Every year students from all over the world travel to the United States to study. While many adapt well to the new culture, others struggle. Don’t worry if you find yourself in the group that struggles in the beginning, because you are not alone. Leaving your home, friends and sometimes school behind is not an easy choice and having to adapt to another country culture and language is a big deal. You will have to face some challenges while living and studying in the United States and that is not a terrible thing, because you will learn to overcome.
Here are some challenges that you should be aware before you travel to the United States.
1. The Language Challenge
The language challenge is the first barrier you will need to overcome. Even if you have been studying and speaking English before you arrive in the U.S., you will notice that it will still be hard in the beginning to understand the locals completely. That is because each state has their own local dialect and slang terms they use, and only by living in the U.S. and communicating daily with locals that you will become fluent.
2. The Local Culture Challenge
Another challenge will be to adapt to the local culture. It’s very important to read about the United States culture beforehand because it helps to know what to expect. Some people while living in another country for a period of time might experience culture shock and/or homesickness. If you happen to experience either, click on this link to know what you can do to overcome.
3. The Climate Challenge
Before you travel to the United States you should search about the climate of the state in which you will be living to better prepare. Especially if you live in a tropical country like Brazil, where there is no snow on winter and the weather doesn’t get cold, it could be a hard transition.
It’s always best to know what to expect. In the U.S., you will usually find a very hot and humid summer with cold temperatures and heavy snowstorms on winter for the North and Northeast coast, and you’ll find hot and dry summers with milder winters for the Southwest, and warm weather for the Southern states.
What do you think would be the biggest challenge for you? Let us know in the comments below.