New Delhi: If Hollywood films have shaped your idea of the United States, wipe out all that and get ready to face a culture shock and differences in academic and social environment there.
This was the message by American officials to a group of students headed to the US for higher studies at a seminar organised by United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).
Addressing the seminar, David Mees, Cultural Attache of the US Embassy here, asked them to wipe off any misconception about the country which they might have developed through Hollywood films.
"Sometimes people are afraid because of what they have seen in Hollywood films. Just remember that that is not the reality. The reality in America will largely be what you make of it: keep an open mind, see the best in people and show the best in yourself," he said.
Talking about culture shock, he said one might face culture shock there like some Americans believe Indians travel on elephants and they would laugh when you say you will do "the needful" or you mention your "aunty" -- as they just don't use these words.
"The important thing is to recognise it: Oh yes, it is just culture shock... This too will pass," he said.
First Published: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 22:54