Facilitating Recovery through Building an Interconnected Community: From Awareness to Action
Keywords:Asian international students, mental health, cross-cultural adjustment, community building
This essay describes stress that many Asian international students experience during their adjustment to United States (U.S.) universities. Reflecting on personal experiences that contributed to deeper self-understanding, the author explains cultural incompatibilities that cause this stress, the negative impact that the stress has on mental health, and the lack of support systems that exacerbate mental health complications. In highlighting the prioritization of the mental health in Asian international students and initiating community outreach programs, the author demonstrates that when Asian international students participate in creating an interconnected community, they have the potential to thrive despite the stressful adjustment period.
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