Effect of Being an International Student

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Elizabeth Tchouyomgo
English 1301
Mr. McCreary
October 22, 2012
Effect of Being an International Student There are a number of reasons why people decide to move to another country. One reason is to experience more advanced educational facilities than available in their home country. Studying at some of these colleges, and universities may provide a greater level of academic proficiency. Although, there are many things accomplished, there are also many difficulties we encounter as an international student. It is challenging meeting new cultures, and being in a new environment. As an international student, the most recognizable effect is the feeling of loneliness, and being homesick during the first few months of arrival. This is because of the vast difference of the environment, and the absence of family and friends. The absence of comfort from friends and family are literally oceans, and thousands of miles away. This could easily cause one to spiral into sadness and depression very early into the transitioning process. It is also difficult adapting to different cultures and other way of living. Next, some of the international students have language barriers. This is especially true for the Asian, and African Americans, with English as their second language. Some students have the task of learning English, first, before ever starting the process of studying in their field of choice. Their lack of knowledge in English language affects them, when it comes to understanding lectures, reading, and communicating in class. This is because they are ashamed of their assent. This caused them to spend more time academically to complete college degree, because of the need for language classes in the beginning. In addition, it is challenging financially, needing money to survive, and not being able to have a...
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