Cultural Differences Between Different Cultures

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There are more than 7 billion people on this planet known as Earth. Each of these people belong to a culture that distinguishes them from the people that not only immediately surround them, but live vast distances away from them as well. I would like to note that not every culture is a polar opposite from another, some cultures may be very similar in their views and values which can lead to cultural growth or tension between different cultural groups. At any rate, I decided to delve deeper into understanding the differences between people and their cultures and how they are perceived during an interview that I conducted with my classmate Fatima. During our interview I learned of many differences between her culture and my own, stemming from …show more content…
Fatima and I both could be considered a part of the individualist culture as we both value our successes and the influences and impressions that we leave for ourselves on other people and our families. I would consider Fatima and myself as a part of low-power distances cultures because we come from families where the relationship between us and our parents is one of interdependence. We are not limited to the cultures in which we are a part of or identify with, but each separate culture does help to define the type of people we are and wish to become. The first difference that I would like to discuss is the difference between the roles that we play in our families at home. In my own home I am the youngest child and I only have one other sibling being an older sister. As the youngest child in the family I tended to have the spotlight on me with everything that I did. My parents always made sure that if I ever needed help with something that I got it, and I knew that my accomplishments and milestones were significant to them. Not to say that they did not do these things for my sister, it is just that because my sister was older than me she was expected to be the one who would help me if I needed something and be an example for me as I …show more content…
For my career path, I have chosen to study Information Systems and Operations Management while at George Mason. This major will allow me to learn the basic knowledge that I will need to be success in the field of business. It will also provide with the tools I will need in order to become a project manager or general manager for a blossoming company. My goal during my time at George Mason is to maximize the opportunities that I have to become better educated and learn how to live on my own. My career choices were influenced by the jobs and career fields that both of my parents and older sister are in. I enjoyed hearing about their experiences at their jobs and that definitely impacted my career choices. However, Fatima has taken a very different route to begin her career. Fatima wishes to become a doctor. In order to do this, Fatima has chosen to become a biomedical major at George Mason University. She described experiences that she had when she was younger helping out in nurseries. She loved working with people and kids and she enjoyed being able to help them. Her great uncle was a doctor and she loved to hear stories about his work and his experiences with his patients. She also has her sights set on possibly studying abroad or going to medical school in order to continue furthering her

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