M1394 - DALGLISH TEXT.qxd 15/7/08 15:23 Page 20 Gary Graham:GRAHAM'S IMAC JOBS: GRAYUMS G4 3. Culture shock and cultural adjustment David Killick* If there’s nothing wrong with me . . . maybe there’s something wrong with the universe! Dr Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Sheldon 1990) All individuals crossing cultures face some common challenges as they pioneer lives of uprootedness and gradually establish working relationships with the new milieus. (Kim 2001: 5) International students can become demoralised by early study experiences and even resentful of staﬀ. They can lose conﬁdence . . . [Some] may be mystiﬁed by new concepts and expectations such as independent study, ‘critical thinking’ and plagiarism. Most will become distressed if their attempts to master these new skills are unsuccessful. (Ryan 2000: 14) When an international student travels to a new country, the journey he or she embarks upon is not simply a physical one. Tied to it are complex aspirations coming from the student and from his or her parents, extended family, teachers, sponsors and peers, along with expectations with regard to the new host culture (often outdated, stereotypical and inﬂated), and deep psychological links between one’s own norms, values and established behaviours. As the familiar physical landscapes are replaced by those of the host culture, so are the familiar procedural schema (see Chapter 4) which guide us through every aspect of our daily routines from social contact to using public transport, from greeting our academic ‘mentors’ to opening a bank account. Of course, we...
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