Welcome back students, staff and friends! As exciting as it is to be here at Willamette, it’s natural to be disoriented, confused or frustrated when adjusting to a new semester, country or culture. This month we asked Willamette’s International students to share their own experiences of “culture shock.” This edition shows us some differences between the United States and our contributors home countries. Keep reading to learn about the true difference between America and the Czech Republic, differences in academics and dining customs, how to help TIUA students in a new culture, and the surprise of feeling at home at Willamette!
Maybe the unfamiliar is not so strange after all- we are all human and not so different from each other. It’s like the game “spot the differences,” while there are some differences (at least 15 in the one here), we are mostly the same!