The Immigrant Academy Blog
Helpful resources and information for aspiring immigrants, new arrivals, and community building.
Americans love making small talk. They’re the masters at it. I know it doesn’t come easy to immigrants who are still getting used to this American culture. But with practice, you’ll get a hang of it. Also, you have to be mindful of the topics that are sensitive and borderline controversial. Over the years, I’ve kinda made a note of all the topics that make great small talk material which is both engaging and non-offensive.
Starting a conversation with a new person altogether doesn’t come easy to a lotta people. I had vocab and accent barriers when I started engaging with locals in the US. Then I also learnt that most Americans and raised to be vocal and confident and have no qualms walking up to a perfect stranger and starting a conversation. If it were me I would be rehearsing my lines in my head, sweating my palms and over-thinking my pronunciation(immigrant problems). So here I am, sharing my tried, tested and proven methods to freely make conversation in any setup with anyone.
In 2020 the term ‘Arranged Marriage’ started trending, thanks to the Netflix special ‘Indian Matchmaking’. Before this happened, I had the opportunity to chat with Erica Arsenault on her podcast called ‘The Rising’. In this podcast episode, I share my Arranged Marriage story and my first thoughts after I moved to America. /p>
When you were new to the USA, did you have a hard time figuring out the different accents, phrases, and meanings when the American locals spoke to you? I asked this question on my Instagram page and friends at Homeis out of curiosity. Because I sure can’t be the only one! Most South Asians who moved to the US have studied in English medium schools,
Now, I don’t know about you girl, but I was going crazy sitting at home not having a job and living off my husband’s paycheck.
Not everyone gets a work permit immediately, but at some point in time, when you get that opportunity, I want you to be fully prepared, equipped and ready to join the workforce. I scanned, researched and spoke to a lot of Desi Americans before I could decide my options of employability in the US.
If you’ve decided to make the move to America or you’re brand new to the west, read along. Consider these 7 basic comandaments to follow and keep in mind. I’ll keep adding more tips and tricks or you to feel at ease in the American land. Until then, follow these 7 rules and you should be set to get started 🙂
Here are 10 passive ways that allow you to earn extra income on H1B that don’t require your full time and attention
Volunteering is one of the best ways to learn, understand & get to know your local community. You’ll understand the local culture, etiquette, language & meet new people.
Microaggression is a type of racism that pops up in day-to-day interactions. The weirdest part of microaggressions is that – the person blurting these lines may not…
The wait for an EAD will test your patience, your confidence and will power. Since it’s something beyond our control, why not treat this much deserved break as a welcome change and challenge. It’s our time to learn and embrace…
8 tried and tested ways to find like minded people and make new friends in a new city as an Immigrant..
Networking is one of the most emphasized and need-of-the-hour skill to have in a new country. Back home, networking and socializing were comparatively easy and not necessarily scary.
Leaving one’s home country, family and job leads to anxiety and uncertainty for the longest time. This decline in the mental health of immigrants is way more than the depression levels of those living in the nation of origin
Moving to the States, starting a new life, making lots of new friends, trying out different cuisines, and travelling places were on my mind like most of you.
6 not so easy ways to start earning some income while on H4 visa that will help you develop your skills and feel resourceful. But be careful.