Essays on Diversity and Self-Awareness Coursework

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The paper "Diversity and Self-Awareness" is a good example of business coursework.   It was during my first year at the university as an international student. I have had difficulties with the English language since I do not speak the language as well as native speakers do, or as better as half of my foreign classmates do. Even though my English vocabulary is high and my grammatical structure is comprehensible, it seems as if my ability to understand and communicate the English language is marred, flawed, or useless when communicating to my classmates, friends, or professors.

There were times in the class where I am left out uncomprehending; times where I am tempted to speak my native language in the middle of a conversation to get the message across; times where my excellent suggestions were not taken seriously simply because I could not express myself well. In one of my subjects in the class where we are divided into groups to perform a certain task and present the task to the whole class, I was so eager to take the lead. However, being a female and the youngest among the group members, and because I have a hard time forming and articulating English words that are within the context of the discussion, I am often ignored.

At that moment, I also felt that my presence was not needed. My group member made me feel that they can do better without me and my broken English. Twice I have heard them complain that I am unable to contribute anything to the group because I am just silent in the corner. This upset me a lot.

I know that my ideas were better than what they have presented because I have done thorough research about the project and I have analyzed the project as much as I can. But the problem was they do not seem to understand what I am saying. By the time I was able to make myself and my arguments clear, the group readily dismiss my ideas because these ideas do not conform to the general consensus. Most of the members of the group regard my youth as a potential source of recklessness so they are reluctant to accept the boldness of my suggestions for the group project.

One guy also attacked my gender and my language skills in order to deter the group from seriously considering my suggestions. This has outraged me and yet at that time, I could not form a coherent argument in English that would make these people from my group blush. Reflection At first, I was upset and hurt. This single experience allowed me to create strongly negative impressions about my MBA classmates, particularly those that I perceive as bullies and those who do not like me.

It made me furious that they did not let me express myself and contribute my ideas to the group. I was so misunderstood that these people did not even pause to ask me how I feel about not being able to contribute at all. Adding injury to the insult is the fact that I caught some of them snickering at my back whenever I find it difficult to express myself and establish strong arguments to counter theirs. It just made me loath the group I was in and bring my negative perception about my group to a more general scale.

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