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For International Students, What Does “Mingling” Really Mean?

January 14, 2015 8:55 pm | By IntroAmerica

For many foreign students in the U.S., the No.1 goal to achieve (in addition to excellent academic performance) is probably to mingle with the natives.

Frankly speaking, adapting to American culture isn’t easy for people who come from a very different cultural background — say if you grew up in China where conformism is preferred to individualism. However, this doesn’t prevent international students from blending into the so-called mainstream American culture, which was demonstrated on tv shows and American films. To many, this means joining all sorts of parties, students clubs, fraternities or sororities.

The truth is, however, according to this article, America doesn’t necessarily have a mainstream culture. So what happens next? What is really the right way to mingle with the natives?

This article sheds some light on this issue and offers a completely different perspective. To read the article in full length, you may visit: