On Friday, I led an International Discussion Forum on Randy’s Last Lecture at U. of Pennsylvania, sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship, and Intercultural Friends. Note: Discussion questions posted here in PDF.
Afterward, there was an opportunity for participants to offer suggestions for future topics. The international students in my discussion group desired an introduction to the practical elements of navigating American culture, one significant area being the management of money while studying in the U.S.
If you have suggestions of web resources/links on this topic or some helpful tips, please post them here. To get us started below are some excellent resources from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s International Student Ministry:
- Religion in the US
- Holidays. Related: American Holidays available here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
- American Hospitality/Friendship
- The U Curve is a useful tool to help navigate the culture shock and swings that come from leaving one culture and entering another.
- Devotionals and booklets for returning home.
Update: 8/22/2014 (11:40 am, 5:20 pm)