“Here are a few of my tips on how to handle culture shock:
1. Realize that you can’t change people.
One of the most heartbreaking parts of coming back home was realizing that during the time that I was gone, a few of my friends and I have drifted apart. Their interests are no longer my interests and vice versa. It’s a part of life. You meet new people and new friends and old ones drift away.
Getting frustrated with friend’s attitudes and differing interests is counterproductive and no matter how what you do and how much you wish for it, you can’t change people. It’s hard to accept it and move on, but it’s necessary to keep you going.”