Americans. One of them was called Cynthia. One day, I finished a shower and came out. She saw me finished and came to talk to me, but I didn’t understand what she was asking! I felt so awkward. I asked her to repeat her questions several times. Finally, I understood that she was asking if the water was hot. I apologized to her and explained that I just came here and I still needed some time to learn the new language. She was so patient and told me it was okay. Moreover, she hugged me and told me she knew it might be hard for me to learn a new language and be far away from home. After that, my English has improved gradually among everyday’s communication. Therefore, I can assure that you will overcome the language barrier if you have the right attitude and willingness to learn this new language. If you are a freshman international student, don’t be stressed of being a foreigner. Asides of the language barrier, cultural conflicts always arise. Different cultures are fundamentally different in terms of beliefs, taboos, social do’s and don’ts, religious aspects and so on. We must read about it in a lot of articles, which almost becomes a cliche in our standard tests, but it becomes more difficult than it sounds when we actually experience it. Some cultural differences often lead to conflict, especially when people from one culture does something that directly goes against another culture. The best way to adjust it is to accept and respect that people who have different cultures. One of my friends believed in Buddhism and she mustn’t eat beef. When we are going to have food together in Chinese restaurants which need to share plates, I never order any food contains beef. I know I need to respect her and also her religion. UC Davis excels at mixing cultures, where the blend of cultures and diversity is considered a strength
rather than a weakness. Being away from home, trying to learn a new language, and at the same time, juggling classwork and assignments can be overwhelming for most international students. These are real problems which can either affect a student’s grade or social life or even both (California Aggie).
- Fall '19
- International Student, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, The California Aggie