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Diversity Statement Our paddles blades pierced through the water simultaneously as wesynchronized our strokes to the coxswains calls I clenched my teeth as anacute pain shot throughout my arms and instead put more strength into eachstroke As a member of the National University of Singapore dragonboatteam this action has become part of my daily routine My foray intovarsity sports especially one regarded in Singapore as the most physicallydemanding was the first time I challenged myself in an area in which I wasknowingly weak Fleeting thoughts of quitting as some left were overcome bythe resolve to continue because while this was my biggest personal struggleyet I was confident that my background equipped me with the means topersevere My experience growing up was one of transition and adaptation as Ileft Shanghai for Toronto as a toddler and returned years later to livewith my grandparents I engaged in intense studying of Chinese to bring myMandarin to a level commensurate to my classmates resulting in scoringthe highest in exams out of the entire grade within the same year Thisearly experience instilled within me the value of hard work and confidencein my potential which I carried on as I entered an international schoolwhere I strived to pick up years of American vernacular while takingentirely new subjects in English Yet the academic struggles I faced were not as difficult as thoseover my identity Terms like third culture kid encapsulated cross-cultural experiences similar to mine but none captured the attachments Ifelt towards my amalgamated Canadian and Chinese cultural heritages Isimultaneously belonged to both cultures and neither having to apply for avisa to enter China while referring to myself as from Shanghai Inuniversity my knowledge in both languages and cultures found its niche incoursework and research opportunities focusing on political issues inChina which required studying Chinese issues grounded in Western academictheories It
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