No matter how well you prepare for a trip abroad, adjusting to a new culture can be both an exciting and challenging experience. The initial adjustment period can be overwhelming at times. You may experience some moments when it seems impossible to make sense of your environment, when you cannot predict the actions of others, or when your own habitual actions seem to produce an unanticipated response in others. Don't worry: these feelings are part of the natural process of cultural adjustment and will soon pass.
Because adjusting to a new culture can be difficult, all international students are encouraged to seek the support they need from UNM's Student Health & Counseling.
The following short video introduces the concepts of mental health for international students in the US. Covering mental health awareness and warning signs, dispelling myths, and showing ways to seek treatment, the video seeks to demystify this complex topic.