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Adjusting to a new culture is not easy. You may experience some difficult times, but we are here to help you. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions.
Culture shock is a normal and healthy reaction to being in a new environment. You may experience this as soon as you arrive, or shortly after you arrive.
For example, you may find some foods that you are not familiar with. Or, you may not hug people as a greeting in your home country.
Others can be invisible, such as values, rules, customs, traditions, and more.
For example, people in the U.S. usually do not ask others about their relationship status or age when they first meet because it can be considered as rude. In other culture, it might be completely okay.
Please see “Possible Differences Between the U.S. and Your Home Country” for more examples.
It might be exciting and interesting to see and experience all the differences at first. However, you may start feeling tired and homesick after a while.
Some of the symptoms to watch out for are:
Please know that it is completely normal to experience these as you adjust to the new culture.
The Senior Coordinator for Care and Conduct can help you adjust to life at INTO OSU.