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Happy New Year from the Student Union

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 31st, 2010 at 8:54 am

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you  had a wonderful 2010.  We’re looking forward to a 2011 with more stories from our bloggers about their experiences studying in the U.S., meeting more of you and hearing about your experiences, and answering more of your questions about coming to the U.S. or living in the U.S. Until […]

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Recapping 2010: Top News Stories of the Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 11:18 am

Sick of the 2010 recap lists yet? I am. But here’s one final one for you before you ring in the new year…the news stories that have most caught our attention since this blog started 3 months ago. The top 5 stories we’ve been following: #5) College rankings start to generate controversy: We started the […]

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Recapping 2010: Some Personal Favorites

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

It’s not as scientific a measure as most viewed or most commented, but here my top 5 favorite posts our bloggers wrote in 2010.  Although, let’s be clear, all the bloggers are amazing, and picking out just 5 feels really unfair.  As a bonus, I’m also including my top 5 favorite “Question of the Week”-style […]

Recapping 2010: Top 5 Most Commented Posts

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 7:53 am

Continuing our look back at 2010, here’s a list of the posts that spurred on the most discussions. The top 5 most commented-on posts: # 5) A Personal Take on “Americanization,” by Nick I found what I had to do was to reconcile within myself what elements from the American way of life I want […]

Recapping 2010: Top 5 Most Viewed Posts

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 5:52 am

As the new year approaches, we’ll be looking back at some of the best posts from the past year (well, the past 3 months, but who’s counting), using scientific criteria, like the number of views, and less scientific criteria, like my personal preferences.  So, here we go! The top 5 most viewed posts of 2010: […]

5 Movies to Get Into the Holiday Spirit and Practice English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 24th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s a festive time of year here in the U.S., what with all the sparkling lights and pretty trees. Many of you have said that one of the best ways to practice your English is to watch American movies.  So as a Christmas present, […]

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Freedom to be Weird: India versus the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Our friend Kumar at RedBus2US talks about some of the differences he’s found between life in India, where he grew up, and in the U.S., where he lives now. He points out in particular that the view of personal privacy and individuality is different in India than the U.S., and says that he feels people […]

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Reverse Culture Shock: How I’ve Changed in the US

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

After seven months of exploring, enjoying, adapting, torturing…. in the U.S., I finally went back to my home country, China! What was waiting for me there was the incredibly great city of Beijing, yummy Chinese food, old friends who I missed so much, my college, which is my favorite place in the world…and some CULTURE […]

US Culture, Through the Eyes of the BBC’s America Correspondent

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 11:19 am

BBC correspondent Kevin Connolly, leaving his post in America after 3 years, writes a poignant look at what has intrigued, surprised, and charmed him about the U.S. These things too are familiar enough, but a country so large, so restless and so energetic is necessarily full of surprises and contradictory impulses too. This is after […]

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More Muslims Studying in the US at Catholic Colleges

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 11:08 am

We do this thing where he teaches me his prayers in Arabic, and I share with him the prayers I say as a Catholic The Washington Post reports on Muslim international students who enroll at Catholic colleges, saying that they find familiarity in the focus on religion. The story also looks at the varying extents […]

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Question of the Week Takes a 2 Week Hiatus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

It’s holiday time everyone!  Question of the Week will go on a 2 week break while our bloggers enjoy their winter vacations and I enjoy…well…a slightly less crowded commute? Don’t worry, we’ve still got plenty of great blog posts coming up in the next few weeks, and Question of the Week will be back and […]

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Competing Against Myself: Academic Rivalry at Grad School

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 10:46 am

My old college roommate jetted into town last weekend for a conference with his New York law firm.  He’s the kind of guy who at 26 already has the key pieces of his life put together.  He graduated from NYU law school in May, proposed to his longtime girlfriend in August while vacationing in Europe, […]

Question of the Week: How do you Decide Where to Apply?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

This week’s Question of the Week was about how you choose where to apply, and where to ultimately go. What factors are important? How do you research different colleges to make a decision? The question dovetailed with this week’s CollegeWeekLive International Day, a virtual college fair for international students, put on in partnership with EducationUSA. […]

Is Being an International Student Good or Bad?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I feel like there’s something really poignant about this tweet: Senzeni was similarly indecisive earlier this week.

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If You Plan to Study in the US, Get Used to Working in Groups

by Jamal Janybek - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 11:30 am

Being an American student is totally different from being a Kyrgyz student. I have realized that here, in America, the relations between classmates with each other and teachers are much easier than in Asia. Teachers in American educational institutions are more likely to be friends with students. Student-teacher relationships in my country are much colder, […]

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