Things you may want to know about America

Probably the last post before I leave America, so here goes nothing:

  1. Not all Americans are racist. Some are genuinely interested in people from other countries. Some are sheltered so much they just don’t know how you wish to be treated as a foreigner.
  2. Eventually you’ll run into racist people. Ignore them, they won’t listen to lectures unless they are good people.
  3. Everything with cinnamon is Mexican, so says American restaurants.
  4. Hamburgers and hot-dogs are not all the food they have in America. They have food from every corner of the world, if you know where to look.
  5. Not all Americans are fat.
  6. Like every other place, there are crazy people in America.
  7. Don’t comment on other people’s appearance.
  8. They have a term for everything and get easily offended on sometimes harmless remarks.
  9. It’s a first world country but internet is so damn expensive.
  10. Food is also very expensive compared to other countries.
  11. The high schools are not like Mean Girls. They aren’t like High School Musical either.
  12. Be outgoing. Or at least pretend to be.
  13. America is a big country, so people on the east coast and west coast are totally different.
  14. Don’t get angry when people think everything from Asia is Chinese.
  15. A lot of people only speak one language. Maybe a little Spanish in High school.
  16. According to my European friends, public transportation isn’t as good in America. According to me, at least they don’t have crazy bus drivers who think they are the star of Fast and Furious.
  17. How to be a nice person? Be talkative.
  18. Some people think everybody in the world speaks perfect English. That doesn’t stop them from trying to understand you if you don’t.
  19. If you do speak good English, they think you’re American.
  20. Some people express their love for America in strange ways.
  21. For some, the Civil War is not over yet.
  22. If you don’t like the same thing they like, they’ll think there’s something wrong with you. Seriously, I told them I don’t like salty bacons and they think I’m sick or something. I don’t have to be like you, okay? The world doesn’t revolve around you.
  23. They offer good courses in school. Take them if you have the chance.
  24. Everything with soy sauce in it is Asian, so says American brands.
  25. If you are a foreigner, you do not have to put your hand on your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Standing up and showing respect is enough.
  26. Same applies for the National Anthem.
  27. In a modern American household, you don’t have to do anything by hand except for cleaning the bathroom.
  28. School work is easy.
  29. If you’re from India, you’re not Asian. You’re Indian. So say my friends.
  30. Star Wars is everywhere.
  31. Zoning law requires all houses to look pretty much…the same.
  32. You can be 15 and drive, so be careful crossing the streets.
  33. BBQ. Everywhere.
  34. America is weird, like every other country. Let’s say people are weird.
  35. Texas is part of America. It was independent for a while but not anymore.
  36. California is not perfect.
  37. People are scared of Muslims, but don’t worry, many are very understanding.
  38. Yes, people do have guns in their homes.
  39. Obesity IS a problem. There are many kinds of obesity and some of them have it since birth, which isn’t really their fault.
  40. Eating disorders are a problem too. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, you name it.
  41. Be aware that school shootings is not something that can’t happen to you.
  42. Some think global warming is a myth, same as WWII. Your breakfast was a myth, then.
  43. In some states, the military do recruits in school. They get very special recognition from the general public.
  44. America is not perfect.


That’s what I can come up with for now. Exchange students have a huge love for America and their states but the same doesn’t really apply to me. (I do live in Idaho. Until the end of the month, anyway.) America is an interesting country, being the fiery young nation armed with ideals and a bucket-load of different cultures. If you plan on coming either for education, tourism, or work, I’d say…just have fun looking at all the strange stuff around you.

So long, US. I don’t know if I’ll miss you but you did give me a good time.

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