School-Life Coaching and Adjustment
Students often seek JHSAP assistance with concerns about academic performance and productivity. In response, we’ve developed expertise in the areas of study skills, time management, and healthy lifestyles. Other areas of focus include preparing for oral examinations, thesis and dissertation progress, and preparing for a thesis or dissertation defense. We do not, however, arrange for academic tutoring services.
We are committed to assisting you in managing the challenges you face during your academic career. Getting help is free, easy, convenient, and confidential. Our goal is to get to know you, understand your concerns, and discuss how to move forward in a healthy way.
All records are maintained and managed by JHSAP; clinical records are NOT part of your academic file. All clinical documentation is maintained separately from EPR and EPIC medical records.
Adjusting to a new culture
Beginning something new is always a challenge that requires adjustment. Adjusting to a new culture can be as significant as coming to the U.S. from another country to returning to school after being in the workforce to transferring to JHU from another institution. In all of these instances, it will take time to become comfortable with the new situation and find a balance between the original culture and new circumstances. Often students go through a similar developmental cycle regarding cultural adjustment which includes a “honeymoon” phase, rejection, and finally, integration.
How does it impact academics?
Students who are dealing with issues of acculturation may initially find academics more challenging, especially if English is not their first language. Additionally, the stress of being in a new and unfamiliar place can raise anxiety and cause feeling of sadness and despair.
How does it impact relationships?
Being in a new place can cause strain to existing relationships, particularly if a partner has moved too and is feeling isolated from his or her home culture and social network. It takes more effort to connect with friends and family that remained at home, thus leaving the student feeling isolated.
How does it impact the workplace?
Understanding cultural norms and expectations takes time. Occasionally this can cause conflict in the workplace as the person’s cultural values may not align with expectations. Differing cultural values about authority and communication may also be a point of variance and require the adjustment of expectations by both employer and employee.
How is it managed?
Finding a balance between living in the new culture while preserving one’s past cultural identity is important. It can be helpful to find other students who share the home culture and can provide support during the transition. Setting realistic expectations about the length of time it will take to adjust to the new culture is essential. Allow time to adjust.
What resources are considered the most helpful?
JHSAP can help students and their immediate family members adjust to a new culture through individual sessions and/or support groups.
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