iStudent Corner: Yongqing from China sharing some truths for new international students

Today, Yongqing Zhu from the Zhejian province in China is sharing some tips on being an international student in the U.S.  She currently studies Business Administration at the University of San Francisco.

Since International students usually spend several years studying abroad, I would like to give all new students some tips and tricks to better prepare and master your journey.

Yongqing, International Student

1)  It is up to you what you make out of your time studying abroad. You can (more or less) choose which path you will go. You can decide to completely indulge yourself in the simple, fun college experience and become a party animal, OR, you can choose to actually take advantage of the academics and gain valuable knowledge, and set goals to achieve each semester and graduate with an amazing degree. My recommendation is to focus on studies, with a healthy amount of fun!

2)  Talking about culture shock, at first, you will feel excited about everything that is happening around you. However, when you become used to your new life(style) and feel bored about your studies, make sure to keep an active attitude to prevent yourself from falling into a phase of sadness and feeling homesick.

3)  A great way to keep yourself busy and engaged is to join some organizations and meet new and different people. This is a great way to interact with upper-level students and experience the differences between cultures.

4)  When it comes to studying, writing papers and revising for exams, make use of all available resources that the University provides you, such as from the library and organized study groups.

Yongqing International Student in USA

5)  Keeping a healthy lifestyle is the most important part. Make sure you get enough sleep and exercise regularly without the supervision of your parents, that you may be used to from back home.

6)  You should divide your time equally. Managing time outside of school is essential for your entire study life. You should make short and long-term plans. Making your plans more specific will help you reach your goals and be successful easily.

7)   Build good relationships with your classmates and professors.  A smile, good and continuous communication play important roles in sharing ideas.

8)  When it comes to holiday time, please try your best to travel as much as possible. It is a great way of taking a real break and will make your study time more interesting. On top of it you will get to know this country deeply.

Please always remember that studying abroad is the best thing you can do for yourself 🙂

2 Responses to iStudent Corner: Yongqing from China sharing some truths for new international students

  1. N says:

    Love these tips! It sounds like you’re having an awesome time in San Francisco.

    Joining organizations and meeting new people are really great pieces of advice. The students, faculty, and staff members you meet while in school can be a huge help when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

  2. Nice insight Ms. Zhu. I would like to add that an interesting new book/ebook that helps those coming to the US is “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for those who will benefit from a better understanding, including international students.
    Endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also identifies foreigners who became successful in the US and how they contributed to our society, including students. A chapter on education explains how to be accepted to an American university and cope with a new culture, friendship process and all the classroom differences they will encounter.
    Many of our foreign students stay here after graduation. It has four chapters that explain how US businesses operate and how to get a job, a must for those who will work for an American firm or with a foreign firm in the US environment. It also has chapters that identify the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them, the number one stumbling block they say they have to succeeding here.
    Here’s a quote from the book: “Chinese Americans were asked their thoughts about their experience in America. Most were graduate students who had to adjust to a new country and who experienced language and cultural problems. Their answers give general insight to the overall foreign-student experience in America. Two-thirds ranked these as the three biggest impediments to their advancement in the U.S., major topics that are all addressed in this book.
    1.Deficient English as a second language.
    2.Lack of know-how to break into American social circles.
    3.Lack of business understanding and training.
    “Interestingly, despite problems encountered here, almost six out of ten wished they had come earlier, and a third wanted to become U.S. citizens and remain here. Asked to define the biggest reward they received by coming to the U.S., the top reward, as one might expect, was mastering English and seeing the world. However, the next reward was ‘getting to be myself regardless of other people’s opinions.’ ” This response points out one of the major differences between our two cultures.” Good luck to all our international students!

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