As I reflect to this past semesters Language Buddies program, I find a number of impactful things I have gained.
This experience has allowed me to observe my own culture through a new and clearer lens. I now see that throughout my own high school experience, there was an entire new and different world that existed through different avenues. I see how the differences in how I was taught to interact in the classroom, or how I was expected to act in the classroom through cultural standards. I didn't necessarily have any one experience that led me to feel or think critically, more so it was the entire experience that allowed me to see the ESL type classroom experience from another angle. I now see how my own culture is taught and expected to interact and handle other cultures, and the flaws that naturally exist between the two. This has, and is an incredibly valuable experience that I will look back on with only fond eyes.