By Mina F.
Grade 9, Virginia
Country of Origin: Afghanistan

Culture shock is the strange feelings that someone has when he or she comes to a foreign country or a new place for the first time. There are four different stages of culture shock. The first stage is the honeymoon stage it is the time when everything is exciting and new. Adjustment stage is the next stage and it is when you begin to function in new culture. The third stage is the crisis stage it is when you fell angry, lonely and depressed. The last stage is acceptance, and it is when you finally accept and enjoy the new culture.
I was in the crisis stage for two months after I came to the United State. Everything was new to me, such as culture, religion, food, and the people. However, those things were nothing; compared to the thing I could not stand the most, which was the school. After a week of arriving, I went to middle school. At that time I couldn’t speak English. The big problem for me was English. I couldn’t understand what the teachers were teaching. The school was enormous and I couldn’t find my classes and I couldn’t ask anybody for help. The students were disrespectful. They were mocking teachers, they were putting make up in the class. No one was studying. The teachers couldn’t tell them anything. I hated the students of the United States, because of their manners.
The teachers were trying as hard as they could to teach well, but nobody was listening to them. The pupils were screaming, fighting and using bad language to each other during the time when teacher was teaching to the class, the students were going out and come in without permission of the teacher. Every single time the security was coming in our class to make them quit. I couldn’t adapt to the school system. I didn’t like the school because all American students seemed crazy to me.
In summarize, later on I was going to the same school with same students and then I learned English so I could solve my problem. I was still not talking with anybody in the middle school because I was shy of my English. Afterward I understood the attitude of the students. Then I went to high school, I started talking with everyone. Later on, I really like high school because my English was getting better and better than middle school and I have lots of friends in high school.

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