Hi all! I was thinking through some topics to talk about for my Diversity and Adversity secondaries. I'd greatly appreciate feedback on these ideas!
- Trilingual: I'm Chinese, and so I grew up speaking Mandarin around my house and then I also took Chinese for a year in college to learn how to read/write it. I learned Spanish first in high school, but then became surrounded/immersed in Spanish (my best friend from high school is Mexican and her family would speak Spanish to me all the time, both my parents remarried Mexicans so both sides of the family are Spanish-speakers, joined an org in college that volunteers in Tijuana and I speak mostly Spanish on the trips and most of the org members are Spanish-speakers, etc.). So I'm conversationally sufficient in both languages. Was hoping to explain how I became immersed in Hispanic culture, and how all three cultures (American, Chinese, and Mexican) have greatly influenced my life.
- I was the youngest in my school year because my parents enrolled me into Kindergarten a year early (because of my awkward birthday-timing). It really impacted me a lot in the long run because I always felt like I needed to prove myself to others, and I felt like that aspect of me was always a big part of my identity or how other's viewed me.
- A more narrow aspect: I once had a logistical transportation issue with one of my organizations in college. We were supposed to go on a director's retreat, during which we'd bring donations to one of our sites and do a site visit. But because of a lack of coordination between my org and the school (as well as a lack of organization on the school's part but that's a story for another time), we were only able to bring 2 vans instead of 3, which impacted the amount of space we had - impacting how many people could go, how many supplies we could bring, etc. Even though we had less space and it was a really stressful night of trying to stuff everything in the vans, we still made it work. Lessons include being more transparent about communication, teamwork, leadership, etc.
- A more broad aspect: I have a lisp and have always had a lisp, and I've always been embarrassed of it, but rather than being shy and not speaking, I actually wanted to address it and (hopefully) improve it. It made me want to speak up in class more and do public speaking, read from the book in class, etc. Even though I still have a lisp and it's definitely still an insecurity for me, I never let that prevent me from speaking my mind or participating in discussions (and I'm also a pretty big extrovert).