3 Career Tips for International Students in the U.S.

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Krasi is Carey the Torch's Editor-in-Chief and also represents the Career Development Office in Washington, D.C., working with students on career exploration and development. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

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Completing a university degree is challenging but even more so if you choose to do it in a foreign country. A new place, new people, and a new language:  all three could add pressure to your already demanding academic endeavors. Lucky for you, we have compiled a number of recommendations that will make the transition a lot more enjoyable.

  1. Explore the local environment to familiarize yourself with the new place:
    1. Check out Free in DC, a resource of free or low-cost events in the DC area, and 50 Free Things to Do in Baltimore
    2. Use phone apps, such as LocalEats, Urbanspoon, or Yelp, to find restaurants, read reviews, and possibly try a novel food item
  2. Engage on and off campus:
    1. Attend school events (and not just Carey events!).
    2. Volunteer in the community.
    3. Meet people (classmates, teachers, neighbors) and share stories.
  3. Expand your English vocabulary and educate yourself along the way:
    1. Watch TED talks and listen to the radio (NPR)
    2. Read professional journals in your field (Wall Street Journal, Forbes)
    3. Speak and Write. In English. Every day.

Lastly, remember to be patient, open-minded, and adventurous. The move to a foreign place could certainly be nerve-racking, but it also teaches you a lot about yourself and about others. If you prepare for the differences and open yourself to learning how to appreciate them, I guarantee you will have a great time in the United States. Enjoy!

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