Culture shocks when studying in Australia
After 13 weeks of working and getting close to her Australian friend, when she met her at the school, Giang was surprised because her friend considered herself strange.
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A bachelor of Accounting and Master of Business Administration at Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia), currently working for the Australian government, Ms. Truong Nguyen Thoai Giang shared her experience when familiarizing herself with the culture here.
Before studying abroad, I worked for a joint venture company between Vietnam and Australia, interacting with many Australians. I paid attention to learn about kangaroo culture through books, movies and newspapers. Percentage of hearing not equal to a see, I travel a few weeks in this country, but like riding horses to see flowers. Knowledge and experience that is only local, superficial. When I came to Australia as a student at Victoria University, I was unable to avoid culture shocks.
For a long time Vietnamese people used to joking and talking about the province of Anglo. I heard that, but I had never experienced Anglo-style ignoring until I came to Australia. The British arrived in Australia and made the country a colony, so even though it has been independent for more than 100 years, Australian culture and personality still has a profound influence on the British, including the style of Anglo. -pear.
The first semester, on the first day of the lecture hall, I sat next to an Australian friend. Seeing you are friendly, I started talking to get acquainted. Fortunately, she was in the same practical class (tutorial) with me, so when I formed the group I immediately paired. We are like pairs of cards, study together, exchange, divide into large assignments (assignment) very well, rhythmically. I calculated, and she wrote.
One day the university library was closed, we had to go to the local library to get it done. The two have been together for 13 weeks, taking exams, breaking up and seeing you soon. Yet, the next semester, when I was no longer in the same subject (subject), met again on campus, while I was glad to see her face, she treated me as a stranger, making me surprised.
In the second semester, thanks to good results in basic accounting, I was assigned a tutor (mentor) for students of the following course. It is just a volunteer work, but every student desires a rate to polish his resume in the future. Each week I spend an hour in class helping my classmates after their homework. Before that, I had to spend at least another hour to prepare.
I am very proud of my work so I am always enthusiastic to guide and patiently explain to students in the next course. Every day they would thank me so much that I forgot all about tiredness. I did not expect to finish the exam, the next semester met in the schoolyard, 10 of them were ignored, 9 did not seem to know me. The 10th friend also greeted but superficially gave a message. Someone saw me from afar, but looked as if I didn't exist. They save every look, smile, nod.
"First-class ceremony, after-school literature" or "Nhat Vi-monk, semi-self-monk" does not seem to exist in this country. I learned from experience, when the group was close, they would help each other as much as they did when they finished the exam. Studied in Australia for 4 years and post-graduate for 1.5 years, but now that I think of it I don't have a friend for longer than a semester. Perhaps they could not remember my name, so there was no such thing as having a meeting of 20 years, remembering the "dear old days" like in Vietnam. In Australia, there is only "semester friendship".
In addition to the Anglo style meal, I was surprised at the fairness of the local students. Once a classmate in the same class needed a copy of A4 document but forgot the student ID, so borrowed my card. After all, she was determined to pay me 50 cents even though I said no need, how much was worth. In group work, too, buy the tape for $ 1, then divide into 4 people to pay 25 cents each.
I still remember one of the group's birthday, the other day when he told the group not to bring lunch, I went out to eat together. I was supposed to be a birthday treat, I did not expect to go to the strong restaurant everyone ordered. It's just sitting together, chatting with each other, but everyone's eating, drinking and drinking, and of course everyone pays. Australians have understood this "go Dutch" rule since childhood, no one bothered anyone.
The eating habits of Australians are very different from Vietnam. In the beginning, I was used to lunch carrying a big lunchbox while the Australian students only had lunch with an apple or a baby sandwich of tomato and cheese. A lazy lazy meal, I also imitate an apple lunch. As a result, that afternoon I was in class, hungry and dizzy, ringing in my ears while my Australian friends remained leisurely.
When I was in a group study, I used to bring playboys, like a bag of grapes and instead of "eating alone, it hurt" I invited the whole group to eat. Australian friends are not polite, respond very enthusiastically. On the contrary, when they bring food, they often have a habit of bringing only a small portion, such as a small chocolate bar, so they eat alone without inviting anyone.
When you go to an Australian friend's house to cook and cook together, things like tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms just wipe without washing because they are afraid of getting wet, making pasty foods, such as sandwiches. Chicken, beef, or fish of all kinds, cooked and used, not washed for fear of losing nutrients. Go to restaurants like shrimp, crabs that have been boiled, stored cold when catching from the sea, so they are served cold on the spot. Because of the habit of eating hot seafood, I just sat looking while some Australian "cup" delicious.
In the school yard, or in public places, sometimes there are free drinking water towers that just turn out to drink. My parents are nurses, I was told to eat and drink when I was young, so I watched the people carefree tap water. It also took a long time for me to get used to drinking tap water without cooking 100 degrees Celsius, after verifying that tap water meets drinking water standards, flouride in living water is good for teeth and teeth.
Cultural shock when moving to a completely new environment is evident, everyone must undergo. Depending on the personality and circumstances of each person, the shock lasts for how long, severe or mild. From personal experience, I find culture shock nothing terrible. If we think openly, not conservatively, accept the difference, we will quickly like it