College life in itself is proven to be a challenging time. There are quite a number of factors that can inhibit college success. Some of these factors may be financial—such as the demand of scholarships, the inadequacy of monetary support from the parents, or the need to look for a part-time job. Other factors are social—such as the inability of the student to cope with peer pressure or the feeling of not belonging to groups. Some factors may be inherent to the students themselves—such as the more demanding schoolwork, the increasing difficulty of the subject matter, problems with getting adjusted to college life, student's health or bad study habits getting in the way. College students face these challenges on a daily basis. Their success in college may depend on their ability to cope with these challenges and balance their priorities.
[...] Undergraduate International Students: A Resource for the Intercultural Education of American Peers?. College Student Journal, 1114+. Retrieved April from Questia database: < http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5024841244> Kilinc, A., & Granello, P. F. (2003). Overall Life Satisfaction and Help- Seeking Attitudes of Turkish College Students in the United States: Implications for College Counselors. Journal of College Counseling, 56+. Retrieved April from Questia database: < http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5006987288> Klomegah, R. Y. (2006). Social Factors Relating to Alienation Experienced by International Students in the United States. College Student Journal, 303+. Retrieved [...]
[...] The proposed interventions are mainly direct services to the foreign students to help them better adjust to college life and the rigors of college education. College students who are by law adults still need some help from their schools. Austrian admits that adulthood, although the longest developmental period has the least amount of studies (Austrian 2002). There are however needs that span all developmental stages. The sense of belongingness is a higher-order need as stated by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory. [...]
[...] As a result of the feeling of alienation among foreign students, they tend to withdraw from school activities. Such actions are inhibiting them from getting all their due privileges. Again according to the Student Personnel Point of View, one of the students' need is to receive an orientation regarding what he should expect in his educational institution. This is make them feel more comfortable and at home with their environment. Foreign students should have a very good orientation program. They are more in need of this because aside from adjusting to the school, they are adjusting to the culture (including the practices, food, language, etc.) and the new environment they are in. [...]
[...] (Kilinc & Granello, 2003) For clarity, the term foreign students refer to students who are not born Americans who come to the United States to study. This definition segregates them from the immigrant students and the naturalized Americans. Foreign students are also called international students. The American students are called host students in this case to distinguish them from the foreign students. Past literature mentioned in Klomegah's paper points to several reasons why foreign students may feel alienated from the host students: false impression of social life in the US or American culture for that matter; lack of social interaction with other foreign students of the same geographical regions; and rejection of host students. [...]
[...] It seems that willingness to adjust or be helped may be a key factor in arresting the alienation of foreign students in the United States. This pressing dilemma must be addressed because like all college students, foreign students invest a lot to get a good education. A study by Kilinc and Granello estimates that foreign students spend “four times more” (2003) than their American counterparts. If success in college life for foreign students depends on overcoming alienation, then those in authority in the universities must consider this as a serious matter. [...]
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