This is where the students can proudly navigate around and do things on their

This is where the students can proudly navigate

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with the problems without the help of the locals (Belhadi & Ayad, 2017). This is where the students can proudly navigate around and do things on their own. In the last stage, the Adjustment stage , the sojourner gains self-confidence and can blend with the local’s ways of living. The gap between their originating country and their current environment moderately blurs and the students lose consciousness of the differences. This is not always the case as some sojourners could not pass by the Crisis stage in which the frustration lingers due to some instances such as constantly receiving discrimination, homesickness, and others that serve as stressors that lead to psychological distress (Ward, Bochner & Furnham, 2001) which can be prevented or remedied. According to Rohlrich and Martin 1991, as cited by Yuefang Zhou et al., (2008) building social relationships with the local students would benefit the sojourners emotionally, alleviating sadness through the 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 or prevented with constant communication with intermediate family, relatives, and friends on the originating country through the means of social networking services. Although culture shock may last longer and be difficult to combat, some measures can be done to prevent or cure it. This subject matter is important to me as I, a fellow student, also considers pursuing studies outside the country in the future. Even with the hardships, I deeply hope for the student expats to
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hold their heads up and face the difficulties headstrong. With the help of the hosting students and co-
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