May 24

I Wish Someone Had Told Me…

Here’s your chance to reveal your secret… What is one thing you wished someone had told you before you came to study in the United States?  Please put your answer below.  We look forward to learning how to serve you better!

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    • Norah on May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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    The one thing I wished someone told me before I came to study in the United States is when I write about something that I found from the internet or I used a book to find some information I have to write from where I got this information ( the names or websites addresses ) .

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    1. Yes, this is very important in American and Western culture for two reasons. 1) We don’t like to assume sources of information. It is good to know so we can go to that information for ourselves if we like. 2) It is not legal to plagiarize, that is, copy someone else’s work without giving them credit. You can get kicked out of school if you are caught plagiarizing someone’s work.

    • Sabrina Lin on May 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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    I hope I can learn how to cook before leaving my home country. When I miss some Taiwanese dishes, I can make it by myself.
    It’s impossible to find the same taste since the restaurants in America have to meet what American like. The food culture is big gap between West and East. For example, we emphasize healthy food so we prefer to eat lightly, but the food in America usually cooked with cheese, pepper and salt that make meat, vegetable, fruits lose its original flavor.

    1. Yes, it is so important to know how to cook, even if it is just at a basic level. Food that tastes like home can ease rough days abroad. Knowing the ingredient names for your favorite foods in your new culture can be most helpful. In some cases, you may be wise to bring along some favorite spices and flavorings to get you by until you can find a place to purchase new supplies. In other situations, you may want to ask family back home to send a care package with favorite foods from home, too.

    • Ariunbadral Enkhbaatar on June 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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    I wish someone had told me that cultural differences. Especially, greetings…KISS-BOW-HUGS were most shocking greetings for me. In my country we just do the shake hands, not like kissing each other or cheek to cheek everyday, hugging people that I often see them and I don’t know much about them etcetera. Because in my culture hugging is very rare, only if I haven’t see them in long time or if they are leaving far away so on. Kissing is only for between family or girlfriend/boyfriends to each other 🙂

    1. Thank you, Ariunbadral! You are right. How we greet each other can widely vary between and even within cultures. Here in the South, we tend to hug and kiss more often than our neighbors to the north, but there are exceptions everywhere! When in doubt, try to go along with how you are greeted (I still have to prepare myself when greeting my Latin culture friends who often greet with a cheek side kiss), but don’t feel obligated to offer to greet in a physical way if you aren’t comfortable with it. Instead, you could offer, “Would you like to learn how we greet each other in Mongolia?” I would think you would get a “Yes!” every time!

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