Accents, Starbucks, and a Love for Burgers; An International Perspective on Living in the U.S.
By Yuka Adachi ’17: Marketing and Human Resource Management
Own Your Accent and Name
It is hard for international students to not have accents. It is not just about if we can speak English or not. We just keep the accent with us the rest of our life regardless if we speak perfect English. When does our accent give us a hard time? I would say it is very hard to communicate over the phone. Occasionally, I had a hard time understanding customer service when I came to the United States. Whenever we could not understand each other on a phone, I just hung up and wrote down what I’m going to say and called again. The customer service must have hated me for hanging up the phone without saying anything, but that was the solution when the conversation went wrong. What I found as a tip is “talk simple.” On a phone, you want to talk more to explain the situation however, the more you talk, the more complicated to the listener (receiver). My tip is that you always talk “straight to the point.”
Funny stories often happen when they spell non-American names on your drink from Starbucks. It is kind of our fun time to see if they can spell our name correctly. We could tell them the spelling, but it is more interesting for us to just tell them our name and see what comes out. I heard that Starbucks misspell your name for the marketing purpose. However, for the international names they cannot avoid being wrong.
A Taste of the U.S.
After living in the U.S. for several years, I have found and tried new restaurants and food to eat! The list of my favorite U.S. restaurants and food includes:
- Taco Bell
- Pecan pie
- Peanut butter
- Blue berry cupcakes
I encourage everyone to try all sorts of new foods and restaurants; whether you’re an international student or not. Stepping out of your comfort zone helps you reach new heights and can help you expand your perspective. Plus, you will never know when you will find your new favorite food or restaurant.
A Craving for Burgers
We think that burgers should not be your favorite food because it’s a high calories and unhealthy. Then why are there burger restaurants at every corner in the U.S.? The truth is, everyone has this insensible craving for hamburgers! I had never pictured myself craving burger and fries, but after spending a few years in the U.S., I realized that there are some days I really want to eat a burger and fries. A burger, fries, and a Coke-Cola drink together is just perfect. I know a couple people had the same experience like me. Once you get used to eat burgers, you just start liking it. We may have to admit that burgers can be liked internationally, and believe it or not, it can be the people’s most favorite food in the U.S.
These are just some of the many fascinating moments that I have about living the United States! I hope all of my fellow international Purple Raiders have an incredible American college experience just like me.