Planning Ahead: Social Steps

The longer you have lived in the U.S., the more friends you will have made, and therefore the more people you will want to meet with to say goodbye. Once again, don’t leave all these farewells until the week before you leave. Plan ahead during the last few months so that your schedule will allow you to have lunch or coffee with friends you have made during your time in the U.S. Depending on the role they have played in your life, you may want to get them a little something to thank them for their friendship or remind them of you after you leave.

Make sure to begin saving contact information for all those you want to stay in touch with after you leave. You can buy an inexpensive little address book in which you keep all the names, email and mailing addresses, and telephone numbers for your U.S. contacts.  This way you can have your contacts all in one place instead of on various slips of loose paper.

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