Getting To Know Our International Students – UNC Pembroke

Getting To Know Our International Students – UNC Pembroke

August 31, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I
think I really realized that our culture is
almost like everybody is so shy. You don’t really talk to each
other as much as you do here. It’s much easier to talk to a random person
in the US than at home in Sweden. Like if you’re sitting on a bus
you don’t talk to each other, you’re just sitting there in Sweden. In Northern Ireland a lot of people would
try to be the same. A lot of people have the same interests and
styles, everyone follows the same trends and fashion whereas in the
United States I find that everyone here is a completely different person and a completely
different individual with different interests. I didn’t realize that in the UK it’s generally
just British people. In America I think it’s a lot more diversity. The dialogue is more open here. People are
more sincere in the way they talk to you. That’s a big difference
from back home. Mainly the weather, it’s so much sunnier
here and warmer here. It’s stereotypical, it rains in England
all the time. The people from China and the people from
Brazil and the people from Sweden, we speak different languages and all
of us have the language barrier of English so it’s very hard to
communicate with language but we are brothers. We communicate with our
hearts. My most significant challenge so far is being
away from home for such a long time and not having a car.
That’s really difficult because for a commute you need a car to go
to anywhere around here or you need a friend who has a car and luckily
I have a lot of friends who have cars around here. The United States drives on the wrong side
of the road and the wrong side of the car so even if I did drive, I wouldn’t
feel comfortable, like it’s crazy you guys drive on the other side. It is so different between the movies and
the real life. You have to experience the real life, not learning from
a drama or not learning from a movie. Everything here is a lot, the quantity and
the food. If you order a small hamburger, that’s a big hamburger for me,
that’s not a small. The media portrays the stereotype of people
here in the US which of course is incorrect. I thought about Americans as
being more patriotic and kind of loud and fills up the room. But people
here are not that much different from back home, they’re more open
and genuinely nice. We tend to be kind of closed and keep a distance. I think I’m starting to see myself a bit
different now because I feel more confident speaking to random people that
I didn’t know before and I actually think I’ve developed my English
speaking a bit so it’s good. I feel like a more independent person which
is part of the reason why I did study abroad, not only because I was interested
in America but I wanted to just go somewhere and I feel that now if you
were to put me on a plane and tell me to start a new life in another
country that I could probably do it. Staying here made me really interested in
making a relationship with different people. I think it is really cool
and this is a really valuable thing in your life I think. That’s
the thing that changed my perspective. I opened my mind to the people
who have different cultures and who have different perspectives. If you guys are thinking about going to UNCP
I just want to give you one sentence. Just do it. You won’t regret
it. Take the chance, absolutely. Study abroad
is something that you’ll do and experience and benefit from for the rest
of your life. This is a very good place to come to. Good
people, good facilities, good education. Do it.