The Advantages of Diversity in College

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In order for any educational institution to prosper and thrive, it must maintain a curriculum which is updated and well researched. Well-educated and learned faculty plays an important role in withholding the level of education provided in the school or college. But these aren’t the only aspects of a successful college; students must be willing to work hard, learn and strive for greatness, and only then will they perform well during their educational years. Upholding its standard of education, America has been a hub for many students around the globe for its intuitions that are at par with many others. This wealth of knowledge and esteemed faculty of teachers have always assisted locals in choosing a college in their own country. This is also the reason why international students have been coming here to study various majors for a long time.

The recent political climate has been tough on a lot of students who have come from other countries to study here. The fear that international students may have with regard to their identity can be overwhelming. However, these people are here because they worked hard for it and deserve to be in this college. To feed into their fears, dropping out due to an insecure atmosphere would be unjust to them and to the institution of education as a whole. Every person deserves knowledge and good education to help them become a contributing member of the country. Here is why every college needs to be more accepting of students from all backgrounds:

More Understanding:
The more you know someone, the easier it is to become close to them, and the less likely you are to be biased towards those people. The only way to be more understanding of others is to talk to them and find out about their culture through interaction and bonding. This helps both native and foreign students become comfortable, confident and knowledgeable when faced with other foreigners later on in life. When we learn customs from different areas, we have an upper hand over people who haven’t met any foreign students. The knowledge of such traditions can lead to better communication with foreign clients of the same region in your future professional life. Teachers teaching diverse students may at first encounter hindrances when it comes to catering to different mindsets, but even that can further enhance the teaching faculty’s communication skills.

Difference of Opinions:
When people from different backgrounds are sharing the same platform, there is bound to be a difference of opinion. Students and teachers can learn from it and debate about it. This variation in opinion can lead to creativity and healthy competition in assignments, presentations, and exams. It leads students to learn about other cultures and their problem solving tactics and way of studying. This also concludes to better research on subjects and reaching a more concrete conclusion.

Whether the student is of a Hispanic or Latin origin, a member of LGTBQ community, or is an exchange student from a European or Asian country, diversity promotes unity. Not only does an environment with students holding various nationalities endorse your institution as more tolerable, it also encourages harmony among students. They will be more united and can become more accepting of other people. When these young individuals go into society they may have the capacity to be more welcoming and friendly in a work environment, or on a national level.

There is no question that the more the people there are, the more influence they will have on each other. Teachers and students can work together to form clubs and societies that help other students polish their skills. The literature club can have more diverse literary knowledge, the arts club can explore other forms of arts and the music society may be able to work with instruments different from what they are used to, through foreign exchange students or international students.

Admitting diverse students can only benefit educational institutes wishing to produce quality education and giving their students more experience in the world outside the campus. There is no progress without people accepting each other for who they are. When they are nurtured from an adolescent age and taught among different people, they can grow to become more trusting and accepting of people who are different. It is how the world must work in order to have a peaceful future and to protect mankind from harming one another.

This article was contributed by guest author Rachael Everly.