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Surname 1 Name: Instructor: Course: Date: International Student Introduction People normally imagine about appearance, characteristic and behavior of person when people talk about the word "Identity". Apparently, the word "Identity" is connected to personal identity which is being a person (Ross) . In fact, "Identity" itself has a meaning that "Identity may be defined as the distinctive character belonging to any given individual, or shared by all members of a particular social category or group". In other word, every person is unique because of identification. As a student may be identified to several aspects where the student come from, what is the student studying in, even what gender the student be (Wilson II, Clint, Gutierrez and Chao) . However, the identity can be changed if people consider about it with other aspects or perspectives. This essay will outline how culture and gender impact on international students' identity. Discussion First of all, "Identity" is about identification of people such as female or male, nationality, religion, role and other things. In fact, "People are not born with an identity. Rather, identity is something that evolves over time" (Pratt) . This means identity is formed itself when the time passed. Similar to self-concept, comprises individual's perception which come from individual's experiences and "interpretation" of the environment. Basically, identity and self-concept of a person is built from the person's beliefs and ideas which include himself or herself experiences. For instance, in general, adults have more understanding of their parent rather than teenagers. As a result of adults tend to be more sensible than teenagers and adults also have more experience than teenagers. These influences make adults have different point of view from teenagers. In this way, it can be said that people's experiences effect on their identity and lead to change their identity (Luyckx et al.) . Therefore, the changing of identity takes a period of time to be effect. Indeed, people normally learn from their experiences and build on their knowledge. This process is forming individual's belief. People's identity will be changed when the people change their beliefs by using "cognitive technique" to make changing of themselves beliefs. Regarding to this statement, international students' identity will probably change more or less because they have to adopt new culture. Secondly, culture is the important factor that impacts on people's identity especially international students as a result of living in different culture from their own. In the last decade, there has had large number of international students study in Australia (Goldie) . One
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