Coming to a new country to go to school can be a very exciting and life changing experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about another part of the world and to learn about American culture, as well as to learn about the cultures of other international students. You will be faced with differences in manners, beliefs, customs, laws, language, art, religion, values, concepts of self, family organization, social organization, government, and behavior. Students may find much about this new culture that can be confusing or difficult to understand, and students sometimes experience disorientation, depression and loneliness. Having an understanding about the place that you will be going, being aware of the potential for these feelings when faced with a new culture, and knowing when to ask for support will be an essential part of your adjustment to life at St. Mark’s School.
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