Here are our top 5:
1) Packing the wrong things
2) Not getting involved on campus right away
3) Looking the wrong way crossing the street
4) Overdoing it on American food
5) Not asking for help when we needed it
Here are our tips for avoiding these mistakes: http://blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2012/08/27/5-freshman-mistakes-we-made-that-you-shouldnt/
What mistakes have you made that you want to help others avoid? Share your wisdom!
So you want to know what American students really think of international students? You’re in luck! We did a survey to answer just that question, asking over 50 Americans to answer anonymously with their honest opinion of their international classmates. If you haven’t read our analyses of the survey results, take a look at these articles first:
But if you’ve already read those and are still dying to know more, this post is for you.
The Americans who took our survey wrote long form answers to two questions: (1) Why do you think you do or do not relate to international students; (2) Why do you or do you not try to get to know international students? Here, in their unedited entirety (with names removed for privacy), is every single comment we received.
Why do you think you do or do not relate to international students?
(60% of Americans responded they relate to international students as well as or better than they relate to other Americans)
I think I relate to international students mainly because of our environment. We are all here to learn, have fun, and make new friends. We have some of the same views because they know quite a lot about America (which only makes me feel extremely ignorant considering how I do not know much about their countries other than what they tell me themselves.). This being said, I think our constant thirst for knowledge is another thing that brings us all together, along with our curiosity to hear each other’s experiences.
Well, we did ask for honesty. This was by far the worst comment we received when we asked Americans what they REALLY think of international students at their college.
I was with my dad on the way home from one of my softball games when my brother called and said that he letter had come in the mail. I couldn’t get home fast enough, but I was terrified.
If you applied to study in the U.S. for next year, I’m sure you can relate to Jaime’s emotions while waiting for her admissions decision to arrive. And if you’ve already received your letter, you might be able to what she felt next:
I held the envelope up to the light and read the words “We regret to inform you.” At the time I was devastated…
Or you might relate to Thuy’s experience after receiving an acceptance letter from her dream school, the California College of the Arts, and realizing just being accepted might not be enough:
The amount of money I estimate I will need to pursue this two year MBA program is $100,000 … My family is not rich, so the cost of $100,000 is really a burden. … After I got their admission letter, I sent CCA an email to explain my financial difficulty and seek assistance from the school. At present, I am anxiously waiting for CCA’s response on any kind of financial aid they could offer.
We wish everyone could be accepted to their top choice school, and with enough financial aid to afford to go. And if you are one of the lucky ones, congratulations! Leave a comment to share with others your tips for success.
But, if you are one of the many students who received a letter reading, “We regret to inform you,” or a nice fat admissions letter with no accompanying financial aid package, take heart. Here are 5 stories to inspire you and show you that one admissions decision doesn’t have to make or break your future.