April 4, 2019

Culture Shock

As you adjust to a new culture, you may go through different periods where you feel different ways about your new life in the United States. One of these periods is known as�Culture Shock. There are usually four phases to culture shock according to Global Perspectives:

The Honeymoon Phase

When you first arrive in the United States, you may feel happy and excited. You may have a lot of goals and expectations about your new life. You have probably been waiting to come to America for a long time and have heard a lot of great things to look forward to. You may be nervous, but you are ready!

The Frustration Phase

During this phase, you may start to feel upset, sad, or angry. You might feel scared or really miss your home country.Signs of culture shock include:� Helplessness� Anger� Boredom� Feeling afraid� Sleeping too much� Thinking that everything is dirtyTo help you during this time, you should try to meet other people from your culture and find stores or restaurants that sell your traditional food. Please know that this is a common phase for all people living in new cultures. Eventually, you will move to the next phase. If you do not move on or you still feel sad or angry, you should talk to PassportUSA about getting the help you need. Please remember it is alright to need extra help.

The Adjustment Phase

After some time, you will hopefully move past the culture shock and you will begin to adjust to life in the United States. You start to understand the reality of life in America.�You are probably starting to have a routine. Life begins to feel normal.

The Integration Phase

This is the final phase of cultural adjustment. During this time, the United States will begin to feel like home. You can now mix parts of American culture with parts of your culture. There may be things you really like about the United States, and things you really treasure from your home country. You can easily navigate your daily life and you probably have some American friends as well as friends who are also immigrants.Feel free to reach out to your current designated PassportUSA representative if you have any questions or concerns.Be sure to check out more great articles in the Employee Education Center to help you succeed in your new life in the USA!

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