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Living in a culture that is different from your own can be a difficult process as well as an exciting adventure. No matter where you are from, all international students experience a period of cultural acclimatization. You will have a more fulfilling experience—both academically and personally—if you comprehend this adjustment process and receive support during this transition. The values, social norms, and traditions in the United States might be very dissimilar from your country of origin’s ideas about “how things ought to be.” People naturally bring their own backgrounds and life experiences with them when they move to a different culture, and these experiences influence how they see and interact with their new surroundings. For instance, while some of you may find it simple to adapt to American classroom culture, others may face significant difficulties. When someone first enters a foreign culture, they frequently experience “culture shock,” which is a common experience that includes feelings of confusion, stress, and disorientation. Remember that not everyone experiences cultural adjustment in the same ways and that different people may experience the symptoms of culture shock to varying degrees and at different times. Culture is relative, which explains why people from various cultures may have varying perspectives on American norms. The American communication style may come across as being too direct for some people while being insufficiently direct for others. You will be exposed to a wide variety of novel customs, habits, and ideas as an international student. While it’s not necessary to change your own values in order to adapt to a new culture, it’s important to respect those of others. Try to imagine yourself embarking on a new adventure whenever you find yourself in a strange situation. Give yourself permission to be curious about how things are perceived and carried out in this novel setting.

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