Quick Links: Snow, Football and Hope for Those With Low Test Scores

1) Five Kenyans who studied abroad in five different countries (including the U.S.) share their advice and compare their experiences.
http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mag/InsidePage.php?id=2000028001&cid=616&

2) Egypt followup: The situation in Egypt hasn’t discouraged many Americans from wanting to study there.
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=415105&c=1

And American University in Cairo has announced that classes will start on February 13.  Welcome to Egypt’s “new normal,” as many news organizations have dubbed it.
http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/american-u-in-cairo-announces-start-of-classes/30273

3) José from Berkeley College Life describes his first Superbowl in the U.S.: “I can’t say I understand everything about American football now, because I obviously don’t, but I did learn a lot. However, there is something that drives me crazy and it might be just because I’m used to soccer. They stop the game every few seconds!”
http://berkeleycollegestudentblogger7.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-superbowl.html

4) If you didn’t score well on your standardized exams, take comfort. One education placement company says top U.S. schools are taking a more holistic view of applicants.
http://www.sify.com/news/us-varsities-taking-holistic-view-of-asian-students-applications-news-national-lcfsoDabfbh.html

5) American business schools are losing their dominance in the world market. Increasingly, MBA programs in other countries are drawing foreign students – including Americans.
http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/04/the-diminishing-dominance-of-the-american-mba/

CBS reports that it’s not just business schools seeing a change in this report on “American Brain Drain.”
http://www.happyschoolsblog.com/never-an-option-of-going-back-home/

Bonus: You may have heard that much of the U.S. is currently buried under insane amounts of snow. For some international students, it’s been a shock to return from warm climates to snow-covered ones, but also an opportunity to try sledding and making a snowman and all the other fun snow activities. However, as Mads Vassar points out, at some point the snow goes from amazing and beautiful to dangerous and just plain annoying.