Life changes can be both exciting and difficult, especially when you are far from home. CAPS is here to provide support and assistance to international students.
What are some common concerns for international students?
Everyone goes through an adaptation process when they move to a new country. These are some things that can make this even more difficult:
- Having to use a foreign language
- Being unsure about how to interact with people in authority
- Not knowing how to make new friends
- Not having a clear idea of how to date people from different cultures
- Not being able to express yourself in your usual way
- Having to eat different food, and use different eating customs
- Being in a place with different religious practices
- Differences in educational systems
- Having people get impatient with you when you don’t understand things
- Having to deal with prejudiced people
These difficulties and others may lead to uncomfortable emotions such as feeling:
- Unsure of yourself
- Like you don't belong
- Angry or frustrated
- Afraid of the unknown and unfamiliar
- Confused about which values to live by
- Unsure of whether to stay in the U.S.A. or go back home
- Unsure of how to raise and relate to your children in the new culture
Added to all of these worries, you are also faced with adjusting to university life. You may face challenges regarding making career choices, academic pressures, studying effectively, and developing and maintaining relationships with others.
Counseling and Psychological Services is available to help students handle these challenges.
What are counselors and counseling like?
In counseling, you can discuss your problems with a professional who is non-judgemental, open, and knowledgeable. People come to counseling for many reasons. Sometimes they are trying to solve a problem or struggling to achieve a goal. Other times they are experiencing problems with sadness, anxiety, eating, sleep, or alcohol use that are interfering with their life. These are just a few of the reasons people come to CAPS.
We know that it can be difficult to discuss personal problems with a stranger, but CAPS has licensed professionals who are non-judgemental, open, and knowlegeable. Everything discussed with a counselor is strictly confidential and will not be provided to anyone. Even the fact that one is being seen at CAPS is private and is not shared with anyone, including a student’s parents, home government, or other offices on campus, without the student’s written permission. The only exceptions to this confidentiality occur when it is clear that a person’s life is in danger, a child is in danger of being harmed, or when information is required by a court of law within the United States.