The Importance Of My Low Ies

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My Low IES: A Testament to my Nineteen Years As a person who has consistently said over my life that I have never left the East Coast of the United States, I cannot say that I was shocked when I received an overall low IES. I have always wanted to become a world traveler, but due to financial reasons this has been a rather difficult goal to accomplish. Coupled with living in a community which is not really diverse and going to a university which is also regarded as not being very diverse it would be difficult to call myself a multicultural person. I do hope to work through my adult life to address this issue and change myself for the better.
IES Results: An Individualist The IES feedback report labeled me an Individualist based on how the
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4. Restorative
5. Achiever
Looking over the list, I had a lot of travel determining how these strengths could aid me in becoming a more interculturally effective person. After some consideration, I saw that being deliberative and analytical were both strengths that supplement a person’s ability of being interculturally effective. As being deliberative allows one to be conscientious when interacting with people of different cultures and being analytical allows one to determine what facts would allow someone to discover how best to interact with people of different cultures.
One of my top strengths being deliberative supplements my ability to be interculturally effective. Being deliberative allows me to have a diligent attitude in everything I do, which allows me to be more analytical and considerate when interacting with other people, especially those who come from different backgrounds and cultures then myself. Interestingly enough this may oppose the IES’s assessment that I have low self-awareness. Both of these assessments may be accurate in that I bring a level of comprehensive skill to my undertakings, but I need to be more aware of my interpersonal abilities.
Becoming more
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Upon deeper reflection, my scores make a lot of sense. As a person who has never left the country I certainly could not have scored as high as my peers who have studied in other countries or have simply visited them on vacations. I certainly could not have measured up against the group for which was the baseline for the IES as they are years older than myself and half of which are not North American. That being said I do aspire to reach their level of intercultural effectiveness as I progress through my life and my career.
As discussed previously, I have always wanted to travel abroad, but in the past, it has always been difficult for me to do so. Within the next two years, I plan on studying abroad at a foreign campus. I personally am leaning towards a more western country such as Italy or Australia. However, I am hesitant to study in countries such as these as it may take away from the experience if I was to study in a country so similar to my home country so I have also considered locations quite different than the United States, such as China or I think Russia may also be a great place if I was able to organize

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