My experience as a Saudi Arabian international student in the United States. How I made it.

International students acculturation process

If you are a Saudi Arabian international student in the United States, you must be at a certain phase of the acculturation process. My name is Fadila Ahmed, a tutor here on Study Help 24/7. I have been through the acculturation process, and this is my story.

I came to the United States in 2010. In Saudi Arabia, I attended Yara International School and only came to New York to advance my studies. I arrived on August 18 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. It was a nice journey with much to talk about on, maybe because I was excited to be exploring the new world. When we landed, I went through the normal security checkups and was freed. I had a cab waiting for me, which took me to my student apartment. We had used an agency to secure one for me. The agency did some good work, I found myself in the neignorhood of other international students.

I rested for one week and then started the orientation process at Colombia University. I enjoyed it as it lasted. Then came the real deal, the classroom.

The first Hurdle

My first class was English and grammar mechanics. I was confused to say the least. My professor kept singling me out to answer some questions. Being from anArab speaking country, my “r” was quite stressed and this somehow made other students really laugh at my pronounciation. I enjoyed the moments with them instead of feeling inferior. I found consolation in the fact that I was not the only student of Arabian descent. Those who had gone through it and toughened helped me. I sailed though it.

The Second Hurdle

The second hurdle was the assignments, they were quite challenging. Though my instructors were available, I did not bother them so much, maybe due to my background. I tried to look for some help online but in 2010, getting such help was rare. Payments methods were not as good as they are today. It was simply troubling. To my rescue came another student who was Chinese. His name was Chen. He had such a nice flair of English that I admired him. I convinced myself that if he could make such good use of English and he was an international student, I could too. He helped me muster English in its spoken and written form. I couldn’t have asked for more. Gradually, I improved my grades and by the time I was done with college, I had my 3.5 GPA.

Final Comments

I worked in the US for 2 years and went back to Riyadh. In Riyadh, I am formally employed as a college English instructor. I also do part time online tutoring here on Study Help 24/7. I do academic writing, helping students earn the best grades possible for a better future. If you are a Saudi like me, studying in Saudi Arabia or the United States, you can make it. You just need dedication and the right people. If you may require help, I would be glad if you let me walk with you to your excellence.