Be a Good Representative
Regardless of how you personally identify yourself, it is important to understand that while you are abroad you are an ambassador representing both the United States and GVSU. Individuals from the host country may use you as an example of U.S. culture in general and GVSU students in particular. They may make judgements about U.S. social and professional etiquette. It is important to be respectful and act accordingly at all times. Your actions, both positive and negative, are likely to have long-term repercussions for GVSU and future participants.
Tips for making a good impression
One last tip
Be well informed about the current events happening in the U.S., in Michigan, and even in your hometown. As you meet new acquaintances and make friends, you will be asked about a variety of issues related to U.S. culture, politics, history, geography, and social environments. Educating yourself about U.S policies and cultural news will enable you to speak eloquently about complex and sometimes controversial topics. This dialogue and exchange will inevitably enhance and enrich your experience and deepen your friendships.
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