Your decision to pursue your studies in the U.S. is a major one that presumably involved serious thinking and preparation for consequences that you may encounter following your decision. Adjusting and settling into any new environment–be it a new home, a new job, or a new country–is a process that takes times and energy and affects both the mind and body. The variations in climate, geography, religion, food, social mores, politics, and general way of life may make a newcomer feel somewhat “lost”, confused, or even just physically ill during the first few weeks in the new environment.
Some tips on cross-cultural adjustment are provided in this section. ISSS advisors will be willing to sit down with you and discuss any feelings of discomfort or concerns with the new environment that you may have. Should the ISSS advisor feel you are undergoing some serious adjustment problems, you may be referred to an office that can better assist you.