One of the things I’ve learnt whilst in the US is that you will receive more if you just ask.
The US culture is quite assertive. It’s full of opportunity, but you’ll miss out if you do not step up. But pick your opportunities. (I discuss this further in my LinkedIn post about ‘Learnings from Wharton‘.)
Also receive graciously when you do ask. And do so even when people try to help you out without you asking.
I have a strong sense of reciprocity, so I feel like I owe someone if I accept their offer of help. But if I think about it their perspective, isn’t it true that I like helping others out too?
So as well as asking for opportunities, try to be the one that offers help too, it may lead to increased chances to further a relationship.