What is your current accent status?
Have you driven in America?
What is your current coffee drinking status?
How do you dry your clothes?
Count how many of these foods are in your pantry: Mac & cheese, Fruit snacks, Cheerios, Canned pumpkin (leftover from Thanksgiving!), Coffee creamer, Maple syrup, Iced tea, Grape jelly, Old Bay seasoning, Cool Whip
When you go back to Australia, what happens?
In Sports, what teams do you barrack for?
In the Olympics, you go for Australia, but if there are no Aussies in the game, you go for USA, USA, USA!
You have your football team (i.e. NFL), your baseball team, your basketball team, your fantasy leagues, and March Madness means something to you beyond fun alliteration.
You wear your Yankees hat on a regular basis and go to a baseball game whenever you have visitors in town.
You have your rugby / AFL / cricket / netball allegiances only, and will get up at whatever time is required to watch their games.
Do you watch the Superbowl?
How would you describe your experience with the American medical system? (which is no joking matter, but if you need encouragement to get / understand your medical insurance, consider this your reminder!)
You have insurance, but you’ve experienced a pharmacist try to charge you the full, exorbitant cost for a medication, either by accident or for some reason your insurance isn’t working at that particular store (if this happens, my non-professional advice is to try at a different store, ordering via an online pharmacy or get in touch with your doctor for what they think should be the cost of the medication, and they may possibly be able to request a cheaper, generic brand).
You’ve learned to ask if every single procedure in every single appointment is covered by your insurance. You make sure that any blood work is done by a lab covered by your insurance. You’ve been forced into paying for something at some point because inexplicably the doctor you need to see just doesn’t accept any insurance. You discovered that many Americans who’ve lived here their whole lives also don’t understand the system, and hope that universal health care becomes a reality in your lifetime, or your children’s lifetimes.
You’ve heard it’s terrible but haven’t been here long enough to need a doctor yet.
You got insurance with your job and so far it seems fine, but you couldn’t say what a deductible is, or explain the bills that arrive in the mail.