Brockport is located in Western New York State, meaning we experience four different seasons and a wide range of temperatures throughout the year.
Winters in Brockport, which typically runs from November through April, can get rather cold with temperatures dropping below 10°F (-12°C). Likewise, summer months -- typically considered to be July and August -- can be very humid, with temperatures reaching well above 80°F (26°C) and sometimes even above 90°F (32°C). Fall and Spring are usually pleasant, with temperatures ranging in between the highs and lows of summer and winter. During these seasons, days are typically pleasant, while nights and mornings can be crisp and cool.
You should come prepared for the changes in temperature and weather. Brockport experiences a good deal of rain and snow. You will need an umbrella, raincoat and plenty of winter clothing. A heavy outer coat, boots, waterproof gloves and hat are highly recommended for winter months.
Also, if you are planning to live on campus, keep in mind that the residence halls are not fully air conditioned. Therefore, a fan may be useful during those sticky, humid days in early Fall and late Spring as well as humidifiers for during dry days in Winter.
Americans tend to dress more casually than individuals in many other cultures. Students at SUNY- Brockport often dress in pants (mainly jeans, slacks, and khakis) and simple shirts for class, as well as sweatshirts, short and skirts/dresses depend on seasons. However professional clothing such as formal suits is sometimes required in case of job interview, internship, and/or formal presentations in class. A dark color (black, gray, navy or dark blue) suits consisted of a jacket, shirt and pants/skirt are often preferred as conservative and professional.
Americans are rather casual and informal in their conversation style as well. Phrases such as “Hi,” “Hello,” “How are you?” “How’s it going?” or “What’s up?” are typically used as greetings and not requiring the complete answer. Likewise, phrases such as “See you later,” “Catch you later,” or “Goodbye” are often used to simply end conversations although it sounds like an invitation to actual visit. Those phrases are just commonly used as greetings in nature in the U.S.
Slang and Common Terms
Americans also tend use slang, which is not considered as a very formal type of language, more common in speech than writing in particular context or within a group. It also referred as “American English”—for example, some people call soft drinks (such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi) as “soda” but some other people call them “pop.” The best way to learn slang is actually to talk with Americans. You may want to apply conversation partnership program after arrival to the campus.
Introduction of Yourself
Another good thing to know in American communication is informal introduction of oneself. People typically introduce themselves with the first names, even with elders and people in positions of authority. However in the classrooms, you want to make sure you call instructors by their title (professor or doctor) unless instructors invite you to call differently. In case you are not sure how to call someone, you can always use either Mr. for a man, Ms. for a woman on top of their last names.
Personal hygiene is very important to most Americans. Typically, people here will shower (or bathe) and wash their hair daily. Because American culture teaches that natural body odors and smells are unpleasant, Americans use underarm deodorant regularly. Many also use a small amount of perfume (for women) or scented cologne (for men) each day to achieve a "pleasant" smell.
On average, Americans brush their teeth twice daily -- once in the morning before leaving for work/class and once in the evening before going to bed. Many Americans also use mouthwash or chew breath mints or gum frequently throughout the day to avoid bad breath.
It is typical for American women to shave their legs and underarms. Men have less strict guidelines -- many have facial hair that is not shaved regularly.