Culture Shock

July 9th, 2011

Culture Shock - Behind The Awkwardness

“My first birthday- I am the one in the center, screaming my lung out, surrounded by family, friends, and one very very confused exchange student who was staying with my aunt.”

(submitted by Lauren)


34 Responses to “Culture Shock”

  1. Julie Peterson says:

    I worked with her at a high school in Japan! She became a teacher of English. 🙂

  2. Sheila Roberts says:

    Does this remind anyone else of the tv show Parenthood?

  3. Kate says:

    Why were you only screaming one lung out?

  4. Andrew says:

    I cannot stop laughing at this photo – the look of excitement on the foreign exchange student’s face is PRICELESS!

  5. Bozza says:

    That exchange student is CUTE.

  6. Allison says:

    This photo made my day so much better! I work for a company that places exchange students. And I am a host parent as well. This is a prime example that you don’t have to be perfect to host an exchange student, just have an open mind, and heart. This photo personal reminds me of our first exchange student. She is Asian and had a little hard time learning to live at first with little ones at home. But after a while she warmed right up, and I am proud to say she is my daughter, and I am her mommy!

  7. Jules says:

    This looks like a John Hughes movie haha, it’s National Lampoons Vacation mixed with Sixteen Candles mixed with Home Alone I LOVE IT

  8. Adrian says:

    BAHAHAHAHA I love that exchange student. Her expression is priceless!

  9. jon says:

    this picture is all types of funny

  10. Jill says:

    It took me a second to find her but when I did it was alllllll worth it! ;D

  11. Jan says:

    I have come to America. I shall continue to ponder the relevance of the Cone Heads so talked about on SNL.

  12. Rachel says:

    The exchange student’s expression says it all. This pic made my day!

  13. Lisa says:

    Absolutely brilliant picture. Looking at the exchange student makes me laugh out loud 🙂

  14. Ted C says:

    The little girl in the front row far left looks like she is having a great time.

  15. CamdensGramps says:

    Capitalism……Catch it!

  16. It's me! Dee! says:

    I’m digging the sunnies on the chick in the middle wearing the pink shirt. They just don’t make sunnies like they use to, now do they?

  17. CJ says:

    You only had one lung?

  18. Joyce says:

    Poor exchange student looks like she’s trying to send out a message telepathically: “Help me”!

  19. jersygrl says:

    wow, you had a lot of hair for a 1-year old!

    • Robyn says:

      I was thinking the same thing! My son turns 1 on Wednesday and has tons of hair, but he looks a lot younger than this girl.

  20. UhOh says:

    Sno Cone hats. Hope they rinsed them out before wearing them

  21. Noel says:

    Hahahaha I can’t help laughing!!! I’m also an exchange student now in Canada, I totally could understand how confused she was 🙂 Anyway it was good to see smiles on the whole family members(except student)..thank u for a nice picture..:D

  22. Carolyn says:

    Are the hats really just plain white?!

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  24. Lars says:

    Haha, the exchange student just took it to a different level of awkward!!

    • Cristina says:

      I agree. I love that she put on a party hat too. She’s probably thinking “stupid Americans and their silly hats…”

      • Don says:

        Actually, more like “I’m somewhat perplexed. You eat a clump of colored ice, then use the paper cone as a party hat. What did I do with that emergency number to my embassy?”

    • Candi says:

      Probably hoping her friends and family never sees this photo of her in a wierd paper cone hat.

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