Have you recently moved to the US from overseas? Maybe you haven’t made the move yet, but it’s happening imminently. While there is bound to be a lot of excitement about the move, it’s also normal to feel a bit scared and nervous about what awaits, how you will fit in and how to make that transition. Even if you will be living in the US for only a few months, there will still be a transition period. With that said, here’s a look at four simple tips for people moving to the US for a short or long time.
Figure Out Your Living Situation
The first step should be to figure out where you will be living once you arrive in the US. This will likely be determined by how long you plan on staying, where you need or want to live (which city/town), job opportunities, your budget, and if you know anyone in that area. Some of these factors may be more important than others. For example, if you’re being transferred for work then you may have an accommodation budget and the city or town will be pre-determined.
Enroll in English Courses
While the United States is a country where many languages are spoken, English is the most widely used. For that reason, it can be very helpful to at least learn the basics of the language. Straighterline English courses can be taken online from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection and the credits earned can be transferred. This means you could start learning before you even arrive in the US. It’s not just about spoken English; it’s also about improving grammar and writing skills, which can help in terms of communicating with people and excelling in a job. Try coming up with a few tricks of your own from the things you learned in 8th grade.
Step Outside of Your Shell
If you’re an introvert, moving to a different country can be quite scary, and that’s okay. It’s in your nature to want to withdraw, but the fact is that won’t help you to settle in. Now is the time to step outside of your shell, explore your surroundings, meet people and start to build a community for yourself. It will feel intimidating and scary at first for introverts, but you need to push ahead.
If you’re an extrovert, then this move is probably extremely exciting and you’re probably itching to meet new people.
Exploring Isn’t Just for Tourists
Although you’re not a tourist, since you’re actually living in the US, even if for a short time, that doesn’t mean you can’t explore. Go ahead and sign up for those guided tours, learn all about your surroundings, and truly make the most of your time. You may end up knowing more about the city/town than long-time residents do.
Most importantly, you want to familiarize yourself with all the nearby necessities such as shopping, dining, public transportation, and so forth.
So, while it’s normal to feel nervous about your move to the US, these tips will help you to settle in quickly and help you to make the most of your time – whether a short stay or a permanent move.