As I see these new people in a new environment, I wonder, and sometimes, I look back at how I was when I first came here in Buffalo.
There's always the issue of culture shock. I wonder what kind of culture shock I had. Because I see new people and definitely see culture shock in their faces. For example, I know of one who never knew the system of banking here for example, and never knew how personal checks worked. He thought that one can get personal checks from the supermarket. Of course, I instructed him how to get personal checks, that this is actually something from the bank, and not something that you can simply get from the supermarket.
Of course, how to write a personal check is also new, perhaps.
There's also the issue of housing. New people do not know what to expect from furnished apartments. If an apartment is furnished, would you expect it to have a mattress? A refrigerator? A washer and dryer? How about a vacuum cleaner?
I am not sure how I was when I was relatively new here. I never felt like I was lost or anything, but sometimes I see new people and I feel like they would be very vulnerable to people who are probably bad, people who are opportunistic, and people who just seek other people's harm. Scams, for example, are one thing that new people are easy victims, which is why I always see emails directed towards foreign students warning all of us to stay away from these scams and other traps.
In any case, I always wonder what things new people here find interesting and new, overwhelming, and hard to understand. Perhaps one of them is food, which is why I always see foreign people in the Chinese and Indian restaurants here. I know my Chinese roommate already remarked that he doesn't like the food here. And he also doesn't trust the dryer, and dries his clothes by air all the time.