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    I’m wondering how you make initial conversations with strangers.
    With internationals, I will ask “How long have you lived in this area?” If they have an accent I will ask them, “So where is home for you?” Depending on how they answer, I will ask them, “Where did you live before State College?” or “What country did you move from?” With this last question I need to be very confident that they are an immigrant or visiting scholar. Otherwise it can be embarrassing if they say, “I’m from California.”

    Sometimes I will ask internationals if they have made any local friends since moving here.

    With Americans, I ask about their job and whether they grew up in State College.

    So how do you make conversation with strangers?

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