By Momoko Ito
I have had a lot of experiences since I came from Japan to Superior, and I have learned not only American culture, but also other countries’ cultures. I have grown immensely from sharing cultures; it helped me to break stereotypical views, broaden my horizon, and come to appreciate my country more and more.
The first is breaking stereotypical views. My friends and I sometimes misunderstand each other’s cultures. I got to know that each person and country has different characteristics, so I learned not to be constrained by stereotypes.
The second is broadening my horizon. When I broke my stereotypical views, I could think about things from perspectives that are different from my traditional thoughts. Even though there are many problems in our lives, we approach them in different ways. Learning different ways to resolve problems is often really useful.
The third is coming to appreciate my country more and more. Japanese culture is obvious to me because it has been familiar since I was born. But after learning about other cultures, I have been thinking about Japan deeply, and not I can better understand my country than I could in the past.
There are many great advantages in studying abroad, and I have changed my thoughts and gained new knowledge about a lot of cultures. Now, living in the USA makes my life better.