You’re moving to the United States to be closer to your family. Perhaps your spouse already immigrated there, or you have other family ties. You’re going to be joining them soon.
You are excited about this because you want to be with your family, but you also feel a bit nervous because you know it’s going to be a big change. The following tips can help you adjust so that this goes smoothly:
Don’t shy away from small talk
Small talk may seem useless or maybe even make you nervous, but it’s actually a very important process. Simply by chatting with people, you get a sense of their culture, you get to practice your English and you make new friends and acquaintances.
Embrace the new food
There’s nothing wrong with continuing to eat the food from your home country, of course, but take chances to go out and eat American food, as well. In all countries, the ideas of food and culture are closely tied to one another, so this can be a good doorway to help you feel more involved in the country.
Keep an open mind
Changes are going to happen, and you need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude so that you can be ready to embrace these. It is harder to get used to living in the U.S. if you’re constantly pushing back against this process. Again, there’s nothing wrong with retaining your own cultural heritage, but America is called a melting pot for a reason, and there are many different cultures here. The more you can learn about them, the more you’ll feel part of this country.
These tips can help, and it’s also important to know what steps to take with officially immigrating to the U.S.