Hi this is Liping from Shanghai, China and Melissa from North Carolina. We are both graduate students in the same polymer lab at Colorado School of Mines.  We are getting more excited about the approaching IDSS summit. When we first heard about this summit, we felt that it was designed for us because we are already labmates and best friends.  Over the past four years, we have had many discussions about our respective cultures to try to better understand each other.  The IDSS will be a good platform to share our experience and participate in a formal discussion about this topic which has become important to both of us.  According to our experience, we believe that an open-mind is essential for building relationships between international and domestic students. If you are willing to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone, you will be rewarded with some great experiences and good friends. And in the best case scenario, you will have a place to stay and a local guide as you travel the world. Will you please share your experience in building friendships across cultural boundaries? What do you think is the most important thing to enhance the relationship?