Interpersonalrelationships between international and Local Students
Humanbeings are relational beings and are characterized by the type ofrelationships they make with others. In colleges and campuses, thisaspect is not different, in fact, it is more defined by therelationships between students. However, some students limit theinterpersonal relationships they engage in, based on race, socialclass, academic levels and age. In particular, the relationships suchas dating face a lot of limitations based on these segregations. Toexplore this topic, this paper will establish a viewpoint that willobjectively conclude on the need for these relationships. While somepeople encourage the interpersonal relationships betweeninternational students and local students, other people arevehemently opposed to them.
Thediscussion and arguments in this paper will illustrate thatinterpersonal relationships between international students and localstudents are good. Therefore, these types of relationships and shouldbe encouraged in colleges in the United States.
Fora healthy humanity, people beings should relate to each other withoutconditions and segregations. This is healthy because it makes humanbeings take the character of who they are, a species that can reasonand use logic. Therefore, placing conditions such as relating tolocals only or relating to foreigners only is against the basicideals of a human being. This means that students should not chosewho to relate with based with their limited perspective of locals andforeigners. Instead, students should be encouraged to relate to anyperson who fits the description of their ideal partners or friends.This will reduce the limitation of relating with foreigner because aperson is a foreigner or with a local because a person is a local.
Thebest way to end racism in the world, especially in America is byencouraging interpersonal relationships between internationalstudents and local students in colleges. Through these relationships,students from different races relate to each other and appreciate thedifferences between races. According to Chow (1), internationalstudents are facing racial incidents targeted at them in Americancolleges. Chow(1) further argues that most colleges and universities are proposingthe need for encouraging cross-cultural interactions betweeninternational students and local students. This shows how importantthe relationship between international students and local students isin ending the vicious.
Therelationship between international students and local studentspromotes the universal values and benefits of globalization. Throughsuch relationships, local students interact and learn new knowledgeand diversity that extends their perspective to global level (Hershey21).For instance, local students learn about universal topics, ideas andchallenges experienced by other people in the world elsewhere.Similarly, international students learn new information, values andpractices that influence their personality or change theirideologies. For instance, international students from third worldcountries learn new fashions by relating to local students. They inturn take the newly acquired knowledge to their countries, which leadto uniform global practices.
Inaddition, interpersonal relationships between international studentsand local students promote cultural exchange that shapes the behaviorof either side. This is because these relationships are based oncross-cultural and intercultural interactions that force a person tolearn the practices of the other one (Hershey34).Due to these interactions, there is a healthy transfer of culturalvalues and modes of behavior that lead to the development of a moreaccommodating American population. For instance, if a ChristianAmerican local student relates to an Islamic student as a friend, thetwo learn the practices of each other and appreciate their beliefs.Instead of condemning each other’s religion, they learn toappreciate the differences and respect for each other.
However,there are many counterarguments that hold an opinion against theinterpersonal relationships between international and local students.Many people hold that the relationship between internationalrelationships cause a lot of problems due to the differences in theircultures. Moreover, opponents of the relationships holds that theexistence different languages does not favor interpersonalrelationships between the two groups due to misunderstandings.
Inaddition, it is argued that people from different culturalbackgrounds have very few chances of relating in colleges becausethey are both focused on learning and advancing their academicachievements and not social discoveries. The argument behind theopponents is that international students use their own resources toestablish and build relationships in the U.S colleges. Theserelationships are therefore not objective since they are formedbetween co-nationals and not cross-nationals.
However,these arguments are wrong about the relationships, culturaldifferences become an impediment due to the current poor relationsbetween international and local students. In addition, internationalstudents relate among themselves because they are blocked from thelocal relations (Marginsonand Sawir 22).Moreover, relationships between local and international students doesnot cause problems, instead, they are the solution to the perceivedmisunderstanding.
Interpersonalrelationships between international students and local students inU.S colleges promote cohesion and intercultural exchange. Thisrelationship is important as a way of ending racism and relatedsegregation in the American colleges. Unlike the arguments ofopponents, these relationships do not lead to problems actuallysolves the problems related to social background differences.Therefore, interpersonal relationships between international andlocal students are good and should be encouraged in Americancolleges.
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