Presentation on theme: "ANDREW – MALAYSIA DASH – MALAYSIA CIARA – CHINA BROLIN – INDIA PALIS – THAILAND ALEKS – MONTENEGRO CRISTINA –MEXICO THOMAS – CANADA/USA AFTAN – USA JEANNE."— Presentation transcript:
ANDREW – MALAYSIA DASH – MALAYSIA CIARA – CHINA BROLIN – INDIA PALIS – THAILAND ALEKS – MONTENEGRO CRISTINA –MEXICO THOMAS – CANADA/USA AFTAN – USA JEANNE – CHINA/USA to Lehigh and the USA International Orientation Fall 2012
If you are meeting a professor at 10:10am, what time do you actually arrive? 1. Exactly on time at 10:10am 2. 5-10 minutes early 3. 10-20 minutes early 4. 10-20 minutes late
Concept of Time America has a very fast paced lifestyle.
Tip 1 : It’s all about TIME. Punctuality Being on time is always respected. If you are going to be late, inform first. Time Management College is fun, but don’t get too carried away. Spend your time wisely. (Planner, Reminder, Notes and etc. ) Personal Responsibility Everything is graded. Take everything seriously. Aware of what’s professors mention in class.
You meet someone you want to be friends with, what do you do? 1. Invite them to Rathbone for lunch. 2. Add them on Facebook. 3. Make small talk during class. 4. Ask them for his or her phone number
Tip 2 : Friendliness ≠ Friendship Americans are typically very friendly – However, this friendliness does not necessarily have to become deep personal friendships “Let’s get coffee sometime” or “let’s do lunch” What do you think?
Tip 3 : Communication is king Eye Contact Body Language Questions In a classroom – asking question is often encouraged; it’s a sign of interest in the subject. What you generally SHOULD NOT directly ask an American? Money – it is very impolite to ask how much one earns Religion – a personal choice -- some feel this is private Political Affiliation – some Americans can be defensive if you talk politics
Tip 3 : Communication is king Direct: one meaning, used to convey information quickly Report and academic writing. Some situations with pressure of time or need: Professor on the way to a meeting Someone is making you feel uncomfortable Indirect: an alternative meaning Are you busy? (favor, question, or advice) I am not a fan of cheesecake (I don’t like cheesecake) Do you have an extra pen? (I need a pen) How are you doing? (Hi) No standard: contextual, personality, regional and relationship differences
Tip 3 : Communication is king Addressing someone - If you are unsure of what to call someone, it's best to use a formal address or simply ask, What should I call you? Small talk - Informal type of communication Americans can talk too fast – Don’t feel shy to ask them to repeat or Pardon or Could you please slow down?
Tip 4 : Don’t get the HUMOR. It’s okay. Americans love to have a great sense of humor They sometimes use humor to make their point Humor relies on shared experiences and culture Sarcasm When pigs fly! Nice weather we’re having! Misunderstanding -- If you don’t understand someone’s humor and are not sure what he/she is trying to say, don’t be afraid to ask ☺ http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=raVqiQhU-Fw
Urban Dictionary A site where users attempt to mock and explain everyone and thing in life, under the guise of cynical quasi-intellectualism. It should be both noted and ignored, embraced and dismissed, laughed at and revered. Legit:1. (adj.) A modern synonym for words such as "cool," "ill," "tight," or "dope." Used to describe a noun that is of a particularly excellent quality. The slang use of this term is slowly but steadily increasing in popularity. 2. (adj.) Authentic. www.urbandictionary.com
Tip 5 : Understanding Personal Space Personal Space No means No Refusal It’s okay to say NO. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGV SIkEi3mM
Tip 7 : Difficult Roommates Difficult Roommates issue Examples How to deal with them? Be straightforward to your roommates. Be polite (Please rule) but be firm (Your purpose). Know your options – to move or not to move Have a peaceful relationship
