with the problems without the help of the locals (Belhadi & Ayad, 2017). This is where the students canproudly navigate around and do things on their own. In the last stage, the Adjustment stage, the sojournergains self-confidence and can blend with the local’s ways of living. The gap between their originatingcountry and their current environment moderately blurs and the students lose consciousness of thedifferences. This is not always the case as some sojourners could not pass by the Crisis stage in which thefrustration lingers due to some instances such as constantly receiving discrimination, homesickness, andothers that serve as stressors that lead to psychological distress (Ward, Bochner & Furnham, 2001) whichcan be prevented or remedied.According to Rohlrich and Martin 1991, as cited by Yuefang Zhou et al., (2008) building socialrelationships with the local students would benefit the sojourners emotionally, alleviating sadness throughthe support they would get, and reducing levels of stress through the leisure time spent with the locals(Redmond & Bunyi, 1993, as cited by Yuefang Zhou et al., 2008). Homesickness may be remedied orprevented with constant communication with intermediate family, relatives, and friends on the originatingcountry through the means of social networking services.Although culture shock may last longer and be difficult to combat, some measures can be done toprevent or cure it. This subject matter is important to me as I, a fellow student, also considers pursuingstudies outside the country in the future. Even with the hardships, I deeply hope for the student expats to
hold their heads up and face the difficulties headstrong. With the help of the hosting students and co-
You've reached the end of your free preview.
Want to read all 4 pages?
The Culture, International Student, Expatriate, Kalervo Oberg, Sojourners magazine