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Making life simplified for International and Exchange Students in the USA

Monday, September 27th, 2010


I hope you are enjoying your week and off to a great start.

Some month ago, I had the pleasure to be interviewed by France 5, a French National TV Network.

They were filming one of their most famous documentaries called “Echappées Belles” in California. The documentary consists of several French people who spoke about their American dreams and their experiences in California.

In the video below, I talk about my American Dream. I explained that I left my corporate job at HP France to move to Los Angeles as an international student. I wanted to improve my English language skills, learn about the American way of doing business and eventually start my own. More importantly, I was in search of making meaningful changes in my life in order to add value to my own existence while possibly making a positive difference in the lives of others.

I also mentionned the company that I founded, “U in the USA”, which simplifies international students’ and foreign exchange visitors’ lives, helps them interact more effectively with Americans, and assists them in achieving their goals.  We encourage our students to take advantage of our services to create connections and even make lifelong friends.

I thank you for allowing me to enhance your American experience.

Enjoy the video.

Jean-Marc Dedeyne

What do you think about my French accent?

How to succeed as International Students in the USA?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Good-bye, summer — hello, school! The 2010-11 academic school year kicks off this week for most area schools.

Thousands of you from across the globe are traveling or returning to America in order to attend college or do internships. Congratulations on your achievements and first steps.

In the weeks and months to come, you will  experience a wide variety of both encouraging and negative feelings, such as excitement, surprise, happiness, loss of identity, anxiety, disorientation and confusion, while facing language, academic and integration challenges. You will even sometimes feel like children.

Don’t worry.  These feelings are normal. They don’t come to Stay. They come to Pass.

Be patient; your dreams will not come true overnight. But start now, and go with love and courage and confidence. It’s up to you what comes to pass, and if you keep your thoughts positive and strong: your dreams will come true. It’s just a Matter of Time.

As you might know, in 2006, I left my corporate job at HP France to move to Los Angeles as an international student. I wanted to improve my English language skills, learn about the American way of doing business and eventually start my own. More importantly, I was in search of making meaningful changes in my life in order to add value to my own existence while possibly making a positive difference in the lives of others.

My life in Los Angeles has been full of challenges, the biggest of which have been dealing with the unexpected, adjusting to my new environment and getting everything done within a time frame.

Thankfully, some great people both from my university, UCLA, and off campus taught me the skills that I needed, showed me around, helped me adjust to the American culture, and inspired me. Some also provided me knowledge and methods for a better understanding of the ins- and- outs of running a business in this country, encouraged me to challenge the conventional thinking, and helped me discover and articulate my greater purpose.

I am here today to share with you some my insights.

To reach your goals in the United States, I believe it’s important to:

- Believe in yourself

- Discover your driving motivation for action (purpose, cause or belief)

- Be disciplined and Stay on your chosen path

- Remain active

- Stay focused than to sit around complaining

- Speak up and Take Actions

- Take risks and be willing to lose yourself before reaping the fruits of your efforts

- Build your Network. “Your Network Determines Your Net Worth”

- Have an insatiable thirst for knowledge

- Be able to articulate clearly your value proposition

- Sharpen your personal brand to achieve career success

- Get out of your comfort zone

-Master Team working skills

- Familiarize yourself with the American business environment

- Challenge others and yourself to get results

- Don’t settle for anything less than your best

- Develop and master your capacity to think critically and independently

- Develop and master your ability to understand how people of different cultures and values think and behave

- Develop your communication skills

- Develop a global mindset

- Immerse yourself into the American Culture

- Volunteer into your communities

- Think out of the box

- Learn how to understand the greater context of problems

- Be intensely curious

- Accept others as they come

- Look at everything as an amazing learning experience

- See the opportunity in every difficulty

- Share your experience with others

- Be concerned with time limitations

- Listen up

- Read as much as you can –pick up books that you like, books you don’t like and books you never pictured yourself reading.

- Gain control over all the tasks and commitments that you need or want to get done

- Keep track of your goals

- Be accountable for your actions

- Have a stubborn insistence on pursuing our dreams.

Over all, it’s about maintaining a good life balance with the seven following building blocks :
1-Peace of Mind
2- Health and Fitness
3- Loving relationship
4- Control of my finance
5- Career goals that fit my personality
6- Pursuing my ultimate life goals

7- Life Balance (Career, Personal relationship, Friends and Family, Spiritual, Continuing education, Rest, Health and Fitness, Relaxation, Fun)

Finally, I will leave you with this quote that I learned from my mentor, Les Brown.

“If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give up your time, your peace and your sleep for it … if all that you dream and scheme is about it, and life seems useless and worthless without it … if you gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it … if you simply go after that thing you want with all of your capacity, strength and sagacity, faith, hope and confidence and stern pertinacity … if neither cold, poverty, famine, nor gout, sickness nor pain, of body and brain, can keep you away from thing that you want … if dogged and grim you beseech and beset it, with the help of God, you WILL get it!” Written by author Berton Braley
Source : Les Brown – Live your Dreams. Click

to Listen to Les Brown.

