Bridges First Look: John

In this post, we would like to introduce you to a very famous book of the Bible, the book of John, and explain some of its historical context to aid your understanding.   The book of John is one of four books found in the Bible called “the gospels.” The gospel books...

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How Americans View Family

How do modern Americans view family? Today, the population of the United States of America includes people of European, African, Asian, Native American, and Latino descent. Because of the cultural diversity that exists in America, it is difficult to define how...

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America- Land Of Strange Habits

America is known as the land of opportunity- but if you’ve been here long, you are realizing it’s also the land of the strange-  strange habits that is. I cannot say when these habits originally formed and why we continue them, but here’s some that you may or may not...

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What To Bring To America

Before you read about what to bring to America, check out my last post What Not to Bring to America. As you are packing to move to the U.S. as an international student, think through what items you won’t be able to buy here, what will bring you emotional comfort...

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What Not To Bring To America

When I spent a year studying abroad in Lebanon, I brought WAY TOO MUCH stuff with me. With four suitcases, I ended up spending hundreds of dollars for excess and oversized luggage on my flight.  Before you pack for your time in the U.S., learn from my mistakes about...

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Explaining Your New Life to Old Friends

As an international student, you’ve had to adjust to time differences, cultural differences and long distance relationships with loved ones. But perhaps the most painful and unexpected, is the “experience distance” you may feel. Experiencing a lot of new and different things most of your friends and family back home haven’t gone through can create a gap of understanding that wasn’t there before. You probably have a new perspective of your own culture because now you’ve seen it from the outside looking in. Your view of your home culture is the air your old friends unconsciously breathe and your experiences in your new culture are foreign to them. You will probably continue to change with every new experience, creating an ever-growing gap. This could leave you feeling very misunderstood, isolated and alone.

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