How to Prepare for a Tornado

Many international students and visitors to the United States are fearful of tornadoes. If you live in the Central and Eastern United States, it is essential to prepare well. But it is not necessary to worry or fear. It is very rare and unusual that a tornado will...

How Americans View Friendship

Relationships are a funny thing when you’re crossing cultures and learning to live in another country, let alone make new friends.The key to friendships in the U.S. is being aware of how three American cultural values affect the relationship. Americans tend to value...

Goodbyes Stink!

Last week, we began talking about transition. Specifically for those of you who will be leaving a place you have started to call “home” and moving on to another. One common process to prepare for a transition like this is to “build a RAFT”. If you missed...

Transitioning to a New “Home”

For many, the end of the semester signals a long, sigh of relief. Finally— the end of exams, the end of studying, the end of your exhausting internship. But for some of you, the end of this semester will be a significant transition. It may mean leaving the...

Got Joy?

Does joy sometimes seem elusive? Sure, we experience moments of happiness between the chaos of daily life. A particularly good scoop of ice cream might boost our mood after a busy day of attending office hours, labs, lectures, and study groups. But, is it possible to...