“Since I did not come to the United States until last summer, everything for me was new at the very beginning. Usually when people in China see strangers, they ignore them and keep doing what they are doing. When I’m walking on campus, people I don’t even know say hello or smile at me all the time. They would ask, “I do not even know her, why is she smiling at me? Maybe some international students will not regard it as a big deal, but this makes me feel like Penn State Harrisburg is a big family.
What makes studying abroad fun and interesting is the opportunity to observe and learn about the culture and traditions of people on your campus and in your community.
It can also be helpful to know how other people will expect you to behave, and will behave toward you while you’re away from home.
For example, my aunt went to New York City couple of weeks ago and saw some young and beautiful girls who didn’t wear bras.
She asked one police officer about it and he told her it is not illegal in New York.
This guide has been prepared for International students to read and refer to during your time here.
It gives you information about American customs and describes some points that may be different from your culture.
I still remember when she knew my birthday was coming, she baked a special kind of cookies for all of my classmates and they sang the Happy Birthday song to me.
I was touched by this and I will never forget it, since I would never have this experience if I still studied in my home country.” “A funny story that happened to me during my second week in the US happened when I was in my first class.
My friend sitting next to me wrote “What R U DOING” on her notebook, and I wrote “EATING” back.
She laughed out loud after class and told me that I did not have to act like this, because most professors allow us to do so.
Thank you to our Global Ambassadors who shared their insights and experiences in this guide.