When you come to the United States as an international student, you bring with you dreams to succeed and general notion about the U.S. and the American Culture. Most people traveling outside of their own countries experience a level of culture shock- the process of adjusting to a new country and new culture that might be dramatically different from their own. Few signs of culture shock include: feelings of anger over small issues; excessive homesickness; sleeping disorders; depression and other related symptoms.
Here are some tips to minimize culture shock:
- Get involved with your studies
- Join student organizations and participate in various student activities on campus
- Make new friends – both international and American, and get to know them and their culture better
- Stay connected with family and share your new experiences and problems. They will be happy to hear from you and also would be helpful in preparing for your new challenges
- Be outgoing and visit new places
- Seek a counselor’s help available on campus