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  1.  Culture shock is not quite as shocking or as sudden as most people expect. It is part of the process of learning a new culture that is called, "cultural adaptation." You may experience some discomfort before you are able to function well in a new setting. This discomfort is a natural stage in the adaptation process.
  2. Gradually, as you become more involved in activities and get to know the people around you, differences, as well as similarities, will become increasingly apparent. There are many differences that may at first seem "foreign" or strange. However, exposure to those differences is what makes the study abroad experience worthwhile.  Living in a foreign country necessarily means that you will be exposed to lifestyles, cultural aspects, and people who you have not been in contact with before. Of course, adjusting to a new environment is difficult as well as exciting. This difficulty may lead to something called, "culture shock." However, if you remain positive and keep an open mind, you will overcome culture shock and develop a new appreciation for such differences 
  3. Welcome aboard!!! Now what?  Adjusting to a new job can be a daunting challenge, whether you took the new job by choice or out of necessity. Pretty soon, you'll know the new people, the new work, and the new place. Meanwhile, you can take some steps to make the transition smoother. 4
  4.  Visualize a great day. Try to think of all you believe is good and positive in you. Tell yourself that you'll be a happy person around in the workplace and a pleasure for everyone at work to have you with them. 5
  5.  Arrive on time or a little early the first day. Ask in advance when, where, and whom you will meet. Confirm that somebody will be there to meet you when you arrive.  Obtain and bring the phone number of somebody who can let you in. Get any special instructions, too. 6
  6.  Take care of the administrative stuff. Visit Human Resources, security, your manager, and anybody else you need to see to get started. Ask questions if you need to. 7
  7. Get to know your colleagues. This could be the single most valuable way to ease the transition into a new job. Learn names as much as possible. Introduce yourself and ask a few simple questions to start the conversation. Find out what people's roles are and how long they have been around, for a start.  Ask who to ask. If you're stuck on something, go to somebody you already met and ask where you should take a question.  Make friends. As you start to develop a professional rapport with some people, invite them to have coffee or lunch with you someday. Getting outside the workplace can do wonders for camaraderie.  8
  8.  Learn your work area and, as appropriate, set it up. A bit of personal touch 9
  9.  Get your computer, accounts, and passwords set up. The IT or IS department will usually help. Listen to their instructions and advice. Do not forget to ask for assistance installing a printer, if you need to. 10
  10.  Learn your new job. Depending on your job and your previous experience, it could take anywhere from weeks to years to master. 11
  11.  Learn the building or other space where you will be working. Where is the printer? The restroom? The emergency exit? The cafeteria? If there's a map, take a good look at it. 12
  12.  Talk to your boss. Even if it's not your favorite activity, communicating regularly with your boss is a good way to know if you're on the right track. Do not forget that you can ask questions, give a status report (verbally or in writing), and ask for feedback and recommendations. 13
  13.  Jump in and start doing your work. Either you will figure out what you are doing or you will learn where you are stuck and what you need to ask. Instructions and advice may get you started, but doing is the best way to learn. Learn by doing 14
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  15.  Just as culture shock derives from the accumulation of cultural clashes, so an accumulation of small successes can lead to more effective interactions within the new culture. As you increase your abilities to manage and understand the new social system, practices that recently seemed so strange will become less puzzling. Eventually you will sufficiently adapt to the host culture and become comfortable with both your academic and social life. You will be able to relax and fully enjoy the study abroad experience. You will also improve your sense of humour!

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  1. Just as you will bring clothes and other personal items abroad, you will also be carrying invisible cultural baggage with you. That baggage is not as obvious as the items in your suitcases, but it will play a major role in the adaptation to your new environment. Cultural baggage contains the values that are important to you and the patterns of behavior that are customary in your culture. The more you know about your personal values and how they are derived from your culture, the better prepared you will be to see and understand the cultural differences you will encounter abroad.Remember that... *It is normal to have some ups and downs during the period of transition to a new culture. *Culture shock does not happen all at once. It builds up gradually.*Everyone experiences culture shock. Looking back on the experience, many say it was a source of insight and personal growth.