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I am believing…everything will be okay: Kana’s Story Part 3

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Back in March, when the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, we spoke to Kana Igarashi.  Kana is a Japanese student at Santa Monica College in California, and her family lives in Fukushima, about 80 km from the damaged nuclear plant.  At the time we told her we’d look forward to talking to her again […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Gymnasium

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Now added to our Glossary of Confusing Words: gymnasium In the U.S. a gymnasium, more commonly referred to as a gym, is a building where athletic activities take place. Most colleges and universities have a gym for students to use for sports and athletic activities.  The gym will usually have a fitness center where students […]

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Guide to Getting Through Final Exams

by Jaime Bellemare - Posts (5). Posted Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Spring showers, thunderstorms, sunshine and 70 degree weather can only mean one thing in Syracuse- it’s almost time for summer. The last few months have flown by and this is my last week of classes before finals. Uggg, finals.  Can you sense my excitement? Three months away from the classroom is just around the corner, […]

A Day in the Life of a UGRAD-Pakistan Fellow

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This video was created by a UGRAD fellow from Pakistan for their “Day in the Life” video contest. If you watch through to the end, there’s a crazy shot of him riding a rollercoaster at Universal Studios theme park. This isn’t our first encounter with UGRAD-Pakistan fellows. We spoke to some for our article earlier […]

Coming to America from Tibet: An Interview with an Intensive English Student

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 10:10 am

Namulang is from Tibet and has been in the U.S. about two months studying English at the University of Kansas Applied English Center. What does he like best about the U.S. so far? The sports, he says, especially KU’s well-known basketball team.

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Philly, You Should Be Proud

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:11 am

Recently I traveled from San Francisco to the east coast, for what was a lifetime opportunity to see the real America. When I say “real America” I don’t mean fast food, Hollywood or skyscrapers, but rather the history and culture. Like many other people I also had this perception that America starts with Christopher Columbus […]

Four and Twenty Blackbirds: The Hidden Meaning of April 20th

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Studying in the States has offered me many worthwhile experiences. I have learned a great deal both inside and outside the classroom, and have made numerous life-long friends. There have been certain negative aspects of life here as a student, though. They are learning experiences too, but, at the same time, even after more than […]

A Bit of Information on the New GRE Format

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

If you’re planning to apply to graduate school in the next year, you’re probably thinking about taking the GRE – the “Graduate Record Examination,” which is required for admission to many graduate programs.  You’ve probably also heard (possibly with some trepidation), that the GRE is making some changes to its test format and scoring, starting […]

What to Expect in a Graduate School Classroom

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

By the end of this semester I will have a total of seven graduate-level classes under my belt. Although different professors have had different teaching styles, I think I’m finally getting used to what to expect from a graduate school political science or history class. A lot of class discussion All but one of my […]

A Few American Idiosyncrasies

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Maria Guzenko is from Russia and is currently studying in the U.S. for a degree in translation. On her blog, Maria lists some quirks she has noticed about American society: Only in the U.S., she says: * can a person who has no house still have a car * people go out to eat sandwiches […]

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Recap: Applying to Schools

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 9:31 am

“I want to study in US college but I do not know how,” wrote Mohamed on our Facebook page. “Before starting the process, I was really nervous and most of the things were confusing,” said Farima in her most recent blog post about applying to college. There are many steps and many things to think […]

Do You Know How to Give an ‘American Hug?’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am

This funny and informative video supposedly comes from a Columbia Business School Orientation in 2008. Topics covered: (1) How to recognize an American; (2) how to greet an American you’ve just met; (3) how to greet an American after having a few beers. Videos from the rest of the presentation are on the uploader’s YouTube […]

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I Am On My Way….To Graduate School!

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 10:32 am

I am on my way out! Yes, all year it’s been on my mind that this is my final year at college; that I shall be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in May. What then? Well, in truth, I have known for a while now which path I wanted to pursue. I have been interested […]

The Student Union Network Expands!

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Did you know that the Student Union has sister blogs in other languages?  There is a Spanish version of the Student Union called “Comité de Estudiantes,” and a Russian version called “Альма-матер.”  So, if Spanish or Russian is your native language, now you have twice the great blog posts to check out! And if you […]

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From High School to College: Applying for Admission

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 10:11 am

My senior year has been very busy, partly because of my college applications. Although it has been a very stressful period of time, it is still exciting when I think about getting in to college. It is good that I am studying in a prep school and my college counselor has been very supportive of […]

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