大家好，我是Ha Dinh，是辛辛那提大学(University of Cincinnati)越南国际大使，也是林德纳商学院(Lindner college of business)市场营销与商业经济学的一名大三学生。
Hello, My name is Ha Dinh. I’m a Vietnamese International Ambassador at University of Cincinnati. I’m also a junior in Marketing and Business Economics in the Lindner college of business.
I didn’t speak much in classes when I was in a freshman. I was afraid of my English accent, and thought people wouldn’t listen to me anyway. Later I wanted to find a part time job on campus. In the States, you need to have recommendations from professors/ faculties including campus jobs. I knew some professors, but obviously they had no idea of what to say about me. I finally realized how important it is to speak up and be active in classes, so that professors would remember me and know me more.
Coming to sophomore year, I pushed myself to speak more in classes and confidently introduce myself to people at networking events. Thus, I not only became more fluent in English (my American friends were actually amazed that I only stayed in the US for less than a year), but also got recognized and complimented from professors.
In most of my sophomore classes, my professors remembered my name. In Business Professionalism class, my professor also let me help her instruct a whole class in a lecture about using LinkedIn. She shared with me that she always wanted to hear different perspectives from international students. However, international students, especially Asian students were so quiet even when she tried different ways to engage them more. Thus, she appreciated to have students like me who like to speak their mind in class.
I used to think that my ideas were useless for my classes. However, as I spoke up my mind during sophomore year, I realized that international students’ ideas were very unique. International grow up in different cultures, see different things that the Americans may have never seen before.
Beyond the above reasons, engaging in class discussions also helps me to develop my critical thinking skills. By sharing my ideas and perspective with my classmates and teachers, I put mental knowledge into practice. In my opinion, the things people say will be easily forgotten unless we actually share our thoughts and contribute to the discussion too.
To summarize, I totally understand that speaking another language in front of native speakers is embarrassing sometimes. You can think this way, if American tries to speak Chinese or Vietnamese, they probably will have same obstacles – very shy, and speechless in the beginning. I think we never become better by keeping quite if we want to make progress in studying and using another language. That’s why we choose to speak up and share our unique ideas.
To know more what American thinks about international students, please check this video: https://youtu.be/AOiUKUud4Ew?list=PLRWDj_9qKzdLqaBftvrKmUswvS94W4mRs