Two Halves Make A...
Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
In the first grade, I told my classmates that one of my favorite foods was rice. One of my friends asked me why, and I responded, “Why not? Doesn’t everyone eat rice daily?”
It took me a while to realize that not everyone has Vietnamese cuisine for dinner regularly. I began to notice the cultural divides all around me, including the ones within my own family. I noticed how my father’s Caucasian family and my mother’s Vietnamese family never truly intermingled with one another. For example, I had two Christmases every year, one with my dad’s side of the family and one with my mother’s side. One in which I spoke English, the other in Vietnamese. I found myself suspended between two worlds.
However, as the years passed, I came to embrace the mixed heritage that set me apart and opened my eyes to all of our differences amongst our similarities. Intrigued by the diversity of the world, I seek to understand others and the worlds they come from. I enjoy learning about other cultures and traditions, and my life in the diverse Bay Area has only fueled this interest. In school, I found myself fascinated in French class, going home every day and struggling to read French news sites as my comprehension and understanding of the culture...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 972 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 7757 literature essays, 2170 sample college application essays, 323 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.
Already a member? Log in