As a former international student, ISV Corresondent Sarah Naji Alyasiri shares her top 10 tips for new students coming to the U.S.
You were admitted to one of the universities in the U.S. Great job! After the completion of your program, you will be a graduate of an American university. You will be so proud of yourself! American universities are the most prestigious and accredited in the world. You will have this honor the rest of your life.
Here are the top 10 tips for international students who plan to study in the U.S.
1-Work on improving your English as much as you can.
Even if you are fluent in English, you may have difficulty understanding Americans’ speech because they may speak quickly and use idiomatic expressions. You can improve your understanding by watching movies, T.V shows and so on.
2-Try to get as much information as you can about the town and the state you will live in.
You can familiarize yourself with the area around the university, including fun activities and historic sites.
3- Hit the ground running!
Try to contact your university ‘s international students office. Before coming to the U.S. They may put you in touch with students from your country or international students who can help you in one way or another.
4- Have a time to educate yourself about the American culture by reading or asking about it.
You will find many resources online. Keep in mind this is a completely different culture. It is your responsibility to educate yourself to know what is appropriate in this culture and what may be considered offensive. For instance, you should not argue with Americans about their religion or political opinions, which would be rude.
5-Use all the academic resources available to you.
You can get any help from professors, teaching assisting students, the library, and the tutoring center
6-Join clubs or organizations in the university.
Whether clubs for social interaction or organizations related to your education and future career. It will help you to build your networking. You can get to know people in your career field, which would expand your horizon.
7-Strike a balance between school and off-time.
Being successful in your studies would be your first goal, but you should also have time for fun and hanging out. Most universities plan trips to parks, resorts, theaters, etc. It would be great to go and have fun.
8-Try new things.
Step out of your comfort zone. There are many things you can try and enjoy.
9-Be open- minded and flexible.
Try to interact with all different nationalities. You can learn a lot about them and their culture. Do not isolate yourself by hanging out with just people of your nationality.
10- Keep in mind that life in a new country is not easy.
Adaptation takes time. Sometimes you may find making friends and studying difficult or you may be depressed by missing family and home. No matter what happens just never give up. Working hard always pays off. Focus on your goals and follow your dreams. Be tough and patient. No pain, no gain as they say.
Do you have a question about studying in the United States? About the culture? Language? ANYTHING?
Sarah Naji Alyasiri
ISV Ambassador and Correspondent