In 2006 I graduate from Westlake High School, located in Westlake, OH. All the way back from middle school until I graduate, I had always taken Spanish as a foreign language. Foreign language classes had the opportunity to travel during the summer months. I decided I wanted to go travel with my class in Europe. I got to travel to Great Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal.
Once I was there I realized that I was a long way from home. I didn’t realize how different things were until I got overseas. It takes traveling a long way to full realize that everyone is different. Demographics is the characteristics of a population classified as: race, ethnicity, age, sex, and income(Martin & Nakayama, 2018, p. 5). While as you travel each country has it’s own kind of people, but they have just the same amount of demographics as the United States. They have such range in ages, race, ethnicity, etc. As I traveled I realize that each country was more and more diverse. Diversity is the quality of being different(Martin & Nakayama, 2018, p. 6). Being able to witness so much diversity within the different countries allowed to me open my eyes and see that it is perfectly okay to be different. I learned that even though I may know a different language, I can still communicate with others. The demographics each country has, has so much to do their diversity.
Martin, J. N., & Nakayama, T. K. (2018). Intercultural Communication In Contexts (7th ed.). New York, NY: MCGRAW-HILL.