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Ketan Patil

4 months ago

Cultural Shocks You Must Know!

Even if you have planned and prepared for it, leaving home and travelling to study in a new country can be a stressful experience. Many people are surprised by the impact of culture shock, and it can be helpful to realise that your experience is quite normal.

What exactly is Cultural Shock?
The impact of moving from a familiar culture to one that is unfamiliar is referred to as culture shock. It includes the culture shock of a new environment, meeting a large number of new people, and learning the ways of a new country. It also includes the shock of being separated from the people who are important in your life, such as family, friends, colleagues, and teachers: people you would talk to in times of uncertainty, people who give you support and guidance.

Climate: Many students find that the weather has a significant impact on them. You may find the gloominess and cloudiness difficult to adjust to, especially during the winter months.

Roles in society: You may be perplexed, surprised, or offended by social behaviours. People may appear cold, distant, or always in a hurry, for example. You may notice that men and women's relationships are more or less formal than you are accustomed to, as well as differences in same-sex social contact and relationships.

'Behavior Rules': There will be differences in how people decide what is important, how tasks are assigned, and how time is tracked, for example. Keeping to a schedule is essential in both business and academic life. Always arrive on time for lectures, classes, and meetings with academic and administrative personnel. If you are going to be late for a meeting, please try to notify the organisers ahead of time.

Values: Norms, assumptions, and beliefs are deeply embedded in cultures. It can be surprising and sometimes upsetting to discover that others do not share your most deeply held beliefs. Try to accept things as much as possible until you understand how different parts of a culture fit together to form a coherent whole. When you understand both cultures, you will probably find some aspects of each that you like and others that you don’t.

If you do experience the stress of cultural adjustment in the future and would like to learn methods of coping more effectively with your transition, please contact your university's respective counselling department.

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