I had experienced three out of four stages of cultural adjustment. In the beginning, when I moved to another country for the sake of good quality education, I was very excited; the honeymoon period was going on, new atmosphere, curious and ready to experience new adventures as well. After a few weeks of excitement, I started feeling frustration over different behaviors in the surroundings. I was asking the question of why people bother themselves to watch weather updates after each hour. Why don’t people talk to each other about their misdeeds instead of holding a grudge? Then after months, I started understanding the behavior of people and some facts about culture. This is the phase where I once again became relax and started making progress in academics and in personal life as well.
There is the obvious reason that whenever a person moves towards a new culture or to different countries find numerous challenges. In the beginning, everything seems like a dream come true and a person feels delighted and excited. Hence when I moved I was very eager to move to other culture and to get familiar with new surroundings and new atmosphere. But when I was in the second stage my all excitement vanished and the excitement started going low. I was started experiencing an unwanted event. I felt homesickness and was anxious in dealing with people or meeting the challenges of academics. Hence I felt and faced a frustrating phase of cultural shock. Then gradually, in the next stage, I started adjusting myself with the new environment and new requirements. I had made up my mind and once again was normalized in accepting culturally different things in the daily routine of life. Now I am familiar with most of the different traits, norms, and nations. I am well adjusted now but still struggling to adapt to the new environment.
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