Communication with Home

Communication and Immersion

Students who seek maximum immersion should note that constant communication with home can significantly hinder your language progress and your adjustment to the new culture.  It may be an adjustment to refrain from texting, messaging, or calling friends and family on a regular basis or checking social media multiple times a day.  If your goal is maximum immersion, you should prepare family and friends (and yourself!) for the reality that you may be difficult to contact and that, even when possible, regular calling or e-mailing may interfere with your language acquisition. If something has gone wrong, your family will learn about it immediately. Otherwise, you can remind them that ‘no news is good news.’

Some students have found keeping a blog to be a good way to keep family and friends up to date on their experiences without having to have numerous conversations in English. Please be aware, however, that as a Middlebury student you are a representative of Middlebury’s program and of the U.S. as a whole. Make sure to keep your blog culturally respectful and open-minded, as any stranger reading it will take it to be a representation of the way American students studying in Jordan think.