There are some things international students don’t believe exist until they arrive in the United States. What things surprised you?
Here are some things international students have shared. Do you agree? What would you add to the list?
Drive-thru ATM’s and stores: it left me speechless. And then to think that most purchases in the U.S. are on credit ;). You can even do drive-thru shopping, drive-thru oil-change, drive-thru massage(?). Everything is drive-thru!
Cars, cars, cars: It’s a big country and public transport is lacking. Hence, most people own at least one car and use it for the shortest distances. You would almost think people forgot how to walk or bike. Although I saw many people bike, it was for sports, not for day-to-day transportation.
Use of slang OMG! NO WAY!!: So, apparently people really do say O.M.G. a lot (in California that is) and other slang you hear on T.V. I thought that was simply T.V. stuff.
Extreme sensitivity towards race and religion.: People tend to be very sensitive about racial and religious topics. I was embarrassed to ask a Costco employee where the white chocolate was because I was afraid she would tell me I was a racist.
Gigantic cars: I thought a Land Rover was big until I saw the average pickup truck in the U.S.
Many payment options: You can pay with check, credit, debit, cash, or anything else of value. Unbelievable. I’m used to either paying in cash or with my debit card. It’s really smart business wise – you simply cannot argue you don’t have the money, because even if you don’t.. you can still pay on credit.
Widespread obesity: I was shocked to see the amount of obese people in the U.S. I can fully understand it though: the portions are big, everything has cheese in it, refills are free, purchases in bulk are cheaper, etc.