Americans LOVE their sports!

Gateway Grizzles Sports Game

I once interviewed with Studyn.US, an online website for students wanting to study here in the U.S. One question asked centered around our love for sports. Since some of our popular sports, like ice hockey and baseball, are not common outside of our country, Studyn.U.S. asked how International students could familiarize themselves with our sports. … Read more

A Driving License Is a MUST in the U.S.!

driving license

Once I helped an international friend study for her U.S. driving license. She passed both the written and driving portions her first time! I was so proud of her. But do you know what scared the dickens out of me? That this friend had been driving here for over 10 years on her original country’s … Read more

When Did Thanksgiving Begin? It’s Complicated!

The first “Thanksgiving” was a 3-day harvest festival celebrated by the original English colonists in 1621. After enduring a terrible sea voyage, brutal winter, and multiple deadly diseases, the remaining colonists were thankful that they had survived! Indeed, they wouldn’t have survived a second year if the Wampanoag Indians, whom they invited to the festivities, … Read more

Do You Have Too Much Optimism?

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” Lou Holtz, retired American football player This was the answer to a cryptogram puzzle that I once completed. My first reaction was, “Yes, that’s probably true!” and my second was, “That is SUCH an American statement!” Americans, on the whole, are … Read more

Do YOU Understand Tipping?

tipping

Tipping in the U.S. can be confusing! This is especially true if you come from a country where tipping is discouraged or where a set service charge is normal. Oh, who am I kidding? Tipping in the U.S. confuses us all! Here are just a few examples of how crazy it is! I go to … Read more