Culture Shock

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This essay will describe the features of move abroad discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the new environment lived by immigrants and travelers.

Submitted: March 15, 2017

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English Language Company School – Sydney, Australia
Academic English 1 (EAP & IELTS)
Unit 10: Culture Shock

Name: Daniel Di Tommaso
Student Number: 16163
Essay: EAP

 

Culture shock is defined as “a transitional experience encountered by individuals because they find themselves unable to use known and familiar cultural references to understand aspects of their identity in a new culture”. (Australian Catholic University International Blog, 2012). Culture shock can arise not only with people who travel abroad or study, but also people who move for the first time from their familiar atmosphere. People usually experience this phenomenon in different phases. This essay will describe the features of move abroad discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the new environment lived by immigrants and travelers.

 

There are a few astonishing benefits of culture shock. To begin with, there are four identified behaviours developed by travelers. The first is that elation and optimism, landing in a new country which is determined the honeymoon phase. Adapting to a new environment takes time and the pace of transition varies from person to person. Over time anxiety and feelings of surprise disorientation, confusion starts to appear in the mind, in some cases in serious cases of depression. This phase is called crisis phase, representing the second culture adjustment for international adventurers. As highlight immigrants can observe changes in personal development, flexibility to welcome ideas, more independence, eating and sleeping habits, acute homesickness and sometimes irritability.

 

People from different cultures have distinct values. After experience the new climate for a while, newcomers tends to live the recovery and adjustment phases. Restore from culture shock is handled differently by everyone. With time and patience foreigners start to experience new and positive aspects of daily life. Increasing the self-confidence, improving yourself in motivation and success attitudes and cultural sensitivity. As long as they gradually participate the feeling of comfort and adaptation became usual in the new ambiance. From then on, the social networking and new ideas increases naturally and the objective of the own culture and values starts to welcome new beliefs, including cultural traditions, customs and religions. 

 

To sum up, there is no doubt that moving abroad requires self-control, patience, resilience, open mind and the determination to try again and again, how many times it is necessary. Concentrate all efforts and live a life like you have never imagined. Learning every day a different lesson, living in other country is not only experience something new, but to create a new shadow of you. For that reason… “smile like you've never cried, fight like you've never lost, love like you've never been hurt, and live like there's no tomorrow” (Good morning quote, 2015).

 

References:

Good Morning Quote 2015, Good Morning Quote, viewed 14 March 2017, <http://www.goodmorningquote.com>.

International Blog 2012, weblog post, 07 March viewed 13 March 2017, <http://blogs.acu.edu.au/international/11482/culture-shock/>.

Medium 2016, Global Perspectives, viewed 14 March 2017, <https://medium.com/global-perspectives/the-4-stages-of-culture-shock-a79957726164#.gu9uc8h5c>.


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