can't really typify an entire nation, especially one as diverse the U.S., and
say that all Americans behave a certain way. But in general most Americans are
very friendly and will appear to be very open when you meet them. A lot of
American's are fascinated by internationals so don't be surprised if you get
some reverse culture shock as they get to know you better.
You may find that you have more in common with the other foreign students
going to your school than the Americans. This is because your all going through
he same experience of leaving your home countries and having to deal with an
entirely new culture. Some of your best friends will sometimes be other
the United States, people often say, "Hi, how are you?" or "How
are you doing?" and then don't wait for a response. That's because this is
just a polite phrase and not really a question. An appropriate response to this
is "Fine, thanks." American's have a lot of these polite sayings which
shouldn't be taken literally.
One of the best places to make acquaintances is in your dorm, if your living
on campus. On your floor there will be a combination of different personalities,
tastes, likes, dislikes, habits, and interests. Get to know some of the people
in your dorm by participating in dormitory activities.
There are several ways for you to meet other students with similar interests
as yourself. You may find people in your classes or labs who share similar
interests with you. But there are also clubs and organizations within many
schools for students with particular interests to get together in. There are
fraternities and sororities, cultural and religious associations, sports
teams/clubs, student government associations, and music and theater groups.
Couples in the U.S. often go out in the evening to attend a party, see a
movie, or attend a concert. Students may even get together for a study date. It
is common practice for either the man or woman to ask the other out on a date.
Expenses are usually split between the two of them for the movie, concert, or
Take the time to meet people both on and off the campus, you'll be glad you
did. And your American experience will be more worthwhile because you did.