I’d like to thank my student Dana Moreno for her excellent final project: International Student Interview. I would also like to thank Chavisa for sharing her story with us. Because of their hard work, we have access to the cross-cultural experiences of a UNR international student from Bangkok, Thailand. I hope that this helps students coming to America as well as educators in America better prepare for study abroad’s challenges and rewards.
Many of Chavisa’s cross-cultural adaptation and transitional challenges are shared among international students. The following key points are from the video:
- Cross-Cultural Challenges: Language and family separation. She coped with language challenges by practicing with friends/teammates in addition to watching movies, listening to music, writing, and getting involved with activities to use the English language often. She had made more friends by getting involved with sports. Being separated from family can be very challenging but she used social media to stay in touch. (Skype and Facebook).
- When Chavisa came to the U.S., she knew people here which is helpful. She also had experience in Australia which helped prepare her for life in the U.S.
- She likes the U.S. culture, educational system, and diversity of people here
- Study Abroad Rewards: Increases professional development, confidence, knowledge/experience, open-mindedness. Builds friendships, language skills, cultural competencies, international experience.
To provide more stories about study abroad in America, I will post a new international student interview from a different country each week for the few weeks. Check out previous interviews with Jiao Jiao from Beijing, China or Nikki from Vietnam. Hope you find this helpful and please comment if you do. Thanks.
Also, HLSL Institute is a helpful resource for international students, travelers, expatriates and expatriate families coming to the U.S. Check it out if you want help with cultural transition, language, transportation, and acculturation development.
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