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Important Tips after Landing in United States of America

As an international student, you should be curious, excited and also nervous when you land up in an alien country. This article provides information and advice on how to avoid potential problems that could occur overseas. It is not meant to suggest that the experience you will have - living and learning on foreign soil, in a culture not your own - is something you should fear. Indeed, it should be one of the most enriching, fulfilling, interesting, and educational experiences of your entire life. This is what it has been, in any case, for nearly all students who have undertaken it.

As soon as you reach USA Airport, take care of the following things:

1. Gather all your items and carry on bag from the flight.

2. Make sure you have all the documents handy in order to avoid any issues with the security officials. Immigration officials will ask you the purpose of your visit and how long you propose to stay in their country. They will examine your passport, as well as visa and immunization certificates if they are required. They may or may not then stamp your passport, and you are free to enter the country. Depending on local practice, as well sometimes as the season and time of your arrival, this procedure can range from being quick and cursory to laborious and time-consuming. Even though you will be eager to exit the airport and start your study abroad adventure, it is important to be patient and respond very politely to any questions raised by them.

3. After Immigration, comes Customs. You will be asked to declare (perhaps in writing) if you are carrying certain items in your luggage. Be sure to declare any restricted items, as luggage may be opened and checked. Always be respectful and polite. Never make jokes about bombs or illegal drugs. This kind of behavior can get you detained by the police. It helps to dress neatly and be well-groomed.

4. If you have connecting flight, proceed to check you bags otherwise wait for your pickup. Your senior (s) will come to pick you up from the airport. Hence, be patient.

5. Always greet the person with smile who comes to pick you from airport.

6. Help them to load your suitcase in the car. Don't scratch the car while loading the suitcase. It will give a wrong impression of you as a person.

7. Let them take you to your place of stay and you can ask for way to call back home to inform your parents about safe arrival.

8. Enjoy each moment of landing in USA. This is one time achievement and not everyone is able to make it!

You should learn about the country and understand its Educational system. The international students studying there will be of great help to you in this scenario. Get a personal prospective from them. You should also visit libraries and bookstores and contact the embassy, consulate or tourist office to get materials. Read the international news section of your local newspaper or in internationally - oriented papers like the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor. Watch newscasts and public television shows that talk about how the people live.

About the education system you should get to know how the faculty teaches. In other words, what methodology they use? For instance, most of the Business Schools apply Case - Study method in class. You should also enquire whether you be expected to be in class every day? What will be expected of you academically? Knowing the answers to these questions early on will allow you to set your own academic goals.

Living and learning overseas successfully usually means adjustment to a different lifestyle, food, climate, and time zone, often accompanied by the necessity of learning to communicate in a foreign language. This process is never easy and can include mood swings alternating between heady exhilaration and mild depression. In the early weeks, you will probably feel excited about your new experiences and environment. Soon, you may find the excitement of new surroundings and sensations increasingly replaced by frustration with how different things are from home.

This frustration and confusion is usually referred as 'culture shock.' Variations of culture shock can affect even experienced travelers and is considered a natural (and perhaps even essential) part of adjusting to a foreign culture. Symptoms can include depression, sleeping difficulties, homesickness, trouble concentrating, an urge to isolate yourself, and irritation with your host culture. Even if you are used to being away from your family, you may still have problems. After all, you are now away from everything that's familiar.

Exercising regular will help fight the culture shock blues and speed you through your initial jet lag. Throughout your time abroad, you'll feel more energetic and less stressed if you jog, swim, play tennis, or even go for a walk three or four times a week.

Whether at your program site or elsewhere, when you visit another country, you are that country's guest and are expected to follow its laws. Be well-educated and aware about what you are venturing into. Things have become simpler due to the power of the internet. Put it to good use.

For all those you have already experienced the same, we will like you to share your immigrant experience with us!

Best of Luck!

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