As a Hult student, you’re surrounded by diversity from day one. And I have to admit, my life has become so much more exciting since making international friends.
Speaking from my own experience of living in San Francisco for almost three years, here are a few ways I have learned and grown by having culturally diverse friendships.
Learning new languages
I’ve started speaking new languages by learning how to tell jokes. My friends used to teach me funny jokes, and sometimes they even taught me how to flirt in their languages.
It was hilarious when I pronounced things incorrectly and the words I spoke had an entirely different meaning.
Developing the desire to travel—even more
Cultures are fascinating, and I can’t wait to experience them all.
The world becomes so much more beautiful in my imagination after listening to stories from my friends.
“The world becomes so much more beautiful in my imagination after listening to my friends.”
Discovering delicious food
I’ve enjoyed food from different countries every weekend. And there’s no need to travel anywhere else. Thanks to the diversity in San Francisco, we can find any type of food in the city.
My friends and I usually go out once a week. And every time, one person takes the group to try their traditional food.
I remember my Peruvian friend took me to Limon Rotisserie and ordered arroz con mariscos for me—a traditional rice dish. It was amazing. And without having international friends, I would never get to try this.
We’ve even gotten complimentary dessert from restaurant owners because they are fascinated by the fact that we are a group of friends from all over the world.
“Without having international friends, I would never get to try this.”
Overcoming my shyness and becoming more confident
I have learned that being shy gave me nothing but boredom. At first, I was scared of making conversation with new friends from school. As Hult students are from all over the world, I was afraid that my friends might misunderstand me or get offended if something I said was inappropriate for their culture.
However, everyone was really nice and friendly. And I realized that I was just over thinking it and exaggerating this new change in my life.
We got to know each other by working together on school projects and we bonded over eating out every weekend. I remember during lunch breaks, we used to sit down together, share our stories, and talk about our cultures for hours.
Because I was experiencing new cultures, I enjoyed my time at Hult so much more. I’ve also become more culturally educated and more confident to travel the world on my own. I have learned that if I had continued being shy, I would have missed out an amazing chance to learn about the world.
“If I had continued being shy, I would have missed out an amazing chance to learn about the world.”
Here’s some advice if you are still shy after reading this: pay attention to your friends’ stories first. If you find them interesting to you, do some research on your own and get back to your friends later to discuss. I am sure that you will no longer be shy as you and your friends will now have a common topic to talk about.
This will help you to bond with your friends over time and your experience at Hult will be much more exciting.
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