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   Your interaction with other people is an integral part of your college life in the United States. To make the most of it, get ready to introduce yourself in a positive way to fellow students, professors, and other people both on- and off-campus.
  One of your first introductions to social life on a U.S. campus will most likely be "The International Student Orientation Program," traditionally coordinated by the Admissions Office or the Office of International Programs. Orientation varies greatly from school to school, though the objectives are similar: to introduce the new non-U.S. students to each other, and to prepare you for campus life.
   Many times, topics include immigration, academic advisors, computer and library resources, telephone services, public safety, medical services, banking options and department store shuttles so students can purchase items they need. During orientation, students often learn of upcoming activities such as trips to local points of attraction.
  U.S. college and university campuses abound with activities designed to foster friendships. Many schools designate a "Student Activities Center" where you may learn of different options, such as student government, the newspaper staff, outdoor club, chorus, dance, and a number of athletic teams. Explore which ones may suit you best!
  One international student descris be his experiences: "I've made some great American friends on- and off-campus, as well as friends from all over the world; they have taught me a lot. For example, last December, some American friends invited me out into the woods to help cut down their Christmas tree -- I had never done anything like that before!"
  "When I meet new people, they're always interested to know what it's really like in Jamaica. That has made me think about my own country, so I could share more information with them. If I never left home, I would not need to consider these things. So in many ways, a U.S. education means much more than sitting in a classroom and studying for a degree."
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