Hi class! This is our new exchange student Amara from Dubai.
Yes, it is very different from my culture I experience at home.
Hey, How have you been adapting to the new school. It must be very different from your school at home.
It has been difficult for me to adjust to this new lifestyle and make new friends.
It seems like you don't mean different in a good way.
Amara is an exchange student from Dubai who left her home for the first time to experience Canada for 6 weeks. She is all alone and nervous to explore this new culture.
I feel isolated from the people at this school, but I want to form relationships with my classmates. I just feel like our cultural differences are keeping me from fitting in.
I know how you feel. I just moved here a year ago from Florida. It really can be hard to find support.
A week goes by, another student Sam notices that Amara is by herself and wants to ask how she is doing, and if she needs any help transitioning. Because Amara is from a Non-western culture, and she is now living in a western culture, the social environments are very different.
It really helped me to connect with people by joining a clubs and teams. I can help you find something you might be interested in.
I would love that, I can't wait to make some connections with new friends.
Sam is trying to figure out what is upsetting Amara and help understand her. People from Non-western cultures prefer to cope with their problems through interrelationships with others and social cultural environments, so Amara is not comfortable with the way things are done in her current situation.
Thanks, Sam. Nobody has reached out like this yet, It will really help me to have a group I can relate to.
Sam is being empathetic towards Amara and relating to her on a personal level. Amara is experiencing culture shock because she is unable to adapt to this new environment and way of life. Western cultures, like Canada, have a more individualistic view point on mental health where people express independence and this something that she is not used to.
Sam is suggesting ways for Amara to put herself out there and make some friends to improve her own mental wellbeing .
Sam's empathetic and friendly approach to Amara has paid off and Amara is grateful for her new confidence as she will use this new information in an effective and meaningful way to practice emotional intellingence.