“If you can make it here…”: Culture shock and international students

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Contributed by: Lebogang Matome, a student in the Touro Graduate School of Business class of 2017, working towards her M.S. in International Business & Finance.

From home America, was a dream. Being awarded an opportunity to come study in America, one can only dream of and plan all the places that they want to see, in New York particularly. What a bonus to come to NYC I thought, hoping to see all those places where some of my favorite movies and reality shows where based. I had expectations of celebrities on every corner and paparazzi everywhere, with the thought of photo bombing a celebrity. It’s a place where one is given the impression that money could actually be growing in trees. It seemed that everyone who lives in New York must be a celebrity with a luxurious life, and every day is a holiday, and every time you are sad, by some coincidence it will start raining while you are walking to catch a taxi and a soundtrack will come on. But then you arrive and finally get to discover that Hollywood is in another part of America, far from New York. Continue reading

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