Best Wishes,

Jean-Marc Dedeyne

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What is it to be an international student in the U.S.?

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

If you are coming to the U.S. on a student visa it can be a bit of a challenge and a somewhat tedious process. VOA’s Lisa Vohra talks to a couple of students from Africa who have been through it and has this report.

Watch the stories of two young African students who are busy taking classes and living their lives in the U.S.

If you want to study in the USA, this is the first thing to : meet with an advisor from EducationUSA. It’s your official source on U.S. Higher Education. You will find centers in your own countries here.

For tips and access to local information specific to your projects, please contact us here

What is the most important to you about studying in the the U.S and why do you care?

To Help you Live Your Dreams we added a New Member

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Hello Fans,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I wanted to take some time to thank you for your positive interest, constructive comments and continuing support.

Because we want you feel more comfortable, have a superior experience and more importantly achieve your goals in the United States, I added a new member to our International Team.

It’s now my pleasure to introduce to you our new member, Bethiël.

Bethiël Tekle Mariam is an Eritrean lady, born and raised in the Netherlands. She moved to the sunny California 6 months ago to pursue her American Dream. Currently, she is enrolled in an International Management & Operations Certificate program at the University of California, Irvine, and she plans on starting off her professional career this fall within the field of International Marketing & Communication. This 26 year-old has a passion for travelling, and she is fortunate to have seen all the major cities in Europe and the USA. While studying abroad in St. Louis, Missouri and Valencia, Spain she understood how much cultural differences can make someone not feel at home. In St. Louis, Missouri, she was involved in the International Business Club and the International Student Organization. During her recent experience in the United States, she learned how to overcome and adjust herself to any obstacles she ran into.

Bethiel joined U in the USA to share her experience, help you feel more at home within the American culture and more importantly help you live your dreams. In the days to come, she will personally connect with each of you to discuss your interests, questions and ways to reach your own goals.

I will appreciate your help in making Bethiël feel welcome in our community.

Thank you.

Jean-Marc Dedeyne
U in the USA
“International Students & Visitors. Life Simplified!”

Want to know more about Bethiël click here

Boroughing In

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Last time was the easy part. I’d been wanting to write about New York City, and I focused on the core of the Big Apple — Manhattan Island, whose power, glamour, and jaw-dropping scale form our image of the city as a whole.

But there are four other boroughs, or administrative divisions, including one that was once every bit as powerful and prestigious as Manhattan. And except for following the New York Yankees baseball team in the Bronx or the New York Mets in Queens — or reliving the glory days of the Brooklyn Dodgers team that split for Los Angeles in 1958 — most Americans don’t give them much thought. Read more here

Listen to the story


Source : Ted Landphair’s America

The Ginormous Apple

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

As the rocker Alice Cooper once put it, I’ve been “Big Apple dreamin’.” For me and anyone else who’s beguiled by New York City’s grandeur and charms, only a few months — a couple of years at most — can pass before the itch to visit again needs scratching.

You, too, may have put big, brash New York on your list of dream destinations. So I thought I’d tell you about the place in two blogs: Today, Manhattan, the little island that you’d think would sink from the sheer weight of its skyscrapers. Next time, the city’s four other boroughs, or administrative divisions, where 78 percent of its 8.3 million people live. Continue reading here

Listen to the story


Source : Ted Landphair’s America

Find a Travel Mate for Your Next Remote Adventure

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Coordinating trips with friends can be a difficult endeavor, given conflicts in work schedules, budgets and destination preferences. But if you’re not too particular about who you travel with — or if you’d like to make some new friends — you might want to check out Globetrooper while planning your next trip.

Globetrooper is a social platform for aspiring travelers to design trips and find others to travel with them. You can post a trip outlining your dates and preferences for others to join, or browse the roughly 100 trips already listed on the site. Users can also leave comments on each others’ trips with suggestions for places to stay and sites to see. Trips are ranked by Difficulty, Culture Shock, Remoteness and Risk on a scale of 1-5.  Find your Travel Mate here

Travel with me here

Source : Mashable

3 Ways to Start Your Overseas Job Transition

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Leaders who go to work overseas are often surprised by how much they thought they knew about a culture, and how little they really do. Here are three ways to begin your cultural transition before you start working or seeking jobs in a different country:

1.    Check your assumptions. You will hear many things about how people in the other culture get work done. Remember that all cultures are nuanced and while generalizations can be descriptive, you can’t accept them as universal rule.
2.    Attend workshops. Leading up to your move, find workshops or lectures about doing business in different countries or go to a country-specific conference.
3.    Immerse yourself in global coverage. Find publications, websites, and television programs that give you a cross-cultural view of what’s going on in the world and insight into how other cultures view global news.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Managing Yourself: Making It Overseas” by Mansour Javidan, Mary Teagarden, and David Bowen.

Source : Harvard Business Review

If you want to know what to expect as an employee in the American workplace and how to navigate the U.S. Job Market, attend our workshop here

13-Year-Old Climbs Mount Everest

Friday, June 4th, 2010

13-year-old Jordan Romero of California became the youngest climber to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Some in the media are asking the question: how young is too young? Read transcript >>