International students coming to the U.S. classrooms are often surprised at how differently the U.S. classrooms operate from their native country. American classrooms thrive on an interactive model. Speaking up in class, giving your point of view, expressing yourself and ideas are expected. In fact, class participation is oftentimes factored in as part of your grade. Professors want to hear from you. Although this may seem awkward and uncomfortable at first, with practice it will get easier!