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New Cultural Adjustment Roller Coaster, AEC @ KU

This presentation will give you a brief overview of the 4 stages of cultural adjustment. At the end of the presentation, you will find links to campus resources at KU.

Katie McClintic

on 20 September 2016

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Transcript of New Cultural Adjustment Roller Coaster, AEC @ KU

AEC Advising Programs
University of Kansas

Just like a roller coaster...
...there are lots of...
...and downs!
Anticipation, excitement, nervousness, curiosity...
...all of these describe how you are feeling in this stage
You focus on similarities and differences you can easily see...
...but culture is like an iceberg.
It's much deeper than what appears on the surface!
These deeper aspects aren't easily seen until you spend more time in a culture....
...then you enter the next stage.

lack of motivation...

Parts of the new culture seem strange or offensive.
Physical Symptoms
trouble sleeping at night
unable to stay awake during the day
Psychological Symptoms
no energy
uninterested in daily life
During this stage, you might develop some
Then you begin to head back up to stage 3...
You start to feel more comfortable with new behaviors and the environment...
...things seem to be getting easier...
...you start to see deeper aspects of the new culture as different rather than wrong...
...you begin to develop problem solving skills to deal with new aspects of the culture...
...and most importantly, you develop a more positive attitude about the ups and downs of life in the USA!
Stage 3: Adjustment
For most people, it takes about a year to go through all of the stages.
Along the way, you will experience a lot of ups and downs...
...just remember to enjoy the ride!
Student Resources
Student Organizations

Center for Community Outreach

KU Student Union Activities

Corq (App)

How can I become friends with more American students at KU?
What do American teachers expect students to do in class?
I really miss my family and friends back home. What can I do to feel less homesick?
I can't get used to American food. How can I find healthy food to eat?
4 Stages of Cultural Adjustment
Stage 1: Honeymoon
The Honeymoon stage lasts around 3 months...
Stage 2: Culture Shock
You begin to see the deeper aspects of a culture...
...some of which you may not like!
You begin to think things like...
Who am I?"
"What am I doing here?"
"What's wrong with you people?!"
In addition, you are also struggling with learning the language and making deeper connections with people....
...but just like a roller coaster, this dip won't last forever!
Stage 2 of the cultural adjustment process usually lasts about 3-6 months.
Stage 4: Mastery
You feel comfortable participating in the new culture....
...but you have still kept your own cultural values.
Start with small talk (topic ideas: the weather, homework, things to do in Lawrence, etc.
Take the initiative, but go slow!
Find people with similar interest (SUA activities, student groups, etc.)
Participation is expected and could even be part of your grade!
Ask questions!
Expressing your own opinions about the content is OK!
Set realistic, short-term goals
Keep a regular schedule
Stay busy
Make time for things you enjoy, don't just study all day every day!
Be patient with yourself!
Make healthy choices in the cafeteria (even Americans don't eat pizza every day!
Cook for yourself
Take cooking classes
Find specialty grocery stores (Asian market, Halal grocery)
Eat balanced meals regularly
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