“If you can make it here…”: Culture shock and international students

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Welcome to JFK! (CC0 image via Wikimedia)

Contributed by: Lebogang Matome, a student in the Touro Graduate School of Business class of 2017, working towards her M.S. in International Business & Finance.

From home America, was a dream. Being awarded an opportunity to come study in America, one can only dream of and plan all the places that they want to see, in New York particularly. What a bonus to come to NYC I thought, hoping to see all those places where some of my favorite movies and reality shows where based. I had expectations of celebrities on every corner and paparazzi everywhere, with the thought of photo bombing a celebrity. It’s a place where one is given the impression that money could actually be growing in trees. It seemed that everyone who lives in New York must be a celebrity with a luxurious life, and every day is a holiday, and every time you are sad, by some coincidence it will start raining while you are walking to catch a taxi and a soundtrack will come on. But then you arrive and finally get to discover that Hollywood is in another part of America, far from New York. Continue reading

The Streets of New York

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(Photo by Matt H. Wade )

New York City Streets are rich with history.  Two of the most famous streets in New York City are Broadway and Wall Street.  Broadway is best known for the theater district, bright with lights and marquees, advertising the dozens of shows currently playing.  Wall Street is associated with money, the financial district, and the New York Stock Exchange.  But have you ever thought about the humble beginnings of these famous New York City Streets? Continue reading