Arriving in a new country can shake you up. You can feel disoriented as you leave a familiar place and arrive somewhere quite different. The reaction may be both physical and psychological. This is called culture shock and is very common. It takes time to adapt to a new culture.
Although Denmark is a well-organised country and people here will be eager to make you feel comfortable, you will need some time to settle in. Like many of your fellow students then at one point in time you may ask yourself why you left home.
When this happens it is important for you to remember that you are going through a learning process. If you accept this brief period while you adapt to a new country and lifestyle as a learning experience you will ultimately return home with greater self-confidence and the ability to succeed in a multicultural environment.
So keep active, explore your social opportunities and try to learn Danish. If you keep an open mind, you will soon be drawn into the many activities on offer. Remember: you are not alone in experiencing these feelings. Talking about your feelings and worries is the best way of dealing with them.
Here are some tips on easing yourself into a new culture:
- Accept that you cannot know everything about your new country and language
- Keep an open mind
- Try to do things that you did at home
- Stay in touch with family and friends at home
- Talk to other students about how you feel
- Stay active
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