Appreciating Different Cultures

Stepping out of your comfort zone — into another town, a different city, or a whole new country can definitely be daunting. The experience, however, will be beyond your imagination! On this journey, you will learn life skills and grow to become more independent. Most of all, you would be able to immerse yourself into an unfamiliar and exciting culture.

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Nowadays, the popular television shows, movies and celebrities we know and love come from so many different parts of the world; for example, the hit TV show Squid Game originates from South Korea, while sitcoms like Brooklyn Nine-Nine is set in the United States. Because of globalization, and the connectivity we now experience, we may feel as though we are already able to understand varying cultures through these sources of entertainment.

However, watching how a different society acts on screen is extremely different from experiencing it firsthand! The values and insights you can gain from going to a new place and immersing yourself into their culture are boundless. Here are some simple steps you can take to appreciate different cultures:

1) Be Social! Meet New People

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Whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, finding a community in your new environment is key to guarantee a fulfilling time. You can do this by picking up a team sport, joining an interest group, or even frequenting popular local spots like cafes. If you are naturally more shy, make it a point to say “yes” to events others invite you to!

2) Appreciate Differences

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Instead of being quick to make assumptions about other people, always keep an open mind. When you are speaking to someone new, take time to listen to their story and opinions. You would be surprised how different the family lives, school experiences, and general beliefs can vary between each individual.

3) Reflect on Your Own Growth

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Reflection is one of the most important parts of the growth process. Pondering over the conversations you had in order to properly process what you learnt from the interactions you had is essential! You’d be surprised how many new insights you can gain through merely reflecting.

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Written by Zenia Yap

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