Boarding School to College Life: Culture Shock

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Ever wonder why other people seem odd? Perhaps they may think you are in fact the odd one. If others find you abnormal, most of the time its not your fault. The way one acts and appears can be directly blamed on one’s culture. What is culture, one may ask? Culture, by definition, is the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations. With that said, one can infer that your actions are indeed affected by your culture. I can prove this based on personal experiences.

At 16, I was forced into the life of boarding school. As if that was not bad enough, the boarding institution I attended was all male. I have experienced many differences so far in my collegiate career in comparison to my boarding school. For one thing, girls are a huge distraction. Most people would not think much of that due to cultural differences. Also, since I had to wear a uniform to class everyday for four years, I had a hard time adjusting to the casual attire most college students wear.

Another thing that is prevalent in college is drugs. As I am 18, this is all theoretical; if I was to walk into East Houses on a Friday or Saturday night, I am sure I would be exposed to more alcohol than I have ever seen in my entire life. Once again, for most kids, this may not be a big deal. I must say college has been a totally different experience for me.

At boarding school I also had to eat french fries with a fork. Of course, my first time eating french fries on the Juniata Campus, I used a fork. Worst mistake of my life. My friends still wont let me down for eating fries “like a freak.” Also, I make my bed military style everyday. I can not help it, its a natural reaction based on my culture.

When most people think of culture they think of those long events we are all forced to attend and eventually fall asleep during. While you fall asleep to the monotonous voice of the...
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