I’m gonna take these next two posts to talk a bit about culture shock. This is the time of year that people have been accepted to and are beginning to prepare for study abroad. Most programs will include some sort of discussion about the «roller coaster of culture shock», but in case yours doesn’t…
This is really excellent advice.
"Like it or not, how you deal with this process will determine whether or not you have a good year. Everyone will experience it. Symptoms include: sleep troubles (of a wide variety), exhaustion, headaches, irritability, general depression and loss of appetite. The worse your culture shock is, the worse these will be, so it’s important to recognize and monitor yourself because here’s the thing, The Pits is a great gaping bog of a place. It can suck you down and hold you there all year long. Am I scaring you? Good. Now you’ll be paying attention for the next section."