After the Orientation
Your exchange student has finally arrived! He or she has met the family, toured your home and about town, and registered for classes. After that whirlwind of excitement, things have just begun to settle down – but what now?
Talk to your student. Ask him or her:
What are your goals for the year?
Total language immersion?
A rich cultural experience?
A particular academic study?
Knowing your student’s goals can help you brainstorm ideas for future trips, activities, etc., so your student can make the most out of their time in the U.S.
However, applying your new knowledge can wait for a couple days. Right now is the time to take it easy. Have a quiet night in with board games and a favorite dinner. Your family and your student have just experienced a huge change, so allow everyone time to recover before launching into the next big adventure.
The period right after move-in may be hectic, but keep in mind these tips and your student will feel at home in no time.