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Chapter 3 discussed competence. Knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and motivation are building blocks of intercultural communication competence. I thought it was interesting that it said if one person is not motivated to communicate then skill is not involved. We can not assume that people want to communicate. I had a friend growing up who’s parents were both born and raised in Mexico. When I was over at his house they all spoke is spanish and I would sit there wondering if they were taking about me. My friend, Oskar, was born in the United States and spoke perfect English. I thought that when I met him that he wasn’t going to be able to speak very well. I think that I stereotyped him based on his profile. In chapter 3 it says “to avoid stereotyping, it is important to be aware of the range in thought and behavior across cultures and not to assume that since a person belongs to a particular group that he or she will behave in a certain way.” 

Chapter 4 discussed culture. The activity that we did in class where we split into groups to create a community was helpful to illustrate this concept of culture. We made a community and decided who lived there, where it was located, how the people learned, characteristics and rituals. At the end we went around and discussed how Americans would view this place. It was interesting to me to hear the different characteristics between all the communities that were presented. This can be the same for the real world we live in. Every place has a different culture and different values. I think that it is important to appreciate our differences so that we can better understand one another. 

Allow me to reintroduce myself

My name is Hov. Sike, my name is Jake Toolson and I am from Gilbert, Arizona. I play basketball here at Utah Valley University. I played a couple of years at BYU and decided to transfer to play for Coach Pope at UVU. I am studying speech communication and I am currently somewhere between my junior and senior year in school. I will be a sophomore on the basketball team so my plan is to get an MBA after I graduate next summer or fall. 

In Chapter 1 I was really interested in the diversity aspect. On my team at UVU we have a very diverse group of guys. We have guys from Germany, Finland, Sudan, and all across the United States. It is important to understand my teammates so that we can achieve success as a group. Being able to understand different cultures and the way that the people around me operate will help me be a better teammate. I have tried to learn some words in German and Finish so that I can connect with me teammates. I sometimes just throw a couple words out here and there and completely catch them off guard. I get a laugh out of them and I feel like it shows them that I am trying to make them feel comfortable. 

Chapter 2 continued to talk about values and norms of different cultures. I think that I have been exposed to diversity on the basketball court. I love to talk to those around me and try to understand better what they value. It is cool to see the values that we have in common while seeing the differences. I think that it makes me a better person and helps me see from a different perspective. It is a goal of mine to play professional basketball and a lot of times that journey takes you overseas. The more I can learn now the better off I will be in the future if I happen to be living in a different country.