So, you have made the decision to go study in a US High School. Congratulations!
Are you excited? What a fantastic adventure it will be!
This is a chance to not only widen your education, but it will also be an enriching experience to gain an appreciation of different cultural perspectives and values. High school education for international students will help strengthen you academically and really prepare you for studying at US universities, too!
But …before you pack your bags, take a moment to learn what mistakes to avoid when studying at a US high school once you get there! Here are some common mistakes made by international students, when they become high school students in the US:
Teachers in the US really expect students to participate actively in class discussions. They want to hear your opinions, to show that you are developing critical thinking skills.
What are critical thinking skills?
Basically, this means you develop the ability to analyze and evaluate abstract concepts which you will then use when you write essays and other assignments. Thinking independently is really valued in the US school system, and teachers really want you to express your unique point of view.
So be confident – raise your hand and speak up!
I know it is so much easier to hang out with your friends from your home country who speak the same language as you, but seriously….
Practice your English!
That’s one of the main reasons to go to a US high school, and it so easy to just stay in your little group with your “besties” and not make an effort.
Are you a leader or a follower?
Remember, any evidence that you have been a leader in school is really also valued for your university application. So, the benefits are endless.
So, as you pack your suitcase and get ready to start your new school in the United States,
keep in mind all of these suggestions. This is a sure way to get the most out of your time at a US high school.