Category Archives: Cultural Adjustment & Culture Shock

Departing Australia (Jaime Kamps-Duac)

Departing Australia was tearfully harder than I could have imagined. The friendships that I’ve made throughout my time in this wonderfully country have made leaving the beautiful place so difficult. As I awaited my boarding call, I glanced around for … Continue reading

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Culturally Exposed (Cassie Brayton)

Before I left SNC (oh so many moons ago, now) we were told about culture shock, and the signs and/or symptoms associated with it. The list is scary: feelings of sadness/loneliness, insomnia or sleeping too much, smallest problems seem overwhelming, … Continue reading

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Cultural Adjustment (Amanda Leick)

When arriving in Dublin I was told I might experience culture shock. During the study abroad orientation we were warned of the signs and symptoms of culture shock and how to deal with it. I feel like I experienced this … Continue reading

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Particularities (Leigh Smalley)

Teachers cancel class and then you have to make it up before the end of the semester… If a teacher cancels a class here, they are required to make it up at some point before the end of the semester. … Continue reading

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Getting to Galway (Diane Cantillano)

When my mom dropped me off at the airport, I was expecting it to be a tearful goodbye, because I have never lived away from home and my mom, my brother and I are close. Surprisingly though, we all knew … Continue reading

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My Life in London (Olivia Sievert)

My life in London (and all over Europe!) began September 1st, after a night of lost sleep (time change!) and very hard goodbyes. Traveling with a group of St. Norbert students, we made our way to the arrivals hall of … Continue reading

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Dublin (Liam McDonnell)

I was very skeptical coming into my study abroad experience.  All the talk about cultural shock and how cases of minor depression can occasionally take place had me a little nervous.  However, upon my arrival I immediately felt at home … Continue reading

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Traveling 101 (Keri Hodnik)

Since I have come to London, I have made it a goal to see as much as I possibly can while in Europe. Everything here is so interconnected that travel is quite easy and inexpensive if done the right way. … Continue reading

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Living in London (Brianna Simkowski)

De Pere, Wisconsin or London, England for a semester?  St. Norbert really is like home, but for 4 months I get to experience living in South Kensington, London which is just a walk away from places like Buckingham Palace and … Continue reading

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Dublin (Matt Cahill)

It has been one week here and I am still getting used to everything. The sleeping schedule was probably the easiest thing to adapt to. Anything from food to the way people drive is different. Me Liam and Matt have … Continue reading

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