Students need to understand the American way of life and cultural values. The rules and regulations allows all individuals an equal opportunity to life and achieve their goals. The laws treat everyone fairly and give them same level of individual freedom and respect. With these governing principles international students can find environment conducive to personal growth and development.
Being representative of their cultures, international students are given a chance to live freely in a harmonious environment. Individuality and self expression is encouraged.Students counselors on campus help students meet any challenges they come across while away from home. Following information will help you understand American society and enjoy your stay while studying in America.
When meeting someone introduce yourself with your first name. You can address individuals like this:
"Hi, my name is Sam" or "Hi, I am Sam".
Similarly speaking on telephone say "Hello". If you are looking for you someone particular you can say
"May I please speak with Tom".
Legal age for drinking is 21. Carry your passport and student identification with you when you go for a night out with your friends. Comply with management at club or at the door when they ask you to produce your identification.
Generally you will be expected to tip while using a taxi or eating in a nice restaurant. Roughly your tip should be around 10%-15% of your bill. However, it totally on your discretion to tip or not to tip.
Watch out for smoking signs at public places. You are expected to abide by rules and regulation where there are signs not allowing people to smoke. Normally, public transport and close space have restrictions on smoking. Therefore, to avoid smoking in these areas.
Smoking is not as common in America as in many other countries. Generally, Americans smoke less than Europeans and much less than Asians. It is a practice that is becoming less and less socially acceptable.