Culture shock is defined as “the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes” (Merrian-Webster, 2015). Today, I am exhausted. Tired. Sometimes confused. Stressed. Annoyed that I feel that I am always asking for directions or help. It was bound to happen really. If you are reading this and need more information on how to get over these feelings, check out this website.
I have so much to do still, like get a Dutch phone number and bank account, figure out my course schedule, and figure out how to get a bio-metrics card. On the bright side, I have wi-fi in my apartment now. My window was broken since my arrival, and a repair man is coming in the next few days. I went to IKEA yesterday and purchased lots of highlights for my room, like candles, pillows, etc. Speaking of which, as you may know IKEA is a huge store with multiple levels and many, many products. It was so overwhelming to find little things like a bodum or pillow case, with the language barrier. Also, there was a huge rainstorm on the way back which made the endeavor an adventure to say the least! Totally grateful for two friends who joined me. We made it out together!
Today is a write off, but tomorrow marks my first day at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences with the International Student Arrival Days. I am looking forward to meeting other students, checking out the campus, and following up with my To Do List. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet, but I live near Vincent Van Gogh Street. Isn’t that simply amazing?! Even though I am having an off day, I feel like I never want to live this lovely country.