[Overcoming the Cultural Shock] 【戰勝文化衝擊】

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[Overcoming the Cultural Shock]

By: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Image: http://www.studyinalberta.ca

Are you an international or an exchange student? Are you living in completely different surroundings, in a new culture away from home? If yes, then I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. Cultural shock is the realization of the differences in an unfamiliar culture and way of life in the new locality you may have recently moved into.

Moving to a new country is not easy. It is a mentally challenging event that makes you feel a bit disoriented and confused at first. Some of the reasons you might feel a bit upset could be due to the stark differences such as, food, language, pace of life, weather, and even new friends. All these changes can make you feel distant or alienated, and also homesick. Psychologically, it can affect your body in several ways, thereby inducing frequent mood swings, withdrawal from socializing, etc.

Cultural shock might sound rather depressing, but it should be taken up as a challenge to successfully overcome it, so that you can gain from your experience in a foreign surrounding or country. Learning to adapt by keeping an open mind and embracing the differences is essential to settle in. It might take a while, but once you start adapting to your new environment, you will start to feel relaxed and comfortable. Immerse yourself into this new culture, take in everything you see, hear, or smell, make new friends, and make yourself at home. Most importantly, remember, ‘It’s not good or bad – it’s just different.’


文: Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)

譯: 劉陽河 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)

圖: http://www.studyinalberta.ca




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