You go out for dinner, how much % tip is normal for you leave? 1. 0% 2. 5-10% 3. 10-20% 4. 50%
Tip 8 : Food & Money in US Ordering at Restaurant : DO NOT GIVE ORDERS Being polite is nice, use indirect speech (E.g.: “Can I have…?” Instead of “Get me….”) Tipping (15-18%) Sit Down Restaurants or Delivery Tables of 6 or more: tips is automatic -- don’t tip in fast food or buffet places Money matters Bethlehem Passport
What is this called? 1. Soda 2. Pop 3. Soft Drink 4. Coke
What is this called? 1. Sub 2. Sandwich 3. Hoagie 4. Hero
Where to eat off campus? Check inside your Passport to Bethlehem: -Go to the restaurant/business -Get a discount -Collect Stickers inside the passport -Receive a mystery prize for 8 stickers -First 3 to finish, receive a gift certificate -Show your passport to ISS when you finish
Tip 8 : Food & Money in US Money Quarter = 25 cents Nickel = 5 cents Dime = 10 cents Penny = 1 cent
Tip 9 : Diversity of the country REGION, CHACTERISTICS, ACCENTS East: hurry, rush, more businesslike compared to other places; South: slower pace, tradition, hospitality Midwesterners: practical, and a bit more traditional, warm and open Westerners: very independent and individualistic; West Coast: relaxed and informal NOTE: These are broad description and will not apply to every person from a particular region http://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=jOltf7rS-mM
Tip 10 : Travelling Transportation Safety Keep your ID with you all the time
Cities close to Bethlehem BETHLEHEM Philadelphia New York City Washington DC Transbridgelines Bieber NYC Bieber Megabus
Airports close by: Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) 20 mins from Lehigh – better to take a cab or drive there Newark 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic – Transbridgelines has regular buses JFK 3 to 5 hours, depending on traffic – Transbridgelines has 2 buses/day LaGuardia Bethlehem to PABT through Transbridgelines, you can get shuttles to airport from there
Tip 6 : Get involved on campus activities Volunteers opportunities: Pay attention to International Office Email Notification Activities : Becky’s Drive In Movie Theater Jersey Shore Moravian Museum Martin Guitar Factory NYC Trip/Shopping Trip International Bazaar Make your college life fun. RSVP – Please respond to the email (ASAP)
Tips 7 : Ask Officers at OISS if you need help They are your best friends in here. Greet them politely Say thank you
Things to do at Lehigh Lehigh vs. Lafayette Football Game Nov. 17 th @ Lafayette Football season starts September 1 st Basketball season starts in February Clutch
Taylor Gym Swimming Pool Raquet Courts Basketball Courts Dance Studio Fitness Center Monday - Thursday: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm Friday: 6:30am - 10:00 pm Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Zoellner Arts Center Art Galleries Music Performances Theatre Borrow a room to practice your instrument! http://zoellner.cas2.lehigh.edu/
Association of International Students Great way to stay in touch with your international friends Check our Facebook page for upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2200126219/
Fall 2012 Events Preview Club Fair, 27 August, UC Lawn, 4pm – 6pm Global Union Open House, 29 August, Coxe Hall, 4pm-6pm Resume Workshop, 30 August, 4:10pm-5:00pm “I Know Who You Are, I Saw What You Did” a presentation on Internet Privacy and Facebook Nation by Lori Andrews, 30 August, Sinclair Auditorium, 7:00pm Farmer’s Market, Thursdays, Campus Square, 11:00am-3:00pm Katherine McPhee, 20 October, Zoellner Arts Center Lehigh Club of Northern New Jersey Day of Volunteering, 3 November, Alumni Association, 8:00am-4:00pm Annual Turkey Trot, 15 November, 4:30pm ISS -- http://www.lehigh.edu/oiss/events.htmlhttp://www.lehigh.edu/oiss/events.html Study Abroad -- http://www.lehigh.edu/~incis/http://www.lehigh.edu/~incis/