8 Nails On A Chalkboard For Foreign Students In The U.S.

8 Nails On A Chalkboard For Foreign Students In The U.S.

We've heard it all before...

1. “Oh you’re from London? My friend is from Liverpool! Maybe you know him: John Smith? Brown hair? Kinda tall?”

Just because your friend lives in the same country I am from, it doesn’t mean I automatically know him. To put it into perspective, London to Liverpool is a four-hour drive without traffic. That’s the same amount of time it takes to get to Vegas from Los Angeles - and you even cross state lines!

2. “Whereabouts in London? Oh yeah, totally heard of Shepherd’s Bush…near Buckingham Palace, right?”

When they ask you exactly where you’re from, and then pretend they know where that is. Having only been to New York City once, I would never ask a New Yorker where in New York they lived, and whether they can see the Statue of Liberty from their bedroom window - although admittedly, that would be very cool.

3. “Oh, your favorite TV show is American? How come? Aren’t you from England?”

First of all, I’d be surprised if aliens hadn’t spent the last 20 years watching Friends, and secondly, I am from England- not from under a rock. We get TV there too, people!

4.“Do we have accents to you?”

Let me ask you one thing: if you moved to China for a couple of years, would Chinese magically start sounding not-Chinese? Way to go, making me feel like a minority!

5. “So wait, if you’re from England, why are you here?”

I’m sitting in class and trying to focus on the education my parents are paying for, not standing in immigration in the airport. As a foreign student, having this question fired at you is frustrating. I’m not here just biding my time. I’m here to learn- just like you.

6. “You have an accent!”

I’m not even going to grace this with an explanation.

7. “You can’t have an opinion on American politics because you’re not from here.”

As a Political Science major, this was one of the most ridiculous statements I have heard since moving to America - and it was spoken by an Arts major. As a foreigner, one may have even more perspective on their host country’s political system. It is easier to view it from the outside, with some objectivity and outside experience.

8. “Go back to where you came from!”

This one mainly applies to Caucasian foreign students. If you were to yell that at a student of color, you wouldn’t get the same, relaxed reaction. It’s still rude, even if I am white.

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2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

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