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Culture Shock "You're going to the United States to live ? How wonderful ! You are really lucky!" I still remember my friends said that to me when I left China. But it maybe not seemed true all the time.

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Culture Shock "You're going to the United States to live ? How wonderful ! You are really lucky!" I still remember my friends said that to me when I left China. But it maybe not seemed true all the time. First, it seemed my life in this new country was wonderful and exciting. I tasted different kind of food, took a lot of photos wherever I visit. I felt pleased because everything is new and exciting when I first arrived at here. I could learn and acquire new perspectives through the new culture, and it could also make me have a better understanding of myself and developed my creativity. But the problems arised just after few weeks. Even if I tried hard to absoarb everything in the new culture, but I still had difficulties. ...read more.

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It was extremely cold in winter. I was really afraid of cold. It took me long time to adapt the weather. I began to tired of eating such kind of food, sandwiches, pizza, hamburger. I missed the familiar smells of the food I am accustomed to in my country. It took time to figure out the public service systems such as gas station, post office and bank at the first time. I felt uncomfortable. I felt that everyone was watching me because I was a foreigner, I don't look similar to the natives. I felt I was an outsider. I was really self- conscious at that time. With a new context comes new ways of doing things, I found I was uninitiated and unsure of what to do or how to do things, what was appropriate or inappropriate. ...read more.

Conclusion

Second, keepa sense of humor. Because the ability to laugh off things will help guard against despair. Third,make new friends and go for short walks to familiarize yourself with your area, and set yourself a task each time. I have learn how to " read" the new context so far. I become aware of the new cues, the new expectations, the new ways of communicating. With some trial and error, I almost succeed in overcoming culture shock and learn to enjoy the life more. Someone said "Changing the environment is a little bit like changing the water in a fish tank. We were supposed to keep one third of the old water and replace two thirds with fresh water. That way, the fish don't completely freak out. Their new environment is diluted with some water from their old environment. " I think the better way to overcome the culture shock is to open your mind ,absorb new information. ...read more.

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