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Moving To The U.S.: Expectations Vs Reality

Blame Hollywood.

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Family – Expectations:

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A mom, a dad, at least four children, two dogs, a well maintained lawn and a big garage.

As misguided by: The Brady Bunch, 7th Heaven, Full House, Malcom in the Middle, Brothers and Sisters, Parenthood...

Work – Expectations:

Extremely corporate, high pressure, high-paced, glamorous, and very important. It also requires being able to run through traffic with several cups of coffee in your hands.

As misguided by: The Proposal, The Devil Wears Prada, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and pretty much any movie set in a big city work environment.

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Love/dating – Expectations:

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America is a cesspool of love and sex where literally hundreds of people are waiting to ask you out at any spontaneous moment in your life.

As misguided by: Sex and the City, The Mindy Project, and literally any RomCom.

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Traveling – Expectations:

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You'll travel the country in vintage convertibles, with all your best friends, singing along the entire way, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.

As misguided by: Crossroads, Thelma and Louise, Friends, The Hangover, Almost Famous...

Traveling – Reality:

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If you're lucky enough to have a car, or cool friends who have parents who'll let you drive a car, you'll spend most of your time sleeping, arguing, and desperately looking for a good radio channel.

Now, if you DON'T have a car, there's Greyhound. It'll take you almost everywhere. You'll just have to sit next a sweaty, smelly man who just LOVES air-drumming.

Fashion – Reality:

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There's obviously a diversity of trends and formalities nationwide, but the one unifying and mystifying American trend seems to be yoga pants. They can be high and low fashion, dressed up or down.

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High school – Expectations:

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Everyone's neatly separated into a clique. There is a hierarchy and cliques don't interact.

As misguided by: The Breakfast Club, Heathers, Mean Girls, Clueless, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The OC, My So-Called Life...

High school – Reality:

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Sure — cliques can naturally form to interests, and some stereotypical, but there is so much mobility and interactions between them, because of course, lol. Blame Hollywood.

College – Expectations:

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Nonstop partying, a lot of solo red cups, life-endangering drunk chaos, bodies flying off balcony: a horny human zoo.

As misguided by: Legally Blonde, Animal House, Old School, Neighbors, Project X...

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Fears – Expectations:

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There is a serial killer lurking at every street corner, waiting for you, armed with a gun and really bad mommy issues.

As misguided by: The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Zodiac, Criminal Minds, American Psycho, Dexter, and about a hundred other movies and TV shows.

The American Dream – Reality:

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Difficult but still possible. Anything is possible in this country. Like Ron Swanson once said: "The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a heart attack at 43, you can. To me, that is beautiful."