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SURVIVE AND THRIVE: The International Student’s Guide to Succeeding in the U.S.

There has been a remarkable explosion in the numbers of international students coming to the U.S. for educational purposes. While the U.S. has been a popular destination for foreign nationals to come for their university experience, the most notable increase has been students coming for one or all of their high school years in preparation for getting into the university of their choice.

Survive and Thrive: The International Student’s Guide to Succeeding in the U.S. tackles the most common challenges international students face in their transition to the U.S. for high school and/or university and gives them strategies for overcoming them. This is a guide book that helps these students understand what takes place in transition and gives them the tools and strategies they need to not only survive but to thrive in the adjustment. Parents will appreciate the chapter dedicated to how they can come alongside their students, prepare them for the journey and support them throughout this major transition as well as a chapter to help their student deal with re-entry.

  • Preparing to leave
  • Understanding the stages of the transition cycle
  • Dealing with culture shock
  • Understanding American culture
  • Making friends with Americans and other internationals
  • Confronting academic challenges
  • Staying safe and healthy
  • Issues of re-entry
  • Understanding what American universities are looking for
  • Challenges of living as an independent adult at university
  • Chapter for parents to prepare and support their student in this exciting adventure

Praise for "Survive and Thrive"

I recommend Tina Quick’s Survive and Thrive: The International Student’s Guide to Succeeding in the U.S. wholeheartedly. Much of the explosion in global interest in attending schools and colleges in the States results from successful recruitment and applications. Yet, until now, few have focused on the more critical part of the equation: how to ensure that these international students grow, engage, and thrive academically, socially, and culturally once they arrive on campus. This book takes that need head-on with advice that melds theoretical, philosophical, and practical in a way that will help every student seeking exposure to the American educational system. Don’t leave your home country without reading this book! And admissions counselors in every school, college, and university seeking students from abroad need to read it as well—twice!

Mark H. Sklarow, Chief Executive Officer
Independent Educational Consultants Association

Filling a gap in existing literature that mostly addresses practical and academic concerns of international students, this book is an excellent resource for the many emotional, psychological, and cross-cultural challenges international students face. Chief among its strengths are the chapters with advice for parents; advice for younger students who come to the U.S. during their high school years; timely information on such topics as LGBT matters, mental health issues, date rape; an examination of re-entry challenges; and the advice for Third Culture Kids/Global Nomads. It will be to every international student’s advantage to carry a well-thumbed copy of this guide.

Tamara Felden, PhD, Director
Office of International Affairs and Assoc. Dean of Students
The University of Chicago

From what to pack until the sex-drugs-and-rock-’n-roll campus lifestyle, Tina touches on all—and even more!—aspects of the life of kids from abroad studying in the U.S.A., and gives a lot of food for thought. Based on serious research and deep experience, this book is full of practical tips and solid references, and can be used as an extensive check-list. It should be a pre-requisite to all of those considering this adventure!

Catherine M. Mathieu, Coordinator
World Bank Group Family Network

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