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Question of the Week: How Will You Welcome the Year of the Rabbit?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 10:51 am

One of the toughest parts of studying in the U.S. is being far from home and your favorite holiday traditions. But the Chinese New Year (which falls on Feb. 3 this year), is one holiday that’s celebrated around the world. You might be far from your own traditions, but wherever you are, there are sure […]

Who’s Nicer, Americans or Chinese?

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

Before coming to the U.S., some people told me that Americans are very nice, warm and friendly, while others said that the western culture and philosophy is about egoism, highly individualism which means little emotional bonds among people, in other words, Americans are selfish and cold. Those were what I have been told before. (Neither […]

Tags: , Posted in Culture Shock

So Close: Otabek’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 10:39 am

On this blog we focus on the experiences of students who have been successful in coming to the U.S. to study.  But what if you’re not successful? I met Otabek, who lives in Uzbekistan, through the ExchangesConnect community. He got accepted into the Youth Exchange Opportunity (YEO) program, but ultimately could not participate because he […]

Tags: Posted in Applying to Schools

The State of the Union and International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 8:56 am

President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night focused a lot of attention on American education. He praised U.S. universities, saying, “We’re the home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any place on Earth” (although he failed to note that the U.S. share of foreign students […]

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Sometimes a Direct Flight Is a Missed Opportunity

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 10:16 am

If there is one thing I recently learned, it is that you never know what America has in store for you to explore. San Francisco is one of those American gems that charmed me immediately. I had a half-day layover last Saturday as I was flying back to school in New Mexico. Since my flight […]

Quick Links: New York Colleges Ban Smoking, Study Says Colleges Failing Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 11:37 am

1) EducationUSA has been running a series of online sessions about researching your choices for studying in the U.S. They’ve got them all archived in a handy online player on their website: 2) If you’re a smoker, your college options just dwindled.  City University of New York, a network of 23 colleges, has banned […]

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Dispelling Myths About Hijab, Daily Prayers, and Other Practicalities of Muslim Life on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Earlier today we posted about Islamophobia and how Muslims are viewed in America.  But when we asked you what you wanted to know from Muslims students, it turned out you also have some more practical concerns about observing Islam on campus. Many colleges, even those with smaller Muslim populations have a Muslim student association, which facilitates […]

Tags: Posted in Campus and Social Life

We Are Not Terrorists: Muslim Experiences on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 10:10 am

Last week I shared a message that I received on Facebook: I hope American people wouldn’t bother it at all for a moeslim girl like me study and live in their neighbourhood 🙂 It inspired us to look at stereotypes and how American classmates react to foreign students. Our bloggers said they have had positive […]

Are Foreign Students Stereotyped by American Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This week, the Question of the Week was about tolerance and prejudice on campus.  How do Americans react to international students and the diversity that they bring? I asked our bloggers to reflect on their experiences, and to discuss any negative incidents they may have had with stereotyping or prejudice.  But (happily!) they all had […]

Taxes, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Why the Spring Semester Means Lots of Paperwork

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

It’s that time of year again. Colleges and universities in America usually have an academic year consisting of a fall (autumn) semester, and a spring one. Summer classes are often available too, as are semesters or courses abroad, but most students pursuing four-year undergraduate degrees start in a fall semester and graduate at the end […]

My Work Experience with the Female Politicians of Afghanistan

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 10:22 am

While living in Afghanistan and the US, I have learned and explored about my abilities and skills, and future. My family and friends have always admired my hard work as a student and leader in my school. They have told me that I deserve to become a leader, maybe even the first woman president of […]

Tags: Posted in After Graduation

Question of the Week: Being a Muslim (or Anything Else) on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Many of our bloggers have brought up that one of the things they’ve been most pleased to find in America is diversity – people from all over the world and people with all sorts of beliefs and preferences. But Martin Luther King Day yesterday serves as a reminder that America has a difficult history, and […]

Understanding America: I Have a Dream

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 17th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

The phrase “I have a dream” is enshrined in American culture and identity, and the man who spoke those words, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is commemorated today with a national holiday. To understand a bit about America’s struggle with race relations and why Martin Luther King is honored as a pioneer, take a look […]

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Does Your Cell Phone Rule Your Life? Staying Connected in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This week’s Question of the Week came to us from our friends at Digital Frontiers.  They wanted to know what technology and devices you use each day.  Are you tied to your BlackBerry or texting from your Nokia?  Do you update Facebook multiple times a day or play games online?  Do you wish you were […]

An Ordinary Winter Break

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I tend to ease into the same comfortable and predictable schedule every year when I return home for a winter break from school: √ Christmas Eve: Visit cousins and eat copiously √ Christmas Day: Exchange gifts with family and eat copiously √ New Year’s Eve: Celebrate with old high school friends, eat copiously and drink […]

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