Culture shock is a real challenge for students studying away from home. Many cases of culture shock not only revolve around negative emotions, but also easily lead to psychological depression and have a huge impact on individual learning. Those who regularly follow The Glow Inside Out will probably know that the early days in Australia were quite a heavy time for me. I don’t even have the mind or inspiration to blog anymore. I always feel lost, unacceptable and no matter how hard I try it is just a redundant person in conversations with native speakers. So how can I, like other international students, overcome the issue of culture shock and fully enjoy my study abroad journey?
Take the initiative to find out
Before you leave, the more you know about your destination, the more confident you will feel. Take advantage of the information available on the internet, attend seminars organized by study abroad counseling centers, ask for experiences from your brothers and sisters and friends first and through it to prepare face-to-face psychology. with differences.
Always be ready to absorb the new
Coming to a new culture, there will be things that are normal to others, but extremely weird to me. For example, when I was in Japan, I took the bus, the driver was always polite to pick up the right point and always stopped the bus to pick up passengers at all stops. However, in Australia only when someone stands to signal by waving their hands, the driver will stop, otherwise they will rush away. Sometimes I’m really annoyed because I unfortunately didn’t notice a few minutes, until I looked up, I missed the bus.
Therefore, my advice is to limit my subjective comparisons, judgments and prejudices. Instead, through the point of view of indigenous people to understand the world around where you are. At that time, everything is not only easier, but maybe you will also discover many interesting and interesting things that you feel like.
Share it, don’t be shy
A school will not be able to claim only you as a foreign student. There are many people like you, even those who came to live and study before you for many years. There is also the university’s international student support team. Be boldly sharing with them your thoughts and feelings about the new environment and culture, the difficulties you are facing. Surely they will have useful advice to help solve your problem effectively, making you feel somewhat less stressed.
Actively build new relationships
The cultural difference will not be significant anymore when we have our own companions. Making friends is a fairly important part of college life because it will directly affect each person’s personal study abroad experience. Please actively participate in events, clubs, and activities held at school and in the community to have the opportunity to meet and get to know local students who can help you a lot in your work. integrate with life around
Be Proud of your own culture
Do not try to adapt in a new environment but have to hide who you really are. I myself used to be very shy about sharing my unique views and personalities just so that I wouldn’t become too different from everyone else. But in fact, it is the differences that make the excitement of a multicultural, multi-ethnic world where everyone wants to explore more about each other’s lifestyles, cuisines and languages. Studying abroad is a great experience on the way to career and dreams of ourselves, so the best way for us to adapt to it is nothing simpler than just being ourselves.
Facing cultural differences while studying abroad is not easy, but it helps each person to mature and understand more about the cultural values that they currently have. Like stepping out of our comfort zone, we will encounter certain difficulties, then be tempered and become confident when faced with any situation in life. Hopefully this article will help international students turn culture shock into a useful and valuable experience.