My name is Alyssa Sacris, studying Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Forensic Science), where I am participating in the Industry Study to Tour to China within the Future Leaders Program.
Recently this year, I travelled for the first time independently to Japan and France, and it was after arriving that I truly was caught with the “travel bug”. I was intrigued and fascinated by learning and experiencing the differences in cultures, lifestyle, food, and people, in which I was longing to see more parts of the world. This is what led me to the quick decision to visit China as well.
China will be no different in offering a new cultural experience, especially in terms of being exposed to the business side in which the study tour involves. I hope to develop my communication skills, both in interacting with students who I have not met before, and with the Chinese people. In particular, I want to learn about certain customs and the way that respect is shown. In Japan, I was often not aware of certain behaviours such as eating in public, which is seen as disrespectful. This is one of the challenges I will be faced with, in terms of being unaware of the little cultural differences of Australia to China. It will be a challenge to adapt to a vastly different culture in a short amount of time, but interacting with the locals and doing research can overcome this problem.
There is little I know about China, and broadening my knowledge about people from different cultures is important to me for a future career in Psychology. Gaining as much knowledge as I can about various cultures will ensure I can tailor my approach to helping individuals in a way that they can best feel understood.
Written by Alyssa Sacris