Being Open-Minded means to be able to immerse, understand, and appreciate my own culture but also other perspectives, values, and traditions from other communities. Since I am studying in such a diverse and international school, and one of my passions in travelling, I believe that I am an individual who is open-minded to all ideas and cultures. An example of this would be in the summer of 2014. I attended the CDNIS Beijing/Inner-Mongolia Trip, where we had a jam packed 2 weeks of culture immersion and learning Chinese. It was one of my favourite school trips and was an unforgettable experience (especially the food!). Although I had been to Beijing once with my family already, we never fully immersed into the culture since we often only went to see the attractions. However throughout the period of time I spent in China, I felt that I not only had improved my Chinese speaking and writing, I also learned to appreciate Chinese culture much more. I also better understood the countries history and cultures, which I found very interesting. One great moment I had was when my friends and I decided to go to the local university football pitch to play against some university students in the football team. We ended up winning the game 15-2, which was a moment we were all very proud of.
Another experience I had which was very memorable would be my summer trip to Vietnam, where we stayed in Hanoi, Sapa, and Danang. My favourite was Sapa, which is a mountainous township, in Northwest Vietnam. There I was able to see many amazing sights of rice fields and mountains. I was able to learn about how the local Tay and Dao hill tribes lived, I was very amazed with how their society continues to function today though a rice based industry. I also really appreciated how the locals there lived such a simple and peaceful life, and continued to be happy. It has really inspired me and reminded me to remember to relax, especially during my most stressful times of the school year. In the end this proved to boost my work efficiency, and quality of my school work.