<p>This is a response to michigan's diversity short answer (what you will contribute to UMich):</p>
<p>After moving to Wadsworth, I felt an immense culture shock. I had previously lived in India and Canada. The Western culture had never influenced me since I had always lived in an Indian community. Even in Canada, I lived in a neighborhood where Indians were prevalent. The neighborhood provided all the products that could be found in India. Wadsworth, however, only had a minority percentage of less than five.
This change was a learning experience. While my parents instilled Indian traditions at home, I experienced the American culture through my friends and peers. Soon I was able to combine the best of both worlds to create a unique identity for myself. The learning didnt always happen on my side. Teachers and students alike were curious with my background and language. In class discussions, I am sometimes asked to give an Indian perspective on an issue. For example, I talked about arranged marriages in my English class. I educated my peers in Indian music, food, entertainment, and beliefs.
Over the past summer, I worked at the International Institute of Akron (IIA). The Institute provided legal counseling, ESL and computer classes, and childrens programs. I taught the computer class for refugees. Most of my students had never seen a computer. The class focused on very basic computer skills. I was able to connect with them personally because Id been through the same phase when I first moved to America. I worked at the IIA because my family often went there for help. In Michigan, I would continue to involve in activities like this. Finally, Id join some of the many ethnic clubs. I'd like to learn about more about the different cultures and their similarities.</p>
<p>Criticism is greatly appreciated, thanks.</p>