Five Things Every International Student Should Know Before Coming to the U.S.


3. Everything in the U.S. is BIG! The continent itself is huge. It is over 3.5 million square miles. Oh dear, there is another point. Unlike the majority of the rest of the world we do not use the metric system. That would be equal to over 5.5 million square kilometers. You can also forget centigrade, centimeters, and everything you’ve known up to now.


But it isn’t just land size that is big. Serving sizes in U.S. restaurants are extremely generous. You are expected and even encouraged to ask for a “doggie bag” so you can take home your leftovers to have for another meal.

Perhaps that is one of the reasons why so many Americans are also big. In fact, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, as reported in Time Health Magazine, “Close to 40% of American adults and 19% of young people have obesity…”

4. Speaking of meals, Americans love to eat and drink (especially coffee). You may be surprised to see them doing it while walking, sitting in class, or driving their cars. They also appreciate foods from all over the world. You will find a huge variety of ethnic restaurants and grocery stores in the U.S.