Immersion Experience Essay

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Preparing for the Immersion Experience
From the information given by my Indian friend (the interviewee for a diversity interview assignment), I learned that there are several traditions in Indian culture that happen in every month. In the end of this October, the Indian community has a festival called Diwali. I asked him in the first place, whether he celebrate the event or not, and I also asked him for other possible activities that I could participate in a cultural experience. Fortunately, he agreed that I could join him for Diwali.
Before attending the activity, I explained to him the purpose of this assignment so he could understand what kind of experience that I need for the occasion. I also tried to gain some information about Diwali in order to have an overview of the topic by browsing on the internet and also gathered some journals that related to the activity. The given information helped me to have some basic information about Diwali
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Since they are living and studying far away from their home, it made them have strong connections. They also have a sophisticated way of pray and deliver their gratefulness for their beliefs. Almost everything that they do had a meaning behind it. I also learned that people tend to preserve their culture and practice it wherever they live. Moreover, involving others to participate in one’s culture, it could help people to understand more about others’ culture.
Before attending to his apartment, I had some thoughts and feelings of anxiety. These caused by the perceptions that if I were there, it would make them feel discomfort. However, when I was there, I felt comfortable and relaxed. Since we have some things in common, such as our love of spicy foods, living far away from home, and our feeling of missing our home, we could easily blend in reciprocal

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