Before you leave for the US, it is a good idea to do some background research and find out many of the practical things that you need to know before you arrive. Your transition will be much easier if you make sure you know how things like telephones, banking and transportation work in advance.
It is also a good idea to have conversations with other students you may know who have had experience with colleges in the USA and with American culture; they may have insights or special tips from their own time in the US.
It is a great idea to stock up on items like your favorite memorabilia, photographs, music, books, television and artwork from your home-country. Some of your favorite things may not be available in the US. It may also be worthwhile to arrange for friends or family to send you particular items periodically during your time away. But be sure to check US customs regulations: there are restrictions on what can and can't be brought into the country, particularly in terms of any food items.
Finally, try to arrange to be able to stay in touch with friends and family as much as you can while you are away. Their support may be your best defense against homesickness and the downsides of culture shock.
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