I have been a Purple Raider since fifth grade.
Little fifth grade me probably didn’t walk into school predicting that he’d be starting and ending his college search that day. I was more than likely worried about what I was …Read more
I think the combination of a liberal arts education and professional preparation makes for a versatile student who can bring a lot of different things to the table.
When an individual leaves his or her own culture and goes into another, s/he naturally carries his/her own background of experience. People's reactions to the new culture, and how well they adjust to living in it, are often a reflection of their own background and expectations.
Most international students go through a common and very normal set of four adjustment phases during their sojourn in the United States. It may help to describe these phases, but keep in mind that everyone is different and may experience some of the symptoms of "culture shock" in varying degrees and at different times.
"Culture shock" is not at all "shocking," it is a perfectly normal part of learning to live in a new cultural environment. Nearly everyone goes through it; different people experience some of the phases more intensely than others. The anxiety, stress and discomfort you might experience during your stages of adaptation to Mount Union and American cultures may appear in the following symptoms:
The four phases of adjustment:
(Adapted from International Student Companion, Alateme Jesse Sonari, 1994)