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No
one is ever completely culturally competent with everyone around them, but I believe
in remaining open-minded towards others. Although I was born and lived all my
life in the United States, much of my family comes from a different culture. As
a result, I have grown up with a sensitivity towards and appreciation for different
perspectives and beliefs. Though I know what I believe in and do not allow
others to dictate what I should say or do, I am willing to listen to them and
try new things, taking risks and engaging in conversations about racism and
discrimination that may prove uncomfortable. So I am always developing my
cultural competence through my interactions with others within and outside my
family, including those who have different backgrounds and/or beliefs from my
own.

 

It is from these interactions that I find the motivation
to inspire change. As one who has met countless people of different ethnic,
socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds and one who has been on the receiving
end of discrimination, I am enthusiastic about supporting those who may have
been forgotten or seen as undeserving whenever I can. In the classroom, many
papers I write advocate for minorities, particularly women. Similarly, I take
advantage of my position as
Executive Web Editor-in-Chief of our school newspaper staff to push for and publish articles relating
to acceptance, diversity, and inclusion. These opportunities allow me to stay
connected to my school and local community as well as the world, something I
view as important to being a cultural leader.

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Furthermore, I recognize that being culturally
competent is a journey filled with obstacles and setbacks and that no one has
all the answers. The best leaders are those who intentionally develop their
cultural competence by learning from their mistakes and through interacting
with those who come from different backgrounds.