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Saying Goodbye and Moving On

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 9:32 am

What’s it like saying goodbye to your friends from high school? I never thought about this, but now I feel like it is one the hardest questions that I am answering. I can’t believe that it is already the end of the year. It is very sad. I have spent two years of school at […]

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Congratulations Class of 2011

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 8:40 am

Congratulations to everyone in the graduating class of 2011 – particularly our own graduating bloggers, Nareg Seferian (St. John’s College ’11) and Farima Afaq (Kent School ’11). In honor of graduation, here’s a commencement speech given last year at Lynn University by international student (and MBA recipient) Kuda Biza from Zimbabwe:

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Looking Back at Year One of Graduate School

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:26 am

My bags are packed, my final papers submitted, my apartment sublet, and as of next week I’ll be gone from George Washington University and the United States until the end of August.  It’s been a fast nine months, but I’ve officially reached the halfway point of my two-year graduate school program. To mark reaching the […]

Do Some Research Before Relying on an Agent

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 10:58 am

As much as we hate having to share cautionary tales, they do teach us what sort of scams to look out for.  Bloomberg published a long article about the use of recruiting agents in China, and how it can result in students being overcharged and led into bad situations. I’m sure this isn’t the case […]

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Students from Iran Tell Their Stories about Applying to Study in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 10:01 am

EducationUSA Iran has transcribed and translated a number of interviews with Iranian students about their experiences applying to U.S. colleges.  They’re worth reading, and also available in audio format for Persian speakers. Take a look in particular at the series in which a student named Arash talks about the process of getting a visa.  There […]

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A Graduation, a Commencement, and a Less-than-Mundane Farewell

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 10:37 am

As I write, I am feeling a culmination of sorts, as recent weeks have been filled with events for seniors graduating from St. John’s College. We had an emotional dinner with students and the faculty, a picnic, a softball game, and a formal ball all lined up last week before Commencement itself, which was this […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Anyways, Cookie-Cutter

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 am

Thanks to those of you who keep submitting terms for our Glossary of Confusing Words. If I haven’t gotten around to defining your word yet, I promise I’ll get there soon! Today we’re defining: “anyways” and “cookie-cutter.” They’re not exactly related to studying in the U.S., but they are both common idiomatic or slang words […]

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DO Study in the US, says UK’s Telegraph

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 9:17 am

We’ve spent the first half of this week getting realistic – talking about the situations in which someone might choose not to study in the U.S. Coincidentally, The Telegraph newspaper published a story yesterday explaining why studying in the U.S. is a great option for British students. “Many world-class institutions in the US are not […]

Don’t Study in the US: Part 3, the Cultural Side

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

Though it feels like most people talk about improving their career prospects or getting a better education when they discuss why they want to study in the U.S., in an informal survey on our Facebook page, the majority of you said the cultural experience of studying abroad was the most important reason to study overseas. […]

Don’t Study in the US: Part 2, A Deeper Look at the Pros and Cons

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 10:01 am

“I believe the education system in U.S. ranked the best in the world, and people who have studied in the United States are offered better jobs with better salaries and it’ll be easier for them to find a job,” said Abdullah Habibzai, a civil engineering student at the University of Missouri in an interview for […]

Don’t Study in the US (or, How to Make an Informed Choice): Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 9:56 am

For a whole academic year on this blog we have talked about what it’s like to study in the U.S. and how to make it happen, giving tips on everything from getting financial aid to acclimating to American society. But let’s be clear – our goal is not to say that studying in the U.S. […]

Follow a Mongolian Student Through the Admissions Process

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 11:34 am

The New York Times has spent the past few months following the journeys of several high school seniors as they apply to college for a series called “The Choice.”  Somehow we missed this before, but one of those students is an international student from Mongolia!  In her series of blog posts, Uyanga Tamir has written […]

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Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 10:08 am

Shu Wen Teo is a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, where she studies biology (and chemistry, and business administration, and would study political science too if she had the time).  She comes from Malaysia, and in addition to keeping up her busy academic schedule, she has devoted a lot of time to helping […]

New to the Glossary: Essay Question Words

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Thank you to those of you who keep submitting suggestions for our Glossary of Confusing Words.  We actually have a bunch of words to get to, so if you submitted a word and we haven’t defined it yet, sorry for the delay, but we’ll get to it eventually! Recently we had two separate submissions asking […]

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A Bit of Culture: Arts and Music on Campus

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 8:52 am

Sebastian Sanchez also contributed to this video, and the cellist is Yale University student Kevin Olusola. Performances were shot at Yale and the University of Kansas, and many thanks to EducationUSA for loaning us the cameras! For more about extracurricular activities in the U.S., read Natalia’s article comparing student activities in Ukraine and the U.S.

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