I believe that some, but not all, American students fail to recognize that they are becoming residents of another country when they study abroad and hold a high superiority because they are from America. The large gap of misunderstanding from both the host country locals and the students studying abroad causes huge misconceptions and, therefore, vast miscommunication. According to Slimbach, students are failing at letting go of their home culture to experience their host culture. “American students abroad may not have stars-and-stripes patches sewn onto their backpack, or see themselves as having much in common with their ‘tourist’ counterparts on luxury cruises and package tours. But neither are they eager to relinquish many of the comfortable amenities and social networks of home” (Slimbach 35). Every student who studies abroad should shed their comfort zones to face the uncomfortable truth and reality that they need to re-learn the social norms and customs of their host country. Personally, I think that I am innocent of the accusations that Slimbach explains on pages 35-36, “…pampered twenty-somethings who leave home with little preparation, arrive at the program site largely clueless, and rarely break away from the exclusive company of other foreigners…” I think that some students never leave the liminal phase and are always caught in between being homesick and not knowing where to go next. However, when I first arrived in Ireland, that statement described many of us but only because we were unfamiliar with our surroundings and it did not take long until we grew more accustomed to the Irish life. Specific ways that students studying abroad can reverse their negative reputation are by interacting more with the locals of their host country, learn the customs and ways of everyday life, and ask questions. Any question that I have asked, a local has been more than thrilled to answer and help in any way that they could. Sometimes, even just wandering around a host city or town center and observing how the locals interact with each other is helpful. Honestly, even just smiling and saying “hi” to people as they pass you on the street is helpful, too. The locals know that students study abroad in their area and can tell that we are American just by looking at us so the second that we break that uncomfortable “wall” just be engaging in simple conversation can really make all the difference in the world. It is unfortunate that host countries have such a negative stigma towards Americans but all it takes is a little effort on our part to reverse the reputations they hold against us.