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    Moving to the island!!!!!!!!!

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    Do you recommend maybe coming to the island like a month before classes just to get acclimated? If accepted i would like to move down like a month before just so i could chill and move around a bit and get use to island life. I mean like getting an apartment and everything. Sort of living like an native for a month.
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    lol... if you have ever traveled or have patience, it should take you 5 days to get used to the island.

    If you've lived in the US most of your life and never visited other countries, you will take longer but coming here earlier is not going to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilzmega View Post
    Do you recommend maybe coming to the island like a month before classes just to get acclimated? If accepted i would like to move down like a month before just so i could chill and move around a bit and get use to island life. I mean like getting an apartment and everything. Sort of living like an native for a month.
    No, definitely not. I was excited to get started and get to the island too, but trust me, you'll have more than enough time here.
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    Culture shock comes in several stages:

    1) Jet Lag/Wonder - everything is new and exciting
    2) Settling in/Frustration - you start to get annoyed by cultural differences, comparing everything to your own
    3) Depression - You get really frustrated and depressed because the differences are too much to handle sometimes
    4) Acceptance - eventually you overcome the depression and accept the new culture, and you eventually enjoy it.

    The 4 Stages of Culture Shock (And How To Beat Them)


    Everyone goes through these stages, though some spend less/more time in each stage than others (usually depends on how much you have traveled in the past).

    If you arrive too early to the island, you run the risk of setting into stage 2 or 3 right when school starts....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaol_121 View Post
    Culture shock comes in several stages:

    1) Jet Lag/Wonder - everything is new and exciting
    2) Settling in/Frustration - you start to get annoyed by cultural differences, comparing everything to your own
    3) Depression - You get really frustrated and depressed because the differences are too much to handle sometimes
    4) Acceptance - eventually you overcome the depression and accept the new culture, and you eventually enjoy it.

    The 4 Stages of Culture Shock (And How To Beat Them)
    Why isn't this in the Beh. Sci. curriculum ?

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    Arrrgghhhh....I wish I knew about this before, I never went through these stages
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaol_121 View Post
    1) Jet Lag/Wonder - everything is new and exciting
    2) Settling in/Frustration - you start to get annoyed by cultural differences, comparing everything to your own
    3) Depression - You get really frustrated and depressed because the differences are too much to handle sometimes
    4) Acceptance - eventually you overcome the depression and accept the new culture.
    Fixed that for you.

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    I still, after 2 years, haven't gotten used to cold low-pressure showers courtesy of Gebe (I'm typing this while I am dripping wet). What stage does that put me in?

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    I'm somewhere between 3 and 4, I think.
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    I agree about the stages of culture shock. I've been through it more times that I care to remember. I'd also add a useful rule that my family always used when moving across cultures: "Don't criticise or complain until you've been there for a year."

    As for coming down early, I got here the day before orientation, and did just fine. They're pretty easy on you in your first few weeks, so you do have time to find the grocery stores, get a car, find the beaches, etc.
    Suffering is optional.

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