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How do you adapt to a new culture when abroad?

4 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Marie
     
    Marie
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Be open-minded and patient! Accept the fact that that particular way is how they do things in...
    Be open-minded and patient! Accept the fact that that particular way is how they do things in that country and that it is going to be different from your own. Acknowledge the differences.
  • mentor picture Irene
     
    Irene
    Junior Year Film Production Major
    Loyola Marymount University
    The most important thing is to be open-minded. Enjoy the experience and learn as much as you can....
    The most important thing is to be open-minded. Enjoy the experience and learn as much as you can. Do research before hand on the local culture so that everything won’t be such a shock when you arrive. If you live with a host family, ask them a lot of question because they probably love talking about their culture and will be happy to share it with you. Another good thing to do is get to know the locals. Just remember to be open to everything and you will find yourself immersed in the culture in no time.
  • mentor picture Amelia
     
    Amelia
    Senior Year Student
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Adapting to a new culture requires patience and flexibility. Without embracing these two qualities...
    Adapting to a new culture requires patience and flexibility. Without embracing these two qualities everyday, adapting can become difficult. You should expect to assimilate into the society after a few weeks, but full integration can take months or even years to accomplish--so don't worry if you are not entirely connected with the people after a short while. What is important is to continue to respect the people and the culture, and eventually, you will adapt to the lifestyle and culture.
 
 
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