According to Larsen, UNLV is one of the few schools that have a multiplesession orientation. They cover getting a passport, student visa, how to access financialaid, money abroad, what to pack and health and safety abroad amongst various other topics.“I think we actually do quite a lot. In fact we might even do a lot of hand holding, perhaps more than we should, but I’d rather a student be prepared than unprepared.”Larsen says there comes a time when a student just has to go and make their ownmistakes and put into effect all the lessons they’ve learned at orientation.Santana feels that the education she received from the orientations will help her make fewer mistakes abroad. She said Larsen made the students feel comfortable withmaking mistakes and learning from them, so she’s prepared to make many, but knows itwill be okay.She also learned about the important stages of culture shock and says she’s preparing herself for them.In the “Education Abroad Handbook” it states that there are four stages of cultureshock. The first stage is euphoria, the time where everything is new and exciting. Thesecond stage consists of some frustration with different customs and the curiosity felt previously turns into depression or anger.USAC Alumni, Susan Taylor visited Heredia, Costa Rica in fall 2008 and recallsthis stage during her stay. She was used to driving a car in Las Vegas, so in Costa Ricashe was frustrated by having to take the bus everywhere. However, she remembersrecuperating from that stage and moving on to the next.