As an international student, I moved quite a few times throughout my life, I speak three languages fluently (working on my fourth) and I currently study in the United States. Whether you’re an international student that moved once, moved 5 times or 700 times you will be able to relate to some, if not all, of these. If you’re not an international student in the US, let me enlighten you.
This is one of your most used apps. You still don’t get why people use GroupMe or any other application if we can just use WhatsApp.
2. Time Zones Are Actually The Worst
You still struggle sometimes scheduling a call with your family and friends from back home.
3. Jet Lag Is A Whole Other Problem
You’re jet-lagged when you fly back home and by the time you get used to that timezone you have to come back to school and then you’re jet-lagged again. You end up spending the first or two weeks like this:
When they start talking about jet lag you just:
4. West Coast Vs. East Coast
When people complain about the time difference between the east and west coast you can’t help but roll your eyes.
5. You Became A Master Of Converting Certain Units
Fahrenheit to celsius, miles to kilometers, pounds to kilograms, inches to centimeters and the list goes on and on. Converting dollars to your currency and then adding the tax to it became a part of your daily life.
6. Your Answer To The “Where Are You From?” Question Is Difficult
The answer is always longer and a bit more complicated than locals.
7. Flying Is Not A Big Deal To You, Especially Flying Alone
Sometimes you even run into old friends in international airports in a random country and that moment is truly magical.
8. Thanksgiving Doesn’t Mean A Lot To You
You definitely enjoy the food and the long weekend even if it means spending the weekend alone in your dorm.
9. You Still Don’t Understand The Hype About Pumpkin Spice
It’s good but it is not THAT good.
10. You’re Multilingual
You definitely had times when you mixed your languages or forgot how to say a specific word in one language and your brain is just like:
11. You Get Excited When You Meet Someone From The Same Country As You
That moment they speak the same language as you, this is the ultimate sign you are an international student in the US.
12. You Probably Have A Mixed Accent
Especially if you moved around and you had friends with different accents as well.
13. You Don’t Get All The References People Make Or The Slang They Use
“You’ve never watched the Office, Full house, etc.…?” No, Karen, I haven’t watched it and I am still alive.