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Biggest Culture Shock


International students at Ball State answer the question: “What was the biggest culture shock for you when you came to America?”

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“PDA is weird. People in India don’t do that. The first time I walked into a bar, I saw two people making out and I said, ‘okay, I’m not going to stare.’ That’s awkward.”  – Sagar from India

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“Maybe driving rules. The highway is a little different here. In China, the police aren’t patrolling everywhere.” – Jiacheng from China
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“There was not such a big shock when I came. I think cities are the same. People are friendlier here. They smile and always talk to people they don’t know. Also parties. We don’t have parties like here. It’s more like a meeting or people will hang out together or go some place for dinner, but not like drinking or drugs.” – Qiong from China

2016-03-17_12.57.14-minThe food here is too sweet. Candy, cookies, muffins, cheesecake.” – Weiqiang from China

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“Smoking. In my country, you can smoke in streets, in front of the buildings. But here, you have to stay away like 20 feet from the buildings and the sidewalks in a lot of places. Even for the electronic cigarettes.”  -From Libya

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