Turning Fear Into Excitement
Story By: Angela Lee, Emily Bae Editor: Joshua Hahn Web Designer: Andy Yoon
The ultimate fear that everyone has when moving to another country regards the question of adapting. Moving to another country is indeed difficult. Not only do you have to leave everything behind, but you have to get used to a whole new culture. Sometimes you even have communication problems and cultural conflicts during the process of adaptation. For 8th graders, moving to another country to attend university might seem like a faraway tale. However, many students are leaving SIS this year to attend boarding school, so we decided to get tips for those who fear adapting, through an interview with our SIS teachers, who coped well with adjusting, in Korea. Turns out, adjusting is not an event we should fear, but an experience we should look forward to.
As foreigners who stayed in Korea for quite a long time, SIS teachers say that their experience was amazing so far, and it has gotten better and better every year. The time it took for them to adapt to Korea was relatively short. Mr. Tong describes his experience in Korea up until now to be pleasant, and he barely took a year to adapt especially with the help of his fellow teachers at SIS. Except for communication, the one factor that acts as a barrier when foreigners try to adapt to a new country, Mr. Tong experienced little difficulty in adapting. For the teachers, these adaptation barriers gradually disappeared as they assimilated more and more with the traditional culture of Korea, causing their fear to quickly eradicate as well.
Surprisingly all of the teachers achieved assimilation using the same method. They were all open to anything; open to new experiences and were unconservative. This is a lesson we must also keep in mind when moving to an overseas country for college in the future. Thanks to the teachers’ generous responses and advices on tips to assimilate, we can help students leaving this year to reduce their fears.
And so it is crucial to remind yourself that whether going to an overseas college or living in a different country, assimilation comes at us like a window. If you open your eyes wide enough to capture all the differences in culture and tradition, you can open the window and mingle with the rest of the people freely.