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October 25, 2012

Local Voice From Around the Globe: Transition into new culture is getting better

Sziasztok Magyarországról! (Hello from Hungary!)

Last month I talked about my transition into Hungarian life and other aspects of being an exchange student. This month I am pleased to report that I feel much more at ease in my host country than before. 

After the shine of a new country, people and language faded away I felt very unusual. There were things about myself that I began to question. I felt like I was losing my identity. In truth, I was a little. I do feel changed even after only two months, but I realized the best part of this whole difficult transition is finding yourself again. 

I am making real friends and learning the lay of the land. I am proud to say I no longer feel nervous on local transportation and actually know how to navigate it. I have traveled into the city a few times either with friends or to meet and have lunch with fellow exchange students. The language is still difficult, but I try to soak it in as much as possible. School, I will be honest, is boring. A little less so now that I have friends, but I always remember to bring a book to class. 

Life is better, mostly because I am getting along with my host family more. I hit a cultural wall with my family about my fifth week in Hungary. Mistakes that I considered little things, like forgetting to wear socks in the house or not drying my hair in the morning started to cause tension. It got to the point where I just didn’t feel comfortable or happy at all with my family. I decided that it was time that we all had a sit down and talk everything out. As we talked, we both expressed our feelings and explained our point of views.

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