This paper seeks to come up with guidelines that would lead African immigrants who want to live in the United States.
One pervasive social value in the US is individualism, which, if an immigrant understands, would help them in illuminating various aspects of culture (Carrion, 2010). The lone cowboy on the prairies with his horse as the lone companion epitomizes the American ideal of self-reliance and self-fulfillment best. In order to succeed in American culture, it is essential to be independent and strong. In the United States, one’s success can be attributed to the perseverance and hard work of an individual. In this culture of individualism, decisions are made in benefit of an individual, for instance, moving away from home to a college of one’s choice would be supported rather than considered as selfish. American culture, in fact, encourages independence of children. Young people of every socio-economic class are expected to get a job after schooling to promote responsibility and autonomy (Carrion, 2010).
Another social value in the United States is efficiency where, and they are apt to grow impatient with lines that move slowly, especially if they want to conduct business and want efficient and rapid client service (Carrion, 2010). Talking to clients at the expense of effective service is intolerable to most Americans, especially since time is money and needs to be saved, values, and used wisely. Americans also give increased importance to punctuality as a social value with different activities possessing different conventions (Carrion, 2010). Americans expect one to arrive at the specified time for appointments and meals. Individuals are also expected to arrive at any time within the time range specified for informal receptions and parties. It is, thus, important to plan on arriving several minutes before specified time for events such as weddings, church services, classes, sport events, movies, concerts, plays, and