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Andrew Kupstas '15
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THE ARCADIA PROMISE: Global Perspective
The Classroom and Beyond
During Jerusalem Preview, I gained a much broader perspective of the world. I learned a great deal about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and about Middle Eastern culture. I quickly saw my passion for learning about other cultures grow, and I am confident that the international experience that I gain through Arcadia will give me the edge needed to be successful.
One of the most impactful experiences occurred when we spent a day on the West Bank, a Palestinian territory, and joined a local family for lunch. I was able to taste traditional food and talk with a young man, newly engaged, who said that he had met his fiancé four days before he proposed. When I asked to meet her, I was shocked when he said, ‘No, only women can see her.’ Without actually being there, had I heard this, I probably would have thought that he is being too controlling. However, having a conversation with him during dinner, I realized that he is a perfectly nice man, and that he is just following the protocol of his culture.
We are often quick to judge other cultures’ way of doing things. But when you’re there conversing with the people, you realize that these cultural differences are what make the world such an interesting place.