you leave for the United States, you may want to think about
your goals and expectations for the experience. Doing so can
smooth your adjustment process and help you get maximum benefit
from your stay.
You can think about these matters in your own mind, write
yourself some notes about them, or discuss them with someone.
First, what are your
goals in studying in the United States?
Second, what are your expectations? Whether you are aware
of it or not, you have in mind ideas about what your experience
as a student in the United States will be like. Those expectations
help determine your reactions to the actual experience. Your
expectations may be realized, but they may not be. Your experience
can be more positive if you are aware of your expectations
and think about how appropriate they are.
To help you consider in more detail your expectations
or assumptions about being a student in the United States,
you can click on
each of the topics here. You will not know the answers to
all these questions now. Even so, it helps to think about them.