Diversity should be seen as an opportunity to learn from others and to experience things that can only be experienced from this diversity. Personally, I can say that I have been exposed to diversity since the time I was able to understand its meaning. During my high school and college years, I was able to interact with other races and nationalities. As early as that time, I learned that the world was not made up of only a single race and that I had to get to know them to get along with them better.
Another experience I had regarding diversity was the time I made a volunteer trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Here, I was able to experience first-hand what the media was always trying to portray regarding poor countries where people are not able to receive proper medical care. I came to realize that there are really people who cannot afford medical care and treatment due to their financial situations.
The positive outcome of this trip was that I did not feel that I had to limit myself and not help them just because they are of different skin color or nationalities as I am. I am aware that diversity exists wherever I go but I should not choose who to serve or who to get to know and get along with. If I want to be a successful physician, I should realize as early as this time that I will encounter any type of individual who will need my medical assistance and that I should never refuse anyone medical care just because they are physically or culturally different from me.