Working methods are different in each school and country at large. Between Epitech and Cal State San Marcos in California there is a huge difference between the working methods and program. The biggest difference is that in the current school we have teachers while Epitech School doesn’t have teachers and we worked as if we were in a company. In Cal State San Marcos we have teachers and it is really good, especially for English because to learn a new language you need to interact and speak with real people. Also, the ways to evaluate and grade students are different in the United States. In my former school, mentors used to evaluate our project. This is a completely different in my current school where teachers evaluate often all types of work completed. If you want to succeed and have good grades you need to feel comfortable with working methods. I was very attentive to every teacher’s council, so as to adapt to these different working methods. I was also attentive to course syllabus and teacher’s assignment to overcome this challenge. Adapting to different working methods was a challenge but make friends in another country was another challenge to get over.
Making friends in another country is not as simple as you may think especially a situation where there are language and cultural barrier. In my native country I have old friends. Here, I need to build a new friendship. Here people have different beliefs, habits, and the entire life has distinct characteristics. Also, my age mates in the different countries lack similarities of hobbies due to the diverse interests in the countries. For example, in the United States, most popular sports are Baseball and American football, while in France soccer is the most popular sport. Having the differences, it has been so hard for me to make new friends and build strong relationships. What action have I made to overcome the challenge ? Tim Ferris has traveled all over the world and make friends everywhere, in his book The four hours work week he says, “Sports just happen to be excellent ground for learning foreign-language, avoiding stage fright and developing lasting friendships while still sounding like Tarzan”. I go to the gym and have been able to make a significant number of friends from here. I have also tried to speak to other people in the English language as much as possible. In addition, my English has been improving and communication has been simplified. Making friends in another country was an outstanding experience and challenge too.
Going to the United States from France is accompanied by sudden cultural changes. The biggest challenges, for me as an international student in the United States of America, were the language barrier, the different working methods and making friends in another country. Despite all this, it has been an amazing experience to face these challenges and be able to overcome them. Charles Lipson is an American professor who helped a lot of international students think: “The experience is as challenging as it is exciting”. In fact, in 3 months I learned more in English than in 9 years. It is a really good experience. The good thing is that I was able to overcome them. Being on another lever where I can communicate in English is really exciting and is advantageous in my learning career. It has made me be able to rebuild my social life and make a new friend. Indeed have learnt a lot in the United States. Something’s I would have never gotten a chance to learn.
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