You never know how much energy you have, until you leave shelter and go into a strange country, The growth of your heart and your vision is the real growth.Congratulations to you!
Experiencing an entirely new culture and environment can often be intimidating. However, you are never alone! Here are a few support resources to take advantage of if you are ever feeling homesick or confused.
1、International Student Office ??國際學生辦公室
Find information here about anything and everything you need to be an international student in the United States, ranging from academics to finances to work.
2、International Student Groups/Clubs ?國際學生組織/俱樂部
Connect with other international students that have been through or are going through the exact same thing that you are.
Bond with your peers over a shared ethnicity, religion, interest, or opinion to create your own network of support in America.
4、Friends & family ?朋友以及家人
Keep in touch with your friends and family back home! They will always bring you a sense of security and familiarity in your new environment.
Academic Resources ?學校資源
If you’re ever struggling with your classes or need help with something related to your academics, there are many ways to find help.
1、Academic Advisor ?學術顧問
Need help deciding what classes to take or help planning your schedule? Your academic advisor can answer all your questions regarding classes, credits, major requirements, and more.
2、Student Learning Center ?學生自習室
Students struggling with specific topics, skills, or classes can go here to get help or more practice on specific concepts.
3、Office Hours ?辦公時間
All professors and teaching assistants have office hours each week where students are free to go and ask any questions they have about the course. This is a great way to clear up any confusions you have about material and get know your professors.
Academic Tips ?學術技巧
Here are a few pointers on how to succeed in your academics.
1、Go to class.You are spending a lot of money per class and you can really learn a lot about both course material and life from your professors and teaching assistants.
2、Go to office hours.This is the only opportunity for you to personally get to know your professors or receive detailed explanations for specific questions, so take advantage of it. Most students also find that they perform better and receive better grades in classes where they have attended office hours.
3、Have a general plan for what classes you want to take and when at the beginning of your college experience. This will prevent you from running out of time or space in your schedule to take the classes you need to graduate.
4、Take advantage of the variety of classes and topics available. With so much to choose from you are guaranteed to learn about new and interesting topics.
5、Don’t overload your schedule. Most students take about 16 credits per semester, which is roughly 4 classes. If you take on too much at one time, you hinder your ability to well in the classes that you are taking and run the risk of becoming too stressed and overwhelmed.
6、Classes are usually 1 or 1.5 hours long, run 2-3 days a week, and are offered at different times throughout the day. The general consensus is to try to avoid 8ams. You’re whole semester will be a whole lot easier.
7、Get advice on classes and professors from friends who have taken them or look up professors up online at www.ratemyprofessors.com. This will help guide you in which classes and professors to take and what to expect within each individual class.
8、Textbooks can be extremely expensive so alternatives to buying textbooks at the student store are buying used textbooks or renting textbooks. Also, do not buy textbooks too early as some of the listed textbooks may not actually be used by the professor.
I wish you all the best in the future. We’ll follow up on the life of studying abroad.