Culture Shock Of The United States

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According to Quartz, 40% of foreign students in the United States have no close friends at school. Most of these international students come to the United States from China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada ( 40% of foreign students in the US have no close friends on campus: The culture shock of loneliness). All these international students are bound to experience culture shock in some form or another. Culture shock is defined as anxiety that results from losing all familiar signs and symbols of social intercourse (Oberg). Culture shock often occurs during the process of settling to a new place that is different from the person’s homeland. Along side with anxiety, depression also occurs as a result of experiencing culture shock. Although culture shock is often tied to its negative connotations, there is no actual danger from culture shock itself, only from not being treated properly. Migrating from one country to another and feeling unfamiliar to the area is not something that can be prevented or necessarily bad, but not being able to transition properly is the real issue. Schools and colleges should group international students together to allow a smoother transition between different cultures and to surround them with people that are on the same boat. To begin, culture shock is the result of moving to a new area with different culture than what one is used to. The term “culture” is referred to as a common way or practice that members of the community act, communicate and look (Culture Shock). This ranges from how one greet others, the food they eat, what they wear, how they commute and most importantly, the language. The most obvious example would be that in South Korea, they speak korean whereas in California they ... ... middle of paper ... ...ncreasing each year and colleges should put some extra focus on them. The effort of grouping these students by their homeland takes no extra effort, but simply a different kind of system than what we currently have. Students that come from other countries for school are guaranteed to experience culture shock which results in anxiety and depression. The cure for this type of anxiety and depression is to make friends that have similar backgrounds and to be social, but often times the situation and depression makes it difficult to find these friends. This is where colleges come in with their new system of grouping international students together, this process will prevent depression and anxiety from students. Culture shock would not have a negative connotation if colleges adapted this new system because students can easily adapt to new culture by adapting it with others.
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