International Students Archive

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Seeking Recognition is Self-Respect

We are all human beings, seeking responses for our actions. When we don't talk about the progress we've made at a team meeting, the team doesn't respond with an understanding of our humility and recognize the work that's been done.  Instead, we are met with puzzlement, disinterest and distance.  We become invisible.

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What is American Small Talk?

Perhaps one of the most confounding aspects of American culture for international students and professionals is our habit of "small talk". Well, American small talk is not about the conversation's content. Small talk is a way for us to feel comfortable with others when we first meet, to address the awkwardness

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What is Your Vocation?

Have you ever noticed that when you talk about your professional life to others, you talk about your “job”, “how’s your job going?”, “are you looking for a job?”.  I was talking to someone the other day during which she lamented that too many young people are using their college education to

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Dreambridge Partners Cross-Cultural Effectiveness Video

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Dreambridge Partners Corporations Video

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A Point about the Amy Chua Phenomenon…

I think most of us have heard of Amy Chua in the last couple of weeks, made into a phenomenon because of her book on being a Tiger mother and purporting a superior child raising approach that is attributed to an ethnic identify. I must say that I have felt sucked

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Awakening to Our Greatness: In Memoriam

As a child of Chinese immigrants, I know (as do others like me know), that we have been taught to repay our parents' sacrifices with our filial piety, respect and societal success. I would say my father and mother would place "living our life purpose" at the top of the list

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Impatience with Waiting

As I've gathered with my friends, I have come to a place of impatience. Impatience with how so many of us, myself included, have been waiting to live as full a life as possible. It may be the condition of humans. But I do find this affliction more prevalent

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Career Success: I Dare You!

In America, if you want a successful career, you must be willing to recognize your uniqueness and your capability. You must proudly let the world know. Be open to respecting and celebrating all your wonderful accomplishment.

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Helping International Students Acculturate at the Beginning of the Academic Year

As record numbers of international students arrive onto US campuses, I am reminded of how tenuous a time it is for so many students. Arriving in a new country without family, finding and setting up home, becoming functional in a new culture and establishing a foothold in our academic setting --