As a student going to an international school, I experience many activities that make me an intercultural person, escpecially by enhancing my language abilities to help communicate with people from around the globe. I talk to students around me, who are from different cultures and nationalities. This challenges my linguistic and cultural barriers, however I overcome these barriers by interacting with the students in classes and being able to work effectively together through a way of communication we have in common such as using English.
Right now I am on the path of extending my relationships between people around me and I have fun communicating with students for personal aspects and academic aspects, in and out of school. I feel close to many of the people, through communication and I can feel more engaged in many discussions/conversations.
A few months ago, I attended a Model United Nations conference at K. International School Tokyo, as part of the MUN group, an extra-curricular activity at my school. This was a conference to see how United Nations commitees actually worked and to practice various skills involving debating and speaking skills. At the conference, there were students from other schools in Tokyo with many nationalities and students had to roleplay among their allocated countries. I met students of different nationalities and had a fruitful debate on the topic of “nuclear weapons” and “mars colonization” with them. I participated in the roleplay as the delegate of Somalia. The conference gave me the oppurtunity to share my ideas and interact with the students who had come from different cultures and also who were roleplaying different countries. I learned so much about the ways people can express their cultures in a debate, even if it is not their actual, and be open-minded with their factual thoughts. I was very engaged in the debate and was able to speak with students, coming up with speeches and arguments for others to add on or correct their ideas, for example to clarify what certain actions or solutions would be good for the prohibition of nuclear weapons, in the first debate. I was pleased to participate in this conference as I was able to interact with students of different cultures and communicate naturally with othes.
After the conference, it became clear to me that linguistic and cultural barriers can be broken. My expectation was to communicate frequently with international students around me. I believe that spending most of the time with international students, who come from different nationalities, helps me to become more confident in using my communication skills as to have interactions with students to share ideas and the MUN conference was a great example. My strength is also interpreting certain knowledge and helping others, which has been connected to many of activities when demonstrating skills to communicate with others.
In the future, I would want to participate in a similar activity and as a bilingual student, being able to speak both Japanese and English, I wish to interact with international students living in Japan. When speaking to others I need to be a better listener and construct a detailed discussion depending on the situation, if it’s in an educational atmosphere in class or a fun and friendly atmosphere with my peers. I now understand the meaning of being bilingual in an international community, which helps to communicate and share memorable experiences with people of different cultural backgrounds, by overcoming linguistic barriers.