What to do in the first two weeks
In addition to attending New International Student Orientation, College orientation and your classes when you get to Canada, make sure you:
- Make adjustments to your course registration if required
- Purchase your text books – ensure you have your Registration Statement with you at the Bookstore
- Pay all outstanding fees
- Open a bank account
- Get your student cards (NIC student card from Student Services and ISEC card from North Island Students’ Union)
- Sign up for a tour of the library
- Meet each one of your instructors
- Sign in on Facebook and check out North Island College Welcomes the World
- Drop by the Office of Global Engagement in Puntledge Hall, room 108 at the Comox Valley campus and say hello to OGE staff
- Watch for the monthly events and activities calendar that will be sent to your NIC email address
Culture shock is how we react when we go to a new place. Most people who travel
or go to live in a new place experience it. Culture shock is normal. Most of us experience
- Honeymoon – everything is great, exciting, fun
- Culture shock part one – missing your family and friends, things
feel like a problem, feeling sad and worried, not sure how to solve a problem, missing
food from home, tired, confused
- Adjustment – feeling ok, know how to get to school, begin to meet
some friends, talk to family, begin to feel comfortable
- Culture shock part two – more feelings of missing home, but now
feel disconnected from family and your new home, hard to go out and to meet friends,
- Acceptance and fitting in – feeling ok, accept living in a new place, have
regular activities, know where to find things, in contact with family and friends,
have new friends here
Tips on overcoming culture shock
Culture shock is a normal part of travel and living in a new place. You can help
yourself feel better when you are experiencing feelings of culture shock by doing
some or all of these things:
- Build a support system - talk to people about how you are feeling.
A good place to start is by making an appointment with an NIC Counsellor or speaking with someone in the Office of Global Engagement.
- Meet fellow students. One way to do this is by taking part in college activities.
- Connect with family and friends at home via email, Skype, or other social media applications.
- Have lots to do
- Remember your goals
- Talk to a counsellor
- Get help or ask about things you find different or difficult
- Buy foods that remind you of home.
North Island College has joined the Safe Harbour program. You will see this logo in a number of locations around the campus as a message to all students that this a place that welcome and appreciates diversity. Any place you see a Safe Harbour sticker is also a place you can ask for help or assistance if you are struggling or feeling unwelcome.