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Arrival to US is virtually the beginning of a new life for you. There are so many new things for you to learn. These include such everyday activities as shopping, opening bank account, etc as well as more difficult and requiring time to adjust aspects as making friends with Americans, understanding different types of relationships in America, sexual harassment and other unusual things which are attributed to cultural differences.
Some interesting aspects are discussed here (in Russian)
Here are the links to some interesting and informative handbooks for international students prepared by American universities (check your university International Students Center web-site for similar guides):
Standard American Diet (SAD)
Please Do Not skip this section. You
are now probably thinking that you have never cared about your diet and
why should you now. The point is if you are moving to US from European
or Eastern countries and have never cared about your diet you are very
likely to gain weight. Remember, even though American food might often
look and taste like food in your native countries - it's often not the
same, it often has a lot of unnecessary preservatives, sugars, and taste
enhancing agents. Have you ever seen butter, sour cream or yogurt having
15 ingredients in your native country? Well, you will in US. All of you
are smart people so please also be smart in the aspect of food choices
do not go for the cheapest food, read labels, don't turn your diet into
SAD (Standard American Diet, an article about SAD).
Shopping, Internet Deals
All the information about local shopping you
are going to find out from you new university friends.
For good deals on computers and other electronics check www.ubid.com
My favorite website for finding different internet coupons is www.savings-center.com
Community Events, Libraries, etc.
I would like to draw your attention to public libraries. If you are coming with a spouse who won't have excess to your university library they are sure to like local public libraries. This libraries are absolutely free, you need just a proof of your address to register (at least where I live) and they have so many good things: magazines, video tapes, music, preparation guides for TOEFL and GRE, different study aids for learning English, free internet and much more.