe delicate isn't the right word. I never perceived dumplings as particularly delicate, even if they are made in a diverse manner.
Alluding back to the dumplings by saying your "own flavor" in the last paragraph is neat, but made too obvious with the inclusion of "just like the dumplings I made." In my opinion, metaphors shouldn't be made in-your-face obvious, but more delicate :P
If you changed the second paragraph to say "different flavors" instead of "different tastes," and then wrote in your last paragraph:
...and a different way of thinking, I can add my own flavor to University of Michigan's unique palette.
Or something like that.
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do u think I digress from the topic?
and i don't know how to answer that how can i contibute to U-M
i don't think the last paragraph is good.
i'm really worried about that
thank all of you!