21 Ways You Know You Are An International Student

In the wise words of Pitbull, “Ohhhhh, it’s international love”.

1. Your math skills have automatically improved because you’re used to calculating time difference, Celsius to Fahrenheit and currency conversion

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2. The look on people’s faces when they hear you talking to your parents is priceless

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3. You never learned to do regular chores, like laundry, cooking or ironing

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4. You don’t understand why you can’t jaywalk

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5. Or why nothing is open past midnight

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6. You will never understand why having air conditioning isn’t a universal human right

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7. WhatsApp is a religion

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8. You get disproportionately excited when you meet someone from the same country as you

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9. You learn to accommodate for the fact that your hair dries differently in different countries

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10. You miss having been “legal” for 6 years when you first get to college. What is the law?

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11. You’ve mastered the smuggling of home food across customs, because you’re slick like that

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12. You’ve been graded down for spelling the British way instead of the American way (or vice versa)

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13. When you went to your first frat party/club and witnessed American “dancing” for the first time, this is what you saw:

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14. Due to time difference, your parents call you exclusively when you are already out partying

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15. You blamed America’s obesity on their huge portion sizes

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16. …until you learned to conquer them in one sitting.

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17. The image everyone else has of your country is 99% inaccurate

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18. You’re the only person in town during Thanksgiving

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19. You hear people complaining about traveling, and think to yourself “12 hour flight? Only?”

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20. You’re used to your mandatory biannual jet-lag

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21. But at the end of the day, you realize it’s a small world after all.

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