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The ability to keep one's mind open and receptive to new stimuli. OM is demonstrated by a willingness to try to
understand and appreciate alt!oug! not necessarily adopt" t!e #alues and $elie%s o% ot!ers. OM also means
appreciating that a different point of view may be equally valid.
+ receptive to new ideas, respectful of different beliefs & values, receptive to others' opinions, unprejudiced
- narrow-minded, opinionated, prejudiced, disdainful of beliefs and values different from one's own
Sense of Self
clear& secure %eeling a$out onesel% is usually present in individuals who are neither weak nor overbearing in their
relationships with others. !ersons with a secure sense of themselves stand up for what they believe but do not cling to those
beliefs in the face of new information or perspectives.
+ self-confident, mature, self-assured, confident in one's own abilities, self-reliant, calm, composed, not easily rattled
' inadequate SOS" overly timid, self-conscious, lacking confidence, hesitant, overly dependent on others
- too much SOS: overly confident in one's own abilities, arrogant, conceited, self-centered
bility to
#ope with
The a$ility to cope wit! di%%iculties& pro$lems and)or %ailure is critical because everyone has some difficult challenges
%&or fails at something overseas. Students who want to go overseas are often those who have been successful in their home
environments and may have rarely e'perienced difficulties. ('perience with difficulties) problems %&or failure is
important in de#eloping a range o% coping $e!a#iors& such as ability to solve problems % to be resourceful when faced
with challenges
+ able to deal with problems or difficult situations in a calm or balanced manner, able to come up with strategies/solutions
for dealing with difficulties, able to learn from mistakes or a difficult experience, able to persevere
- inability to learn from mistakes, gives up easily in the face of obstacles, cannot imagine failing at something for example,
a school test!
Many situations in other cultures are confusing and ambiguous. student needs to be a$le to e*press !is)!er own %eelings
and t!oug!ts) as well as to be a$le to as+ %or !elp in interpreting unfamiliar behaviors and subtle cultural cues.
+ engaging, articulate, expressive, willing and able to express thoughts or feelings easily
- overly timid, shy or bashful, unexpressive
The a$ility to respond to or to tolerate t!e am$iguity o% new situations is crucial. This may mean having to alter and)or
gi#e up %amiliar $e!a#ioral patterns) and become familiar with or take on new behaviors of the host family and culture.
+ able to adjust to different situations" willing to give up some of own customary habits to be a part of the host family &
new culture" willing to try new, unfamiliar activities & customs" willing & able to compromise
- uncompromising" unwilling to follow #$ rules" unable to adjust to new/different situations, activities &/or customs
#+, is the demonstrated desire to +now a$out ot!er people& places& ideas& etc- #+, is important because students are
constantly being confronted with new and different events and behaviors. genuine interest in those differences usually
leads to %aster learning and ad.ustment-
+ eager to learn, in%uisitive, in%uiring, interested in learning about whatever! in the &'
- indifferent, not interested in learning about other people, places, etc(
about the
Students choose to spend time overseas for a variety of reasons. -t is important to notice if the student understands that t!is
e*perience may $e di%%icult at times $ut wort! t!e reward i% !e)s!e perse#eres-
+ while expecting some challenges to adjusting to the &' way of life, expects to be able to do so successfully with the help of
host family" understands there will be some difficulties, expects differences between own culture and &' culture
- unrealistic expectations about life in the &'" expects to have no difficulty making adjustments" pre-defined positive or
negative expectations regarding host family composition, school, friendships, travel and other special opportunities" expects
that others will adjust to him/her" expects unlimited freedom
Tolerance for
student will need to be a$le to tolerate people w!o !a#e di%%erent #alues& $elie%s and practices. This implies an
emotional and inner strengt! to be able not only to learn about others) but also to feel secure within one's self in the midst
of others who may feel) look and act in a different manner.
+ tolerant/accepting of others with different values, beliefs, looks, behavior, etc(" nonjudgmental" able to tolerate a new &
different environment/lifestyle" accepting of other viewpoints
- intolerant of beliefs, values & practices different from one's own" unable to tolerate/accept different male/female roles"
judgmental" disdainful of other viewpoints
,egard for
!,O includes the a$ility to e*press warmt!& empat!y& respect& and positi#e regard %or ot!er persons. -t is the ability to
perceive and .feel. a situation from the point of view of others without /udging or reacting negatively. !eople are most
effective when they are able to communicate this empathy to others) even when a situation or behavior may make them feel
+ respectful, shows concern for others, kind, friendly
- disrespectful, rude, unfriendly, lack of concern for others
Sense of
-n another culture) there are many things which lead one to weep) get angry) be annoyed) embarrassed) etc. The ability to
laugh things off) and not take one's self or the situation too seriously will help guard against despair.
BEWARE: Thi i !e"# di$$icu%t to identi$# due to indi!idua%& "e'iona% and cu%tu"a% (iae-
T!e student3s demonstration o% t!e %actor is e*tremely positi#e and unusually well de#eloped-
There is strong evidence 2including significant details) e'amples and strategies3 indicating that the
student possesses this quality.
T!e student !as demonstrated t!e %actor in a positi#e& %airly well'de#eloped way- There is some
con#incing evidence 2including details and e'amples3 indicating that the student possesses this
T!e student !as demonstrated t!e %actor in a positi#e& somew!at de#eloped manner-
There is some evidence that the student possesses this quality) but the student did not
provide details or e'amples.
T!e student !as demonstrated t!is %actor in a somew!at negati#e manner- (vidence is
somewhat negative and suggests that the student may not possess this quality.
T!e student !as demonstrated t!e %actor in a negati#e way- (vidence is clearly negative and
suggests that the student does not possess this quality.
pplicant mentions has stayed in the +.S. longer than 5 months in the past 6 years
-ndication of imminent plans to emigrate to the +.S.
,eference to violent behavior
$isturbing comments regarding behavior
Student participated in the program and was sent home early) involuntarily
-n-#lass (ssay is similar or identical to another student7s
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-mmaturity" overdependence on family or other individuals8 too immature and&or shy
rrogance" appears to be self-centered) overconfident8 e'pects that others will ad/ust to student
ppears to speak or behave in an aggressive manner
-nconsistent self-image" contradictory statements about personality
Singular involvement at a high level in an activity) interest) or academic sub/ect
('clusively involved in solitary activities 2e.g.) reading) computing) sewing3
!re-defined e'pectation of host family composition
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9o motivation or interest in the program8 parent2s3 overly interested in student's participation
Mastering (nglish as sole motivation
#oncerns about university entrance and&or military service
-ndication of recent death or serious illness of an immediate family member
-ndication of plans to remain in the +.S. to attend university after the program year
-ndication that student has relative2s3 currently in the +nited States
+nusual concern for the safety of the student either by parent2s3 and&or student
pplicant was accepted to the program in a previous competition and declined
Student participated in the program and returned home early) voluntarily
!lans to emigrate to a 5
country 2besides the +S3.
Significant use of second language
ny issue that gives you cause for concern about this student's preparedness for the program