Sometimes is very easy to think ….”of course I’m ready to go abroad ¡¡¡¡” .
Do you know what is “culture shock”??
It includes the shock of a new environment, meeting lots of new people and learning the ways of a different country. It also includes the shock of being separated from the important people in your life, maybe family, friends, colleagues, teachers: people you would normally talk to at times of uncertainty, people who give you support and guidance. When familiar sights, sounds, smells or tastes are no longer there you can miss them very much. If you are tired and jet-lagged when you arrive small things can be upsetting and out of all proportion to their real significance.
It is important to point that culture shock is entirely normal, usually unavoidable and not a sign that you have made a mistake or that you won’t manage. In fact there are very positive aspects of culture shock.
The experience can be a significant learning experience, making you more aware of aspects of your own culture as well as the new culture you have entered. It will give you valuable skills that will serve you in many ways now and in the future and which will be part of the benefit of an international education.
Our piece of advice: .
-Do not compare the new country with your own country, accept the changes and adapt to them. .
-Do not stress out if you don`t understand the language: learn new words every day, ask questions, smile and be positive. .
-Open up to the people around you, nevermind if you don’t understand them. .
-Do not think that because you are student you can skip responsibilities and commitment, you are one more at the team. .
-Learn and try the food, traditions and way of living during you stay abroad, you may not like it but it is worth a try.
Enjoy your Erasmus+ ¡¡¡¡¡