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Empowered to Create Change: Being an LGBTQ Student

by Jaime Bellemare - Posts (5). Posted Monday, February 28th, 2011 at 10:05 am

I am an LGBTQ student. LGBTQ means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Here at Syracuse University I feel lucky. I have the basic privilege of being open about my sexuality. I spend many hours taking courses about queer sexuality, studying sex and gender theory and really exploring the world of social identities. This is […]

From Nigeria to the US, A Basketball Success Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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Saudi Student Arrested on Terrorism Charges: The Visa Impact

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

As VOA reported Thursday, Saudi national Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, who was studying in the Texas, was arrested on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.  He allegedly bought chemicals and equipment necessary to make bombs, and his email records allegedly indicate that he sent himself lists of potential targets and […]

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My Experience Leading a Student Organization

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

At the end of last semester, I was elected president of the Organization of Asian Studies at my university.  It’s a pretty cool deal – the school gives us a lot of support to host fun events, like foreign movie nights, happy hours, and special receptions, and we also sponsor speakers to give special talks […]

A Shifting Identity in Photos: Jihye’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Meet Jihye Choi – journalism student, VOA intern, and photographer extraordinaire.  She has recently come to Washington, D.C. from Bucheon, South Korea and has been sharing her journey with us in photos.  Here are some of her most recent pictures and stories (which she’s written in English AND Korean!): Hello Everyone! 🙂 It’s really nice […]

Celebrating Love, the American and African Styles

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 10:39 am

On Valentine’s Day, every girl yearns for a candle-lit dinner in a fancy restaurant with good company. Sometimes, instead of just waiting and yearning, it is probably a good idea to whip out your purse, and make your dream come true. This Valentine’s Day, my two girlfriends and I found this to be excellent advice. […]

Do TV Shows Show the Reality of US Life?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Last week we got into a discussion on Facebook and Twitter about American pop culture, and how accurately TV shows and movies portray life in the U.S. You all mentioned watching shows that ranged from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Friends to CSI, and had mixed opinions on how true to life they might be. […]

The Cautionary Tale of Tri-Valley’s ‘Sham University’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

On January 20, Happy Schools blog reported receiving this email: I recently joined Trivalley University 1 week back and took a CPT I20. I was on OPT extension before this. I heard the news that there was a raid on Tri Valley University. What should I do now? This student was one of about 1,500 […]

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Love and Dating for International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

With love in the air this week thanks to Valentine’s Day, our Facebook fan Abdirahman reminded us that love is universal. Dating, however, is not.  Romantic life in the U.S. isn’t what you’ve seen in TV and movies, but it might still be different from what you’re used to. For Sadia, her first Valentine’s Day […]

Football and Patriotism: A Super American Day

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Sunday Feb. 6 was the day of the Super Bowl (the American football championship), perhaps the biggest annual sporting event in the United States. St. John’s College hosts an annual Super Bowl screening, and our main auditorium was packed with students and staff, along with plenty of food and drink, for the event. American football […]

Love and Disappointment Dating American Girls: Jairo’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Since we’re looking this week at dating as an international student, it seemed a perfect time to share this correspondence I had with Jairo Castillo, who comes from Venezuela and studied in the U.S. during the 1980s. Jairo sent me an email to tell me about his college years in Kansas and Oklahoma.  He shared […]


by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 11:04 am

I just received an email with the very blaring subject line “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON USA GREEN CARD VISA.”  If I was hoping to get a U.S. visa, I would be excited to receive such an email.  However, it’s very obviously a scam and you should not fall for an email like this. See the […]

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Question of the Week: Dating as an International Student

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Ah, Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love in all its forms.  As our Facebook fan Abdirahman pointed out, love is universal – whatever country you’re from and whatever country you’re in, love is always the same. Dating, however, is not.  This week we’ll be looking at what it’s like to date as an international […]

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After Weeks of Worry, Egyptian Students in US Watch as Mubarak Steps Down

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Hosni Mubarak stepped down from Egypt’s presidency today, after 18 days of protests that took over Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Many Egyptians studying in the U.S. found out about Mubarak’s departure through international media, just like their American classmates. But for the Egyptian students, emotions likely ran much higher. Old Dominion University student Moustafa Aly told WVEC: […]

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Piece by Piece I Rise with the Times

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:12 am

“If anything is certain, it is that change is certain.” -Philip Crosby The Unexpected Gets a Vote Three years ago I got a brief taste of what my life would become today. It all started with a new year’s resolution: to make all of my work count for something by seeing it through to the […]

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