In honor of having reached 1,000 views in my first month, I’m going to post about the topic my friend Brian suggested in response to my first post (took me a while, huh?!)
He asked me whether growing up in a foreign country has pushed me to strive for better, has hindered me, or something else altogether. Well Brian, I don’t know if it has been the same for you but I think it has done all three for me.
Moving here when I was 8 was actually pretty traumatic. I had a difficult time making friends since I spoke close to no English, and you know how mean kids can be in elementary school. Home-life was stressful too since members of my family were adapting to the move to varying degrees and emotions were pretty tempestuous for the first few years. So moving here definitely made me more sensitive and emotional, which has hindered me in some ways but has also helped in others.
It did also push me to strive for better though. I like to think that I worked hard in high school. I took some AP courses, took 4 years of Japanese… you get the idea. A big part of this was growing up with a lot of studious, hardworking Asian immigrants. Wanting to fit in with them motivated me to work even harder than I may have otherwise. I’m sure it helped that I honestly love to learn too.
My love of learning, paired with the feeling that I didn’t truly fit in (until discovering AIESEC a few years ago =] ), also pushed me to seek fulfillment in learning and self-development. This has been great since I really enjoy learning things by trying different jobs. I’ve had many part-time jobs and internships over the years, acquired a variety of skills from them and made tons of connections (check out my LinkedIn profile)
Lastly, moving to a new country when I was young taught me to appreciate, respect and be open-minded about cultures. I now find them fascinating and try to be careful not to discredit or judge cultures I’m unfamiliar with.
As you can see, it has had a very big influence in my life! What about you? What impact do you think it has had in your life or in the lives of people you know? This is the US after all…