Mba Essay - What Matters Most to You
My open mindedness matters to me most. My experiences as a cross-cultural teen instilled this value in me.
I was born in Hong Kong and moved alone to Taiwan to live with my grandmother when I was 12. I struggled to learn the language, Mandarin, and to live and learn alongside children from a very different culture. I was like some alien from outer space in Taiwan – generating stares but not acceptance. However, by being open minded about both my potential and the potential of this little island, I succeeded in adapting. I spoke back to the television set to practice Mandarin; I read books and watched videos to learn Taiwan's culture, history, and literature; and I helped my fellow classmates in our …show more content…
As I travel through China my open-mindedness allows me to marvel at the differences I experience instead of judging them. For instance, in Sichuan province, regular office hours are 10 am through 4 pm, the workers spend two hours walking along the bridge after lunch before returning to their desks, and when they promise to deliver a worksheet or project "soon," it takes a week. Their sense of time is wholly different from the one I was trained in and the one they are trying to meld into. My ability to see