Last week I met a friend by chance. He’s half Japanese and a university student, and we talked about a lot of things just outside Lawson’s.

One of the things we talked about was relationships, and he told me that if he had a girlfriend, he would like to have a girlfriend who’s international. I agree with him, but what is an international person?

According to the International Baccalaureate, a non-profit educational foundation, an internationally-minded person:

  • knows how to learn independently and with others
  • knows about a lot of different things and local and global issues
  • uses critical and creative thinking skills to analyze problems
  • confidently and creatively communicates in more than one language, and listens carefully to the perspectives of different individuals
  • respects the rights of people everywhere
  • appreciates his/her own culture as well as others’