When we get ready to study abroad, we think of the practical things to check off the list. Often we forget that we are moving to another culture, not just another country.
I have put together a series of online tutorials to expose you to the mindset, culture, academic requirements, college social life, on campus resources and much more. These tutorials will provide an overview of helpful resources to ease your adjustment so you can achieve your highest potential inside and outside the classroom. (This will also help you minimize culture shock.)
These tutorials include conversation, videos from various colleges, and reflection questions to help you start thinking of things differently. Take full advantage of the opportunity to start questioning, exploring and challenging your world now. It's a valuable cultural mindset preparation for what's to come when you step foot on the US campus.
The tutorials will answer some of the frequently asked questions about studying in the US from a cross-cultural perspective:
- What is this online preparatory class all about?
- How can I have fun, make friends and interact with other students on campus?
- How are teaching styles and classroom expectations different in the US?
- What kinds of things should I look out for while choosing a college and going through the admissions process?
- Why do some colleges have a relaxed approach to learning?
- Am I allowed to use on campus resources, or do they cost me more money?
- What are some advantages of going to college in small town America?
- How do I have fun on campus? Can I visit my friends or take part in activities on other campuses?
- What keeps college students motivated?
Jennifer Kumar, Brijesh Nair and Deepa Madathil are co-creators of the Study Abroad to the US program entitled "Chasing the American Dream: From Take off To Landing." Contact Jennifer Kumar to answer your questions at email@example.com.
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