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Title: JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY 2009 FLTA SUMMER ORIENTATION


1
JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY 2009 FLTA SUMMER
ORIENTATION
  • ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE AND ACADEMIC CULTURE IN THE
  • U. S.
  • SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR BEING AWAY FROM HOME
  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2009
  • PRESENTERS
  • KATHY SIMS AND INESSA KOROVYAKOVSKAYA

2
ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE AND ACADEMIC CULTURE IN THE
U.S.
  • ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE IN THE U.S.
  • HOUSING
  • MONEY AND BANKING
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • TRAVEL
  • NUTRITION AND DIET
  • ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
  • MANAGING DIFFICULT STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

3
ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE IN THE U.S.
  • HOUSING
  • On-Campus
  • Dormitories
  • Apartments
  • Houses
  • Off-Campus
  • Apartments
  • Houses

4
ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE IN THE U.S.
  • MONEY AND BANKING
  • Opening a Savings or a Checking Account Check
    with your local banks Advisor
  • ATMs Available 24/7 at most banks, in shopping
    centers, airports, and grocery stores. Will
    charge 1-3 fees for cash withdrawal using your
    CC, but you can avoid it if you bank account is
    affiliated with a major network Plus, Cirrus,
    Exchange, and Accel.
  • Applying for Credit Cards You may receive a
    Student CC. Alternatively, you may use a CC from
    your country. Visa MasterCard are the most
    accepted.
  • Using Debit Cards
  • Applying for Shoppers Cards or Preferred
    Customer Cards
  • Kroger, Wal-Mart, Hancock Fabrics , etc
  • If your CC or debit card is stolen, call CC
    company/bank immediately

5
ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • Public
  • City buses and underground trains
  • Private
  • Cars, Bikes, and Bicycles
  • TRAVEL
  • Airplanes, Trains, Buses, Cars
  • Domestic and International Airports, Greyhound,
    AmTrack
  • www.StudentUniverse.com cheaper flights
  • for students

6
ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE IN THE U.S.
  • NUTRITION AND DIET
  • Cooking on your own
  • Having a cafeteria meal plan
  • Eating out
  • ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
  • Sources of information International
  • Advisor, Convention Centers as well as
  • American and international students

7
ADJUSTMENT TO LIFE IN THE U.S.
  • MANAGING DIFFICULT STRESSFUL SITUATIONS
  • Identify the Sources of Stress Temporary
    integral part of your work and home life a part
    of your personality you blame on other people
    and events.
  • Current Coping Strategies
  • Change the Situation
  • Avoid the stressor
  • Alter the stressor    
  • Change Your Reaction
  • Accept the stressor

8
MANAGING DIFFICULT STRESSFUL SITUATIONS
  • Stress Management Strategies
  • Avoid unnecessary stress
  • Alter your attitude
  • Accept the things you cant change
  • Make time for relaxation

9
ADJUSTMENTS TO ACADEMIC CULTURE IN THE U.S.
  • TEACHING REQUIREMENTS
  • CLASSROOM SIZE AND LOCATION
  • U.S. COURSE GRADE SYSTEMS
  • MATERIALS USED IN THE CLASSROOM
  • CLASS ATTENDENCE.

10
SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR AWAY FROM HOME
  • DEALING WITH CULTURE SHOCK
  • The effects of
  • culture shock can be
  • like an iceberg with
  • only the tip exposed
  • and the rest hidden
  • beneath the surface.

11
Food Clothing Communication
Styles Values Assumptions Attitudes Perceptions
12
CULTURE SHOCK (cont.)
  • SYMPTOMS OF CULTURE SHOCK

13
CULTURE SHOCK (cont.)
  • STAGES OF CULTURE SHOCK

14
Tips of Cross-Cultural Adaptation
  • 1. Learn the English Language by Using It
  • even if not perfect at first--others will
    appreciate it
  • rephrase, repeat, recheck when there seems to be
    a misunderstanding
  • 2. Be Aware
  • listen and observe closely
  • don't assume that you know everything that is
    going on
  • pay special attention to non-verbal clues

15
Tips of Cross-Cultural Adaptation
  • 3. Suspend Judgment/Avoid Stereotyping
  • don't try to label what you see as good or bad
    (at least at first as this can discourage you
    from participating)
  • observe and describe, but accept others before
    judging
  • 4. Try To Empathize
  • this means to put yourself in the other person's
    place and see things from their perspective
  • especially important when there are cultural
    differences

16
Tips of Cross-Cultural Adaptation
  • 5. Recognize That Anxiety Is Natural
  • communication and adjustment in a new country is
    not easy there is a stress factor present
  • don't worry if you feel that way--it's OK
  • don't let that feeling stop you---interact
    anyway!
  • 6. Be Honest
  • if you don't understand or are confused, please
    ask!
  • 7. Become Involved
  • look for new things to discover and new friends
    to meet
  • share your culture with people you meet

17
SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR AWAY FROM HOME
  • EXPLORE THE NEW ENVIRONMENT
  • TAKE ADVICE FROM YOUR CAMPUS FLTA COORDINATOR
  • STAY CONNECTED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS BACK HOME
  • KEEP IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN A SAFE LOCATION

18
SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR AWAY FROM HOME
  • DISCUSS LIVING ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOUR ROOMMATE
  • KEEP BUSY, FOR EXAMPLE -TAKE A CLASS/ATTEND
    CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
  • FOLLOW CAMPUS SAFETY INCLEMENT WEATHER
    GUIDELINES.

19
WRAP-UP
  • QUESTIONS/ANSWERS
  • FINAL REMARKS
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