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Five truths about life in the USA that will turn your mind

When moving to America, be prepared to enter a different world with new rules, they told me before leaving. And they were right. After living in the USA for several years, my opinion has changed dramatically on many issues. Of course, “white” did not become “black,” but it took me a long time to get used to certain moments.

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  1. Family roles can be shifted

We are accustomed to the fact that in the CIS countries it is considered a normal situation when a man, the breadwinner, works, and a woman, the keeper of the hearth, takes care of the house and raising children. If a woman cannot imagine her life without work, she goes to work along with her husband, and the children go under the care of their grandparents or are sent to kindergarten. A man staying at home with his children while his wife earns money is shameful and disgraceful.

In America, such a story is considered to be absolutely normal: no one would be surprised or chew on the “householder”, calling him a dependent. In most cases. The partners just agreed among themselves that now she is building a career, and he is doing no less important things - looking after the children. It is also possible that the woman is simply better at earning money, or maybe she just recently received an offer that she couldn’t help but accept.

The story is also popular in America when a woman works “for two” while her husband studies, since combining study and full-time work is almost impossible.

2. The key to success is long-term planning

Americans do not make plans for the month, they immediately reflect on what they will do during the whole year: where they will go, what they will buy, which doctors they will go to. Employed officially understand how much money they will receive for this year and can decide how to spend it. Otherwise, it is impossible here, since the average US citizen has a lot of expenses for a year, which must be “scattered” in his budget.

Important events like anniversaries and weddings are planned for a year or for several years. The appearance of children also often does not occur spontaneously. Although each family (depending on its income and place of residence) has its own nuances.

That is why most of the inhabitants of megalopolises can not imagine their life without a diary, in which even the most insignificant things can be recorded.

3. You can look whatever you like, if you feel so comfortable.

Tattoos, colored hair, piercings, unusual clothes - all this is found not only among American teenagers, but also among quite mature people. No one is embarrassed to look the way he or she wants.

It's not just about clothes and appearance, but also about weight. Sometimes it seems that overweight people do not have a complex, but are proud of their kilograms, dressing in tight outfits. Ultra-short shorts on a lady size XXXL are a common occurrence in the United States, unlike Russia or Ukraine, where a curvaceous woman will most likely not even look at such clothes, because she will be ashamed to go out.

And the best part is that American women of fashion with a magnificent body can buy the same clothes as thin ones, because almost all brands usually offer wide size rulers.

4. Living on credit is not a shame

The life of Americans always revolves around credit rating. It must be high in order for a person to be able to apply for the bank’s money - eventually take out a mortgage, buy a car or ask for a loan to open a business. To do this, a resident of the United States needs to open credit cards in any case and use them correctly so that they can see in a bank that a person can be trusted.

No credit rating - you won't even be able to get a new one iPhone by installments. Not to mention large purchases.

In fact, people often become hostage to loans and spend much more than they can afford, purchasing expensive things, equipment and cars that they cannot afford, but in most cases, a loan is an opportunity to realize their dreams. For example, to pay tuition at the university, then to find a high-paying job and live happily ever after.

5. Networking is more important than your experience

You may have an honors degree from Ivy League University, extensive experience in a company from F and an ideal knowledge of the market, but if you cannot tell a potential employer, or at least a friend of this employer, about this, consider that you have nothing.

Modesty is something of a vice in America. Here you need to be able to present yourself and not be afraid to meet people. With people of any status and anywhere. Especially if you are applying for a job in a field where there is a lot of communication involved.

Remember, a lot of fateful dating occurred in places that were not intended for this at all.

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