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I have also grown so much as a person as I've had the chance to meet people from all over the world as well as familiarize myself more with American culture. I am extremely grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet people that I know I will keep in contact with and who have had a great impact on my life. Luis: I feel that students from other countries would have a harder time than me adapting to life in the US. Panamanian culture is heavily influenced by America due to historical reasons, so growing up I was exposed to American culture to some extent.

Thus the change was not drastic when I came here. Sometimes I feel like people are more curious about my culture than I am about theirs, but that's because I already had a firm understanding of what American culture was like when I came in.

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From what I have experienced by talking to other international students something that surprisingly doesn't happen often is that they have a really hard time getting used to life here, from the lack of public transportation to American pride to football season to political correctness. The friends I have made here know me just as well as the people back home.

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I don't feel like I am living two different lives where I feel comfortable back home and uncomfortable here. Instead, I invite people to know more about my culture as I do the same with theirs. Ben: How does your university perform when it comes to facilitating the transition of international students?

Luis: I think that my university does its best to make everyone feel welcome, but sometimes it just doesn't translate well. Throughout my first semester here, I was trying to figure some things out and get used to the southern way of life. While they provided me with useful information at the International Students Orientation, I feel like it was not enough. Regarding legal matters like employment and similar aspects of life, they have been helpful, but sometimes we have to dig for the help we need.

This is understandable, considering the small, but exponentially growing international student population. Luis: I would not change much about the orientation itself, because it is pretty standardized for all students, but I would like them to introduce more speakers with experience about being an international student.

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Mainly because, trust me, it takes a lot to leave everything behind you to pursue a dream abroad. Imagine feeling different and being shy, that happened to me the fall semester of my freshman year, but I am a different person now. Luis: Academic integrity is pretty global, and I think it transcends cultures and languages. Just as in America, we are taught to maintain a moral code and be respectful of everything and everyone. You must be able to say that if certain things take place, if others help, if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done.

That is big, but believable. Bad example: That a year-old woman with arthritis will someday run a marathon in under three hours. It is big all right, but also impossible.

And she better get a move on! The great achievers have a habit. PGA golfers picture the ball going straight down the fairway.

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    One reason many dreams never go anywhere is because the dreamer keeps it all to himself. It is a quiet dream that only lives inside of his mind. The one who wants to achieve their dream must tell that dream to many people. One reason: As we continually say it, we begin to believe it more and more. If we are talking about it then it must be possible. Another reason: It holds us accountable. Every dream must take the form of a plan.

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    You need to sit down, on a regular basis, and plan out your strategy for achieving the dream. Think through all of the details. You can be, however, one of the ones who changes them. By chasing your dreams and finding that passion and drive, you will be happier in all aspects of life. About Jennifer Landis. Jennifer Landis is a mom, wife, writer, and blogger at Mindfulness Mama.

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