Reverse Culture Shock

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can never go home again.”? Of course, you may travel to your home country after having been away, but your “home” will not be the same place you left. Just as you have changed from your experiences abroad, your home has changed as well. To prepare yourself for your return to you home, it is helpful to think about culture shock.

Culture shock is a phrase to describe a sense of confusion, anxiety, and uncertainty people sometimes feel when they move from one culture to another. Certainly, we expect it when we go somewhere completely new. We may not expect it when we return to the place we grew up after being away for some time. According to author Lisa Espineli Chinn, there are four phases we experience in culture shock. o our surprise, when we return home, we experience the phases again. We call this reverse culture shock.

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Getting a Driver’s License

You made it all the way to the United States. You made it to a new state, new city, new university campus. You probably used multiple modes of transportation to get there: airplane, train, bus, and uber.

Now that you’re here, it may be easy for you to get around using public transportation, like buses or trains. Or maybe your campus has everything you could possibly need, so you don’t travel off campus. But many U.S. cities lack proper public transportation so not having a car limits what you are able to do. Which leads to the question: How do I get a driver’s license in the U.S.?

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A Starter’s Guide to Making the Most of Your Time

Time. It is a valuable resource that we often feel we are running out of. “If only I had more time!” How often do you find yourself saying or thinking that? While you want to get a good education in the U.S., you also want to have an experience that goes beyond your classroom or lab. You want to explore all that your University, city, and other states have to offer. You want to make great friends. Perhaps you would like to take part in more of what Bridges has to offer…if only you had the time, right?

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Credit Cards: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What exactly is a credit card it? Contrary to popular belief, credit cards are not free money. You can’t just swipe it to buy that new couch for your apartment and then walk away none the poorer. Instead, think of credit cards as being a short term loan. So if you want to buy that couch for your apartment, but it costs more than you can pay right now, the credit card company will loan you the money when you swipe the card. Then, at the end of the month, you have to pay them back in the form of a credit card bill. In light of this, these are something you should know before you get your first credit card.

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Interview with Xiang from China

This week on the Bridges Blog we wanted to get to know you, our reader, a little bit more. So we’ve started by interviewing students involved with Bridges around the U.S. Here is our second interview post.

Introduce yourself. What is your first name, what is your major, what is your school, where are you from?
My name is Xiang, and I will be graduating at the end of this year from The University of Michigan with a degree in Economics. I took a gap year after studying accounting in Hong Kong. I come from a city in the North of China.

What was your first impression of the USA?
The country is so diverse, there are people who come from many different walks of life. I was at first a part of a Global Scholars Program, and there were people from different countries and races involved. Everyone’s voice was heard and respected. I saw the U.S. was a place where you could just be you.

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The American Healthcare System

Traveling through the tangled forest of the American healthcare system can be very tricky, even for Americans. So for international students, it can be well, a foreign experience. But let’s face it: life happens and sometimes you just need medical help. Here are a few tips to guide you through the American Healthcare system. With any luck, you’ll come through the forest on the other side unscathed.

Do your research
Know what kind of health services are offered by your university.

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