Smile all the way to your American Degree
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Many International applicants to US Universities do not get a chance to know the people of USA till they actually arrive in the country. The perception about the American people is often based on movies, novels, news coverage or just word of mouth. The media coverage depends on which part of the world you live in.
No matter what you know or have heard about the American people, you are likely to be pleasantly surprised by the fact that people are very nice, polite and helpful, even towards strangers. The first thing you will notice here is that people smile a lot. They even say Hello, Good Morning, How are you doing today, to anybody whom they come across. You will be further surprised to find that people will open and hold doors for you to get in. If you are lost on campus and ask for help someone will not only explain you the directions but may even walk with you to show where you need to go.
It is advisable to learn the optimism, cheerfulness and manners so that you come across as a likable and well-mannered person when you interact with people of various nationalities at a US University or outside the campus. It is important to greet people with a smile or Hello when they greet you. In USA eye contact is very important, so look in the eyes while talking to someone. If they offer a hand, shake their hand firmly and with enthusiasm. Open and hold doors for others while entering a building if someone is right behind you. Allow people to come out of an elevator before you try to get in.
The key is to be very proud of your own culture and at the same time learn the local culture so that you have a great experience in USA… and remember to smile!