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There are many countries in the world that have very different cultures and ways of life. Most Americans have no idea how life goes on in different places. Some don't know about life in a different state, much less another country. Foreign exchange students enter a different country and are usually surprised by the things they see. It might take a while to adjust to the new style of living that the exchange student will experience during the time that he/ she is abroad. This adjustment could definitely be described as a rite of passage. The American way of life represents the symbolic death, and the rebirth is the acceptance of a new and different way of life. Learning to absorb the culture rather than looking strangely upon it is something that may be difficult to do for quite some time. Once an eye-opening initiation has taken place a person will most likely view things in the world differently for the rest of his/ her life.
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