As an international student coming into the US to learn, and eventually work, it was obvious that the US was different from my home country of Saudi Arabia.
I struggled with stereotypes.
I struggled with everyday conversations due to not understanding high and low context communication styles.
I encountered issues with professors due to my polychronic time view.
I didn’t learn as efficiently as I could have because I was used to a high power distance between students and teachers.
I felt alone because I was used to a collective society in KSA, instead of the individualistic US society I was living in.
It wasn’t until I learned about the fundamental differences between countries that I could trace my experiences from solitary incidents to a root cause.
Ah-ha! I was finally able to really understand what was going on beneath the surface.
Living in a new country is a beautiful, difficult, and rewarding experience (read about is propecia safe
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This presentation outlines some of the most important differences in Saudi and US culture, but the principles can be applied to any country on the map.
I bet you’ll have your own ah-ha! moment.
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Tell me about your experiences and cultural ah-ha moment in the comments below!