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Cultural challenge

Being the ¨new guy¨ in a different country, city or even in another school or university in the same place is not a comfortable situation for most of the people, but I personally believe that we as a human being have the capacity to adapt ourselves in any situation in our life. Studying in another country is an experience that you must live to understand how is about it and how you can turn it into a positive or in a negative way.

I have a friend who went to London to learn English, at first he was suppose to be there for one year, but then, he just stay in there for four months because he does not feel comfortable in that culture. When he returns to Colombia everyone (including me) were making fun of him because London is an amazing city and almost all the people want to live in there, the problem was that why they and me didn’t know is that living in another country requires to makes some changes in your lifestyle and he was not accustomed to this.

Nowadays I am in his position and I can understand the big picture of the situation, living in another country is nothing similar compared when you are just for vacations, so you need to adapt yourself to many different things, but the most important one is the new culture that you have just in front of you. According to that, you may change some activities that you usually did or not in your home country, for example, most of the upper and middle class in Colombia have a housemaid so they cook and clean for us, so when I came here I need to cook by myself and I thought it was going to be difficult because it was going to be my first time doing it, but then I realized that it was not too bad because I understand that in here you need to be a little bit more autonomous and it does not mean that it is better or wrong, it is just different than the way in Colombia work.

That kind of little situations makes you growth as a person because you are affronting a new lifestyle that requires more responsibility than the one you were accustom before, but there are people that doesn’t look the new situation as a challenge, my friend does not like the food and he does not even try to cook by himself, so he did not do anything to solve that ¨problem¨, the only way he found at that time was returning to Colombia and waste all the money that their parents already pay for the English course. Instead of that, there are other people that try to deal with the problems of the culture shock because they think that it only represent a new challenge in their life.

In addition, if you perceive the culture shock as a new challenge in your life you can take advantages from it because now you can get this experience to adjust yourself into new things that comes into your future life, for example, if you get a job outside your home country it will be easier for you to move than other people that never lived in another country before. Also another important point from knowing the new culture very well is going to makes you know how things works in the United States, so it will helps you to understand what the professors, your housemates and almost everyone expects about you and it will lead you to be a success person and mostly in your roll as a student.

Finally, I think that every new situation in our life is a big challenge and it depends on you if you want to take it or not, if you decide to take it, you must be open minded in order to understand the difference between the cultures and learn as much as you can from everything around you, that is why you must socialize with everyone (teacher, students, housemates) to get familiar with their culture and take the positive aspects to include it to your life and avoid the negative ones because they are not going to contribute anything for your success.…...

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