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Cultural Adjustment I remember the day I was going to start for a high school in Switzerland. I was so happy that I was away from home and my parents would not know what I was doing. My enthusiastism did not last long. In the course of time, I faced difficulties. In addition, I felt that I did not belong to this school that was full of international students. As I remember, I have challenged with a new language that put me in an evil situation. I thought I could not take it anymore and I asked myself "How did I go through that situation?" Culture shock can be considered as a rain that rains rarely in a city. It is kind of a rule that people often face difficulties and get over with it. First of all, the honeymoon process is not long which puts the person in a culture shock. Three ideas that people move from the stage Honeymoon to Culture shock are because they are disappointed about new things that they don't expect, becoming sick and not adjusting to the differences between two cultures. ...read more.


If the person often faces difficulties, the person can become sick after a while. Second, when the foreigner is not satisfied as he/she hoped, the person might go in depression. Thus, time should pass to calm one's frustration down. In that period of time the person might want to give up and go back to his/her country. Oberg explains that with the anger and nervousness the person can lose control of acts so that the person begins criticizing the people, country and the culture (75). The person doesn't want to realize the good side of a new culture. It is very easy for her/him to criticize the new culture, because the person thinks her/his culture is better. Moreover, the person tries to find international students for himself, to share his difficulties to make him/her comfortable. The person gets angry very quickly which can put the person in serious problems. Instead of changing and modifying himself, he criticizes the new culture. ...read more.


Consequently, the person should be aware of what he/she is doing to approach people. Otherwise, misunderstandings might occur and the person will feel wrong. Dodge explains that many foreign students are having a hard time in classrooms and dormitories (72). American customs usually does not match with foreign customs so that they cannot feel comfortable. People learn how to act and approach to people by making mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes, the visitor will learn quicker by making mistakes as she/he goes along. As we have seen, no matter what the visitor knows or do, the person struggles in a new culture in a foreign country. It is sure that the person learns from mistakes. The person should be aware of how to approach people and be patient with difficulties. What happened to me was, that time and patience took me from that culture shock, which everybody will achieve eventually. I am glad that I have gone through culture shock and I am also glad that I have experienced it. Therefore, anyone who are disappointed in a new culture should be eager to accomplish the process, they will not regret it. ...read more.

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