Accent of Success, The: A Practical Guide for International Students

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9780130866172: Accent of Success, The: A Practical Guide for International Students

With the population of international and immigrant students in the United States on the rise, The Accent of Success is a timely complement in helping students adjust to the academic and social environment of American colleges and universities. A first of its kind, The Accent of Success is based on psychological theories and research. The authors not only have demonstrated their knowledge of the American system of higher education and opportunities that international students have in the United States, but also have presented anecdotal, empirical, and theoretical evidence of various factors that stand to either impede or facilitate student adjustment and, thus, academic success, all the while making the information accessible to the students on a practical level.The Accent of Successoffers: *Real world perspectives of what international students can expect to experience in their pursuit of higher education in the United States *Accurate information related to obtaining visas, entering the United States, and maintaining legal status *An effective resource to deal with issues related to cultural adjustment for international students *Realistic presentations of important cultural aspects of American life *Useful overviews and descriptions of the system of higher education in the United States.

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Preface

In a way, we are all strangers. Very few of us stay in one place. We all come from somewhere. We move looking for knowledge, better lives, better opportunities, and new challenges. We are searching for peace, love, happiness, and freedom. We want to travel and explore. We try to find professions and occupations suited for our needs, skills, and talents. No matter what makes and motivates you to study in the United States—a long-planned and awaited journey or a sudden occasion—you are taking a decisive step in your life.

To be successful in college is not easy. It is especially tough if you are new to this country. The language, the customs, the rules, the weather—everything could become a new hurdle for you. There are many questions that can confuse any student. What is the correct visa? How do I choose the right college? What is the right program for me? How do I take notes in class? How do I get help? What shall I watch on television? How can I remain optimistic? This book addresses these and many other questions and problems that almost every foreign student will face on a college campus.

This book will help you overcome the initial myths and fears related to visas and will help you understand higher education in the United States. It also advises how to plan your day and how to get the most from the printed sources around you. It discusses how to organize your semester, make appointments, and plan ahead. It gives tips on how and where to talk to your professor. It trains you in productive note taking and essay writing. The book provides you with basic tools of critical thinking. It shows how to use American television, newspapers, and the Internet more effectively for your education. It will help you to understand American customs. From this book you will learn more about American conversations and greetings, celebrations and holidays, eating habits and shopping.

Once you make the decision to study in the United States, you will find that many advisors will emerge who have your best interests at heart. Listen to their advice, but make sure that you base your decisions on solid evidence. Let your decisions be informed by your own careful research. Once you have made a commitment to an institution, you should follow the process that the school presents to you and be timely in meeting your deadlines. Once you arrive in the United States, take advantage of the resources available at your college or university.

A companion website is available for this book: prenhall/success

Throughout this book, the web symbol, at left, will indicate when topics are explored in more detail on the website.

We hope this book will steer you in the right directions. Remember that this will be a unique opportunity, so take responsibility for making it a productive and positive one. Good luck in your journey! A note for students and advisors

Advising students in the area of visas related to education is a complicated process. People who are not qualified to give advice in this area often give students conflicting or confusing information. The Foreign Student Advisor at the school you attend should be fully trained, and you should follow his or her advice.

A professional association represents advisors; it is called the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA). This organization provides information, training, and resources for Foreign Student Advisors. Much of what is presented in this book that is related to visas was either directly or indirectly influenced by the NAFSA Manual and the U.S. Department of State Code of Federal Regulations. Information about NAFSA can be found on the Internet at nafsa.

Remember, however, that ultimately the U.S. Department of State issues visas and the Immigration and Naturalization Service grants status and permits entry into the United States. It is their rules and regulations to which we must adhere. Acknowledgments

The authors would like to acknowledge the following people for their contributions to this textbook. In particular, we would like to thank Thomas Butler, John Ehle, Barbara Saperstone, Jeanne Morse, and Belle Wheelan, for their relentless support of a multicultural educational environment and our professional efforts. For help in the development of this book the authors would like to acknowledge Mary O'Neill and Kathy Lloyd, who have collaborated with us many times and have given us valuable advice on various topics. Many thanks go to our NVCC colleagues Florine Greenberg, Don Devers, Maurice L'Heureux, Elizabeth Tebow, Michelle Lewis, and Pam Stewart. We would also like to show appreciation to Mary Brooks (Eastern Washington University), Allison Rice (Hunter College), Dave Sperling (ESLcafe), Herbert Pierson (St. John's University), and Sergei Tsytsarev (Hofstra University) for their important contributions and insights. We gratefully acknowledge the helpful advice of David Levy (Pepperdine University) and Cheryl Koopman (Stanford University). A special note of appreciation is due to Michelle Williams and Sande Johnson at Prentice Hall, Gay Pauley at Holcomb Hathaway, and Sue Bierman for their professionalism and personal courtesy. DEDICATION

To John and Judy Ehle,
Maria Grieg, Patricia Beckett, and Kay Haverkamp,
who opened doors for us.

Review:

"I have been reading Dr. Shiraev's books for a number of years, and I must admit that he always impresses me with the variety of practical assignments, interviews, questions, etc., that substantially enhance understanding of his texts as well as encourage students to read them very carefully...This The Accent of Success will be a true guidebook for thousands of students who are likely to be confused during the first weeks or months of their stay in the USA."—Sergei Tsytsarev, Ph.D., Hofstra University

"An outstanding guide to help students understand what they are experiencing, as well as how to overcome these seemingly hopeless problems and difficulties. The tone, in fact, demonstrates that the author (an immigrant himself) has a lot of empathy for what the students are currently experiencing."—Dave Sperling, ESLcafe.com

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