When talking about studying abroad, I can see people experiencing something I would call it a ‘cultural confusion’. Maybe not just Chinese, I see some people from other places end up messing around in the UK during their stay, thinking this is not ‘their place’, so it’s okay to do whatever they want.
Even though there are cultural differences when comparing Western culture and Asian culture, but I don’t think the phrase ‘do whatever’ actually exists. Especially on the ‘cultural conflict’ between Chinese culture and British culture, there are so many differences on how Chinese people make friends or socialize with others apart from the way British people do. And that’s when problems occur. I can see sometimes Chinese students think that British students or other students party together all the time, drinking a lot, is considered a waste of time, or simply just being crazy is consider ‘bad person’.
I am not trying to argue with any of these opinions. The fact is, when some Chinese students thinking about ‘adopting’ western culture, they always have problems with the freedom they get when first go abroad.
This drop leading is a bit too long, I know. Now, my point is, it is understandable when people are given the so-called ‘freedom’ for the first time, they go outrageous, or just don’t know what to do about it. Because the international students are far away from home, they are in a ‘land of free will’, there’s no parents or their original social ethnic to restrict them.
And then an other point is, after they did whatever they want, like go crazy on drinking, smoking, or even relationships, there’s nothing but emptiness awaiting.
Once you experience seem to be absolute freedom, what left is knowing what to do next. It’s a shame seeing some people getting lost on endless partying, drinking or hiding in the room playing video games day and night.
It’s a way of living, some might argue. But doing something more practical would be my final point of making a living.