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STAGES OF TRANSITION:HoneymoonIn this settling-in stage...You may experience exhilaration, anticipation, nervousness and excitement. Everything you see or do many be seen in a positive light because most people are fascinated by the new culture. This can last a few days, weeks or even months.HostilityAfter passing through the 'honeymoon' stage... Apparent differences between the old and new cultures. The excitement you had before may now turn to frustration as people don't understand you and you also have trouble understanding others. Acceptance This stage begins when... You start to appreicate and accept your new surroundings. The new environment no longer feels all that new and things become more normal as routines develop. AdaptionEventually...You begin to feel at home in your new environment and you find greater satisfaction - personally and academically.
the process of adjusting to another culture
Learn to recognize the culture shock symptoms to help in coping.
-Record and share your experience through various online tools (blogs, Facebook, MySpace, etc.)-Focus on developing a sense of humour-Work to establish a new network of friends-Try to minimize your isolation.-Join a club or volunteer.-Devote some energy to maintaining your sense of personal identity-Don't dwell on the negatives
-Expect it. It is normal, even to the most seasoned travellers.-Know yourself, your values and your expectations-Talk to other international students or staff about your adjustment.-Access the support of your Go Global advisor or UBC program advisor as needed.
-homesickness, idealizing home-feeling helpless and dependent-social withdrawal-excessive concern for health/security-crying-feeling like you have no control in your life-questioning your decision to move to this place
to help combat culture shock:
Try the following strategies
-too much sleep or insomnia-eating too much or no appetite-frequent minor illnesses-frequent upset stomach/headaches-lonliness or sadness