Behavior rules, which might help new international students
The problem of adaptation to the educational process is very spread between the international students. The reality of being foreigner makes living hard in the strange land, when a person has to make a number of personal, social and environmental changes upon arrival (Daya 435). The main aim is to pass this stressful period quickly and to adapt as soon as possible to start a new great page of their lives.
There are a lot of things that will make the process of adaptation faster and easier. People say that clothes make the man. It is hard to argue with this statement. Be responsible while choosing the clothes for your first appearance at the college, as first impression you can make only once. You should know what students usually wear. Try not to shock new classmates with your look.
However, it is not as important as to know properly how to behave and what to talk about in public, as only with help of this knowledge your period of adaptation will pass painlessly. There are few basic things you must know.
Take notice that observation – is your best trump card that will help you to adapt to the new environment. Remember the names of new classmates; try to get to know more about their hobbies, habits. With good observation skill you will know how to behave at the collective with established rules.
There are also few things, which you should not do. Try not to be part of conflicts, show your dissatisfaction in public, be rude or intolerant. From the very beginning of your studding you should not refuse to go somewhere with new friends or pass college events, as exactly the informal atmosphere brings people together. It would be really great if you became the initiator of informal meeting. Be open heart, friendly and smiled and you will see how much can you achieve.
Daya S. Sandhu and Badiolah R. Asrabadi Development of an acculturative stress scale for international students: preliminary findings. Psychological Reports: pp. 435-448. 1994.
Yuefang Zhou, Divya Jindal-Snape, Keith Topping & John Todman Theoretical models of culture shock and adaptation in international students in higher
education, Studies in Higher Education, pp.63-75, 2008.