Is there something wrong with me? I feel so alone.
How are you doing?
Canada is so big!
During break, Ashley and Victoria are always having a good time. However, Jaspreet the international student who just arrived from India sits alone.
After a couple of weeks and numerous group activities, Ashley and Victoria notice Jaspreet has not made any friends. They decide to approach her and introduce themselves in hopes of making her feel more welcome.
Ashley and Victoria ask Jaspreet if she wants to join them for lunch. Jaspreet nervously says yes. Over the lunch break, they ask Jaspreet how she was adjusting to her new life in Canada.
Maybe adjusting here won't be as hard after all
We are here for you!
As Jaspreet felt more comfortable talking with the girls, she started to open up about her struggles in her new life. Jaspreet explained that she is having trouble adjusting from a small village in India to a larger multicultural city in Canada.
She expresses her anxiety towards opening up to new people because of the language barrier and cultural differences. Since Jaspreet was raised in India, they have a collectivistic culture which means they are very dependent on their social relationships and want to fit into their group, however she does not have these same relationships in Canada.
Victoria expresses her empathy towards Jaspreet as she has also immigrated from another country and understands the culture shock. Victoria gives her coping strategies that may make her adjustment easier. Ashley and Victoria both let Jaspreet know that they are always there if she needs to talk.