It is September now, and our new autumn term will be starting on Monday 28. I am sure you have different feelings. Some may feel excited, worried, and confused. Most international students might encounter a culture shock which means ‘the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2015). Some international students who visit the UK for the very first time might feel uncomfortable with aspects of the lifestyle here such as food (cold food), the weather, the accommodation, a study programme, lecturers, and new friends. Well, all you need to do is relax and do not push yourself too hard.
Adapting to a new culture and environment takes time, and varies according to your background. One person might take a month, while another person might need three months for this. For food, if cold food is not your favourite, you can bring a packed lunch. For the weather, please keep yourself warm, so you won’t get cold. For a new culture and environment, just go out and have fun. Do not stay alone in your room. If you feel disoriented with a new culture, and lock yourself behind door, you might feel more depressed and anxious. Instead, make new friends and speak to people. Go sightseeing and do outdoor activities. Attend a faculty’s welcoming event or orientation. This will make you happier. Kent Uni and Canterbury will be your new home for a year or more, so live here happily, won’t you? All the best for your new chapter here:)