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Saving Money with Community Colleges

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 11:41 am

Starting at a community college and then transferring to a 4-year institution can help international students save money and ease into American-style education, according to EducationUSA advisor Lubna Anwar in an article for Pakistan’s Express Tribune. http://tribune.com.pk/story/78277/community-colleges-an-affordable-springboard-to-educational-success/

Tags: Posted in Applying to Schools

Question of the Week: How Diverse are American Campuses?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Inspired by this article in Canadian magazine MacLean’s, about how universities are responding to an influx of bright Asian students, this week’s question is about diversity. How diverse do you think American college campuses are (ethnically or socio-economically)? How would it compare to your hometown or local university?  How well do you fit in (or […]

So You Want to Study in the States?

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 11:15 am

I positioned my desk strategically so that I had a clear view of all the people entering the room. Some strode in purposefully like executives on their way to a Global Economic Forum. Others slid in and slunk into the unoccupied seats closest to the door. An exasperating few knocked, and knocked, and knocked until, […]

Question of the Week: Finding Holiday Traditions Part 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 26th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Part 1 of the Question of the Week looked at what it’s like to celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. – what do international students do for Thanksgiving and how can you find your own meaning in the holiday? In this part we look at what it’s like to be far from home and your own […]

Question of the Week: Finding Holiday Traditions Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 26th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s Question of the Week was about holidays. We asked what it’s like to celebrate American holidays, like Thanksgiving, in the States, and this post (part 1) is all about Thanksgiving and how to find your own meaning in a holiday that feels so American. We also wanted to know […]

Giving Thanks

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 9:55 am

Just came across this lovely Facebook post. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

When it Becomes Overwhelming

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Studying in the U.S. isn’t always fun and easy.  Sometimes it gets hard – really hard, as international student Irene from Malaysia shares: The projects are pilling up, due dates are around the corner, exams are indefinitely coming soon in 2 weeks’ time and the contents of every courses are extremely difficult. Well, everyone would […]

The Worst Sandwich Ever

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 9:53 am

In this video, a Michigan State University student from China talks about the language barriers he faced when he first arrived, and how he ended up eating the worst sandwich ever as a result:

Tags: Posted in Culture Shock

Trick or Turkey?: Getting Into American Holidays

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I first arrived in the U.S. in mid-October, so I was almost immediately swept away by Halloween, followed soon by Thanksgiving. By “swept away” I mean, for the most part, “exposed to advertisements and merchandising.” Yeah, I guess the commercialization of holidays in the U.S. drew the most direct reaction from me – especially how […]

Peek Inside an American Supermarket

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You may have heard that American supermarkets are bigger than what you’re used to, with more variety and more brands to choose from.  Well, East Peeks West (a Chinese student at Ohio State University) has a photo collection taken inside one of the biggest I’ve ever seen.   Even if you’ve been to a U.S. supermarket […]

Tags: Posted in Campus and Social Life

Question of the Week: Your Holiday Traditions

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 am

It’s Thanksgiving this week in the U.S., so it seems like a good time to talk about holidays. What’s your favorite holiday tradition that would you miss if you came to study in the U.S.?  What U.S. holidays would you most look forward to experiencing? Leave your answers in the comments!  Your responses will be […]

Preparing for Cultural Immersion

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 11:03 am

The University of the Pacific has an online guide for students planning to study abroad, which has information and exercises designed to prepare you for living in a different culture. It probably can’t eliminate culture shock, but it might be useful in preparing you for what types of things could be different. Even though it’s […]

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Lost in East Lansing

by Roua al-Hayki - Posts (2). Posted Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 10:03 am

As international students, when we first arrive in the U.S, we like to have a sense of the place – we want to feel home. We start by walking long distances to discover the area around us. We get lost and then suddenly, we find the way back. Our hearts are full of excitement and […]

Question of the Week: Social Life and Drinking on U.S. Campuses

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at 11:49 am

The Question of the Week (a new feature for the blog!) this week was about drinking and partying on campus.  How does it compare to the college social scene in other countries?  What can you expect from the university social life?  Here’s what you and our bloggers had to say on the topic: When the […]

A Substance Free Student’s Guide to College Drinking

by Jaime Bellemare - Posts (5). Posted Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

College is commonly associated with three things: education, sleep deprivation and partying. The first two I am more than familiar with, but the third, well let’s just say it’s not my cup of tea. Here at Syracuse University, Greek life (fraternities and sororities) has a big presence on campus and drinking has an even bigger […]

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