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Discover the 15 essential things you must do when you land in the USA for the first time. From practical tips like getting a sim card and opening a bank account to immersing yourself in campus life, this guide will ensure a smooth and unforgettable journey. Get your backpacks in and letโ€™s get rolling ๐Ÿš€

Embarking on a new adventure, far away from the familiar, you’ve landed in the United States as a student for the very first time. It’s a thrilling chapter in your life, filled with endless possibilities and remarkable experiences. As you step foot onto this foreign land, it’s time to equip yourself with the essential knowledge and practical tips that will make your transition smoother and your journey unforgettable. From navigating the practicalities of buying a sim card and opening a bank account to immersing yourself in campus life and embracing the vibrant culture, this guide is your key to unlocking the incredible opportunities that await you. So, let’s dive in and uncover the 15 things you must do when you land in the USA for the first time as a student! Our blog right here, is your go-to guide for conquering your student journey in the USA.

Get a SIM Card and Stay Connected ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ก

First things first, you need to get your hands on a local SIM card! Trust me, having a working phone in your new home away from home is a game-changer. Not only will it allow you to stay connected with friends and family back home, but it’ll also help you navigate the exciting chaos of your new surroundings. From finding the coolest hangout spots to discovering hidden gems, having a reliable connection is a must.

Settle into your Accommodation ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ”‘

Ah, the sweet feeling of unlocking the door to your new abode! It’s time to make yourself at home, my friend. Unpack your bags, arrange your stuff just the way you like it, and transform your space into a cosy haven. Pro tip: Don’t forget to bring some personal touches like photos or trinkets from your homeland to add a touch of familiarity. Remember, this is your sanctuary where you’ll create unforgettable memories and, who knows, maybe even host some epic dorm parties!

Take a Campus Tour ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ›๏ธ

Time to put on your explorer hat and embark on a thrilling adventure across your campus! Join a campus tour to discover the hidden nooks, bustling study spots, and the best hangout areas. From the majestic library that will become your second home to the state-of-the-art fitness centre where you’ll channel your inner fitness guru, exploring your campus early on will make you feel like a seasoned pro in no time.

Attend Orientation Events and Workshops ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“š

Alright, my friend, time to don your finest school spirit attire and dive into the heart of campus life! Orientation events and workshops are your golden ticket to becoming a campus insider. Attend these sessions to get the lowdown on everything you need to know, from academic requirements to finding the best slice of pizza in town. Plus, you’ll have a chance to meet fellow students who are just as excited and clueless as you. Trust me, lifelong friendships are waiting to be forged!

Open a Bank Account ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ณ

Money, money, money! It’s time to get your financial ducks in a row, my friend. Opening a bank account will make your life a whole lot easier. You’ll be able to handle your transactions, pay bills, and keep track of your hard-earned dollars with ease. Make sure to do some research, compare different banks, and find one that offers student-friendly accounts and convenient online banking options. Who knew adulting could be so thrilling?

Understand the Healthcare System ๐Ÿฅโš•๏ธ

Health is wealth, my friend, and you’ve got to take care of yourself. Take the time to understand the healthcare system in the USA. Get acquainted with your university’s health insurance requirements and coverage. Locate the nearest healthcare facilities, jot down emergency contact numbers, and make sure you know where to go if you need medical assistance. Remember, staying healthy and taking care of your well-being is a top priority.

Familiarize Yourself with Public Transportation ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš‡

Get ready to embrace the art of commuting, my friend! Familiarize yourself with the public transportation options available in your city. Whether it’s hopping on a bus, catching a subway, or cycling your way around town, mastering the local transportation system will give you the freedom to explore far and wide. Plus, you’ll save some precious dollars that can be better spent on exciting adventures or, you know, late-night pizza runs.

Find Your Academic Resources ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–

Knowledge is power, and your university is a treasure trove of academic resources. Explore the libraries, research centres, and study spaces available to you. Get to know the friendly librarians who can help you navigate the labyrinth of information. Familiarize yourself with online databases, citation tools, and writing centres. Remember, these resources are here to support your academic journey and unleash the genius within you.

Connect with International Student Organizations ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค

You’re not alone on this international student rollercoaster, my friend. Connect with fellow global adventurers by joining international student organizations or clubs. These groups are a fantastic way to meet people from around the world, share experiences, and celebrate diverse cultures. From epic cultural events to exciting trips, these organizations will provide a sense of belonging and turn your campus into a vibrant global village.

Familiarize Yourself with Local Customs and Etiquette ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค

When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Take the time to learn about local customs and etiquette in the USA. Understanding cultural norms, greetings, and social practices will help you navigate social situations with ease. You’ll build stronger relationships, avoid any unintentional faux pas, and create meaningful connections. Remember, embracing cultural differences is not only enriching but also makes for great storytelling material during late-night conversations with friends.

Attend Academic Advising Sessions ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“…

Your academic advisor is your guiding star in the vast galaxy of knowledge, my friend. Schedule and attend academic advising sessions offered by your university. Your advisor will help you navigate the labyrinth of course selection, degree requirements, and academic policies. They’ll be your trusted ally when academic challenges arise and your cheerleader when you achieve greatness. Building a strong relationship with your advisor early on is a secret weapon for academic success.

Discover the Local Cuisine and Dining Options ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐ŸŒฎ

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure of epic proportions, my friend! The USA is a melting pot of flavors and cuisines. Venture out and explore the local dining scene, from savouring regional delicacies to indulging in international flavours. But don’t forget to also explore the dining options on campus. From mouthwatering dining halls to cozy cafes, your university’s food scene will cater to all your cravings and fuel your study sessions.

Get to Know Your Faculty and Professors ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ“š

Your professors are not just scholarly beings locked away in their ivory towers, my friend. They are your guides, mentors, and potential allies. Attend office hours, ask questions, and engage in class discussions. Show them your dedication and passion for learning. Building a connection with your faculty and professors will open doors to the invaluable advice, research opportunities, and even potential references for future endeavours.


Understand Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policies ๐Ÿ“โœ…

We’re all about academic honesty and integrity in the USA, my friend. Familiarize yourself with your university’s policies on plagiarism, cheating, and academic integrity. Understand the consequences of unethical academic practices and embrace the joy of original research and authentic work. Your journey as a student is about personal growth and intellectual development, and nothing beats the satisfaction of knowing you’ve earned your achievements through hard work and integrity.

Embrace the Never-Have-I-Ever Moments! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿป

And last but certainly not least, embrace the spirit of Never Have I Ever! As you navigate your first-time student experience in the USA, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, try new things, and create unforgettable memories. Whether it’s attending football games, joining intramural sports teams, or participating in campus traditions, embrace the exhilarating moments that define your college journey.ย 

Towards the end ๐Ÿƒ

Friends and folks, this journey is about more than just getting a degree. It’s about personal growth, cultural exploration, and building lifelong friendships. So, just like Devi Vishwakumar from “Never Have I Ever” on Netflix, embrace the unknown, cherish the memorable moments, and create your own unique story as an international student. Much like Devi’s journey, yours will be filled with ups and downs, laughter and tears, but ultimately, it will be an experience that shapes you into the remarkable individual you are destined to become. Adios folks!ย 



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