7 Things International Students Wish They Had Known When They Got to Seattle


Everything can be so unfamiliar when you arrive to a new place. International Student Orientation will start on September 14, 2015 but that’s not the first day of class. There are plenty of things you can still do to get adjusted before class starts in September 23, 2015.

1.When you arrive in Seattle, you can still enjoy some beautiful weather, so take advantage of Sunny Seattle before Cloudy Seattle comes back. You can go to places around Seattle such as Green Lake, Carkeek Park, or even Snoqualmie Falls.


2. Learning how to cook would be a great idea too. Since you’re moving out of your parents’ house, no one will cook for you anymore. Eating in restaurants is not cheap in the U.S., so learning how to cook will save you a lot of money. But cooking is not just about making food to keep you from getting hungry; it’s also about staying healthy. If you look terrible, you’re never going to find a girl- and/or boyfriend.

DSC_00103.When you were a kid, you might have thought that finishing high school would be the end of your time doing homework and sitting in classes. But finishing high school is the beginning of it. Back when you were in high school, you go to school for nine hours a day for five days in a week and you have to study six subjects in a day.

Now that you’re in college, your class schedule might be a little looser, but it is a lot busier. There are so many things to learn and things to do on your own. You have to be able to manage your time and keep school as your top priority. Each morning when I get up, I make a list of all the things I need to do that day—that way, I can organize my time to make sure that I accomplish everything I need to. Also, coffee is your friend.



4.Your grades are very important. Do not underestimate the value of your GPA. When you’re planning to transfer to a four-year university, your GPA will be one of the main things that universities consider.

DSC_08565.Textbooks for classes are sometimes very expensive, especially for science classes. One way to save some money is by buying used books online on Amazon or eBay. You can also rent books from online stores.


6.Don’t be surprised by the fact that you have to use public transportation to go everywhere, unless you buy a car right away. Public transportation can be scary for people who are not used to it—it can be especially scary at night.

But it can teach you to be punctual. In some cultures, being right on schedule is not very important. In America, though, and especially for classes, you need to be on time. By riding public transportation, you will learn how, because the bus runs on a schedule and they won’t change it for you.

7.For students who wear contact lenses, it is probably better to buy your contacts at your home country. It takes so many steps to buy contact lenses in the U.S. because you need a prescription form a doctor to buy them.

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