Miscellaneous experiences in Los Angeles

Mot so an tuong dau o LA.

  1. Large but not big: LA downtown khong to nhu minh nhi. Nha o LA thuong chi tu 1-2 tang –> Co the nha o day trung binh khong cao bang nha o HN!. Nhung rat nhieu nha co cach thiet ke dep – dac biet la nha gan bien, khong giong nhu HN phan lon la nha ong. Them nua nha o My quan trong la cho de xe o to, co’ the dien tich nha o khong rong nhung thuong co’ vuon` + cho de xe rong. (O ben US nha hang nao cung phai co’ cho de xe o to, khong giong nhu nhieu nha hang xe de ngoai duong)
  2. LA khong co’ quan coc ven duong 😦 nhung thinh thoang van co’ nguoi di ban’ kem dao!
  3. Roads in LA: Highway – Freeway o LA rat tot. Freeway thiet ke cho chay xe toc to cao, 65-70 miles per hour. Freeway thuong co’ hai chieu va 4-7 lanes tren moi chieu khong co’ den xanh den do nen cac phuong tien di lai rat nhanh. Boi vay rat nhieu nguoi co the di lam bang xe o to den noi lam viec cach 50km va chi mat 30”. Minh thay freeway la mot trong nhung phat minh rat co su anh huong lon. No giup giao thong van tai, di lai tro len de dang va thu ngan khoang cach hon. Toi da co nhung chuyen di choi 1 day, xa 100-400km. O VN thi kho co the di choi bang o to 400km trong 1 ngay duoc, vi o VN highway chua nhieu. Neu minh hoc xay dung thi minh se chon nganh cau duong de hoc hoi cach xay dung freeway…cua US 🙂
  4. Traffic: o LA cung nhieu khi tac duong, nhung khi do van co the di chuyen voi toc do cham. Khong bi chet dung o o Hanoi.
  5. Y thuc nguoi tham gia giao thong: Nguoi di bo o LA duoc duoc uu tien va duoc bao ve, hinh dung nguoi di bo qua duong ma khong quay trai quay phai de y xe co xung quanh. Het den do va nguoi di bo qua duong het thi xe co moi duoc di. Rat co trat tu! O Chicago thi khac, Nguoi di bo thuong quay trai quay phai, neu ko co’ xe thi bat chap den do van vuot qua duong, nen nhieu khi nguoi di bo va nguoi di xe o to nhieu khi tranh nhau qua duong! Hoi tai sao lai vay, nguoi ta tra loi boi do la culture cua Chicago.
  6. Tips: ben US hau het khi ban dung mot dich vu ji do, mac dinh la ban phai tip nguoi phuc vu. Chang han trong nha hang la 10-15% o nha hang tuy vao thai do phuc vu. Co khi minh tip den 20%. Tu khi den LA thuong cuoi tuan nao cung di choi mot ngay va an nha hang mot lan, khong biet minh da tip bao nhieu lan roi. Tuy vao dich vu ma tip bao nhieu %, chang han khi cat toc thi tip khoang 40-50%. Chang han ban cat toc het $10, ban tip cho nguoi cat toc $5. Doi luc minh thich vao quan an nhanh vi an o day la khong phai tip :)). Nhung tu luc den LA chac chua den 10 lan minh an fast food!
  7. Taxes: hau het moi mat hang ben US minh mua deu mat thue khoang 8-10%.
  8. Do not stand too close in a line – culture: o US nhieu khi mua do` cung phai cho rat lau, 30′. Nhung minh chua bao gio thay canh chen nhau bao gio. First come, first serve va dac biet la dung dung qua gan nguoi dung truoc! Co mot lan minh dung qua gan va nguoi ta quay lai nhin minh dam duoi :)) tu sau thoi.
  9. Helpful vs Personalism: nhin chung phan lon nguoi US deu rat helpful va tot bung. Hoi gi ho giup rat nhiet tinh va dac biet la nhung nguoi moi den. Minh hoi duong co’ khi ho dan minh den tan noi. Tuy nhien thi tinh ca nhan va doc lap cua nguoi My rat cao.
  10. Food culture: nhieu nguoi van cho la My khong co’ food culture, nhung it nhieu van co’. Minh thi OK voi do an My, thay ngon hon do` Han Quoc nhung khong bang Vietnam –> thuong cuoi tuan la den Orange County de an mon VN. Mon an cua My khong co’ nuoc canh giong VN!
  11. Working envi: Never go late (meet professor, register courses…) & be polite all the time. Tu luc sang US chua bao gio nhin thay cai nhau, oanh nhau lan nao, nhung thinh thoang van duoc canh bao’ co’ nguoi dung sung o khu A, khu B :))
  12. School: Cac truong ben US, khong ngoai tru truong cong hay tu deu hoat dong nhu mot cong ty. –> hoc phi ben US expensive, mot so noi la rat dat vi du USC! Minh di dau ma noi la hoc o USC, ho cung deu bao hoc USC thi giau lam nhi :)) …. Fund chinh cua truong la Tuition + Donation. Chang han USC vua duoc mot cuu sinh vien donated $200M.
  13. Automatic machines: rat nhieu cai ben VN can nhieu nguoi de lam thi ben US deu tu dong. Chang han: trong xe –> may trong xe (mot cai may quay cu’ 1-2 giay lai chup anh), Gas Station –> minh tu cho tien vao may va lay xang –> tranh truong hop do xang thieu cho khach giong o VN.
  14. Independent working: cach hoc ben US giup nguoi ta lam viec doc lap. Khi nghe giang thi rat proactive in question and discussion, nhung khi lam homework thi viec ai nguoi day lam, khong coi cop gian lan. Academic Integrity ben US rat duoc coi trong, neu cheating co khi bi fail class hoac tham tri bi duoi hoc.
  15. Grading system: ben nay hoc danh gia theo qua trinh nen tranh duoc tinh trang sinh vien hoc roi quen nhanh. Thuong co’ 1 bai thi giua ki, 1 bai giua ki, 2-4 homework va 1-2 project coding –> mot mon ben nay hoc kha nang, nhung bat sinh vien phai keep studying trong suot qua trinh hoc. Cach tinh diem cung rat hay, khong phai ban duoc bao nhieu diem ma ban dung bao nhieu o trong lop! (curve). Chang han tat ca cac mon ban luon duoc o tren trung binh Mean la OK, con neu ban la top 20-40 % cua lop la ban co’ the duoc diem A roi 🙂 Moi hoc song mot ki nhung minh thay de duoc A o ben nay de hon duoc 8.0 o Bach Khoa ^^.

 

To be continued….

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