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You can use these computers to search for the web sites that are referenced throughout this document. To log in, use your student number and birthdate (YY/MM/DD). In addition to the computers in the labs and library, each area of study at the college makes computers available for student use, but usage is limited to students in courses that require computer support. To find out more about the available software and hours of access to computers, please talk with your course instructor. Tips for Living in Vancouver A wide array of information has been compiled in this section of the booklet. You will find it useful to use the handbook as part of a reference when you are getting acquainted with Vancouver and Langara College. PURPOSE OF YOUR VISIT It is exciting, frightening, and confusing to arrive in a new country. This is normal. With so many new experiences it is sometimes difficult to find time to focus on your studies. You will have a variety of experiences, some will support, and others will detract you from your studies. K Try to remember that your primary reason for coming to Vancouver is to study.
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-5- CULTURE SHOCK ll new students’ first days are ones of adjustment. For you and other international students, this is even more the case. You will be experiencing many different changes when entering a new country, a new city, a new college. One of these changes is what people call “culture shock.” Culture shock can be described as the distress (both physical and emotional) you may experience when coming to live in another country or a place different from your home country. It generally sets in after the first few weeks of coming to a new place. An important point to keep in mind about culture shock is that you are not alone; all international students, and even some Canadian students who are new to Langara College, or Vancouver, may experience culture shock at one time or another. Some of the symptoms of culture shock are: þ irritability þ extreme homesickness þ overeating or loss of appetite þ headaches þ depression þ loss of ability to work or study effectively þ unexplainable crying þ a need for excessive sleep You need not have every symptom listed to be experiencing culture shock. These, and other symptoms, may also appear at any given time. However, if you have some of the physical symptoms, such as headache or a need for excessive sleep, you should consult a physician to ensure that it is not something other than culture shock (you can call Health Services, 604-323-5256). Although culture shock may not be avoided, there are many ways to ease the stress and/or symptoms. In addition, even though culture shock may cause some real pain or anxiety, it is also a great opportunity for learning new perspectives and for developing a better understanding of yourself. Some tips to help: þ Keep active/exercise þ Make new friends þ Inform yourself about cultural adjustment and shock þ Learn about and participate in community and college activities þ Work on your English communication skills þ Keep a journal. Write down your feelings and review your writing from time to time. Write down your questions and reflect back if you have found answers to them. If not, ask someone. It will help you to assess
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