Quick Adjustment Tips
Observe American Behavior. Gain an understanding of generally accepted behavior as well as behaviors that are considered Taboo.
- The workload at Princeton is often intense and it is possible to fall into the rut of all work and no play which can have a negative effect on your happiness and productivity. Look for opportunities to reduce your stress by exercising, eating healthfully, practicing yoga or meditation, and having fun. Ask for help when you need it.
- Most U.S. classrooms are learner centered in which there are discussions, student presentations, critical analysis, interactions with the Instructor, different types of exams and assignments, and a chance to apply knowledge. Classroom participation is generally valued by most U.S. instructors.
- Immerse yourself in the language and speak English as often as possible. Communicate clearly and directly.
- Plagiarism is considered serious offenses and may result in failing the class or even expulsion from school. Ask your professors if you have any questions about what is considered plagiarism or cheating. For more information, see Academic Guides & Resources.
- Be Patient with yourself and with others. Try to adapt to your new setting. Keep an open mind. Try not to make negative judgments. Have a sense of humor.