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Finding a Substitute for the Campus Visit

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 10:35 am

In the summer of their junior year of high school, many American students will take time to visit the colleges to which they plan to apply. Their goal is to learn more about the schools and decide where they might be a good fit. For a lot of international students coming to the U.S., making […]

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Looking Back at a Year of Blogging: Sports and Movie Stars

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? #1) Football and Patriotism: A Super American Day, by Nareg Nareg is one of my favorite writers for the blog, It’s always interesting how he portrays American-ness in his blog posts. #2) Meeting Movie Stars and Oscar Winners, by Tara As a movie buff, I […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Beg the Question, Bucket List

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 11:24 am

New additions to the Glossary of Confusing Words!  This time we have two colloquial phrases you might hear in everyday conversation. 1) Beg the Question I notice it frequently used by writers, journalists, television and radio reporters, etc. It is mistakenly being used as a synonymous wording for “raise the question,” or “ask the question.” […]

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Student Visa Tips from Visa Officers

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 10:17 am

In a recent interview for the Saudi Gazette, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh talked about some of the biggest mistakes students make when applying for their F-1 student visas, and gave advice for getting through the process successfully. It was the second time this month we heard visa tips from real visa officials […]

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Is Having An Accent a Positive or a Negative?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

On his blog about life at Berkeley College in New York, blogger Jose Navarro debates whether having an accent is a positive or a negative for international students in the US. He writes of his English language skills: Now, it’s not that I have a problem with the language, but I do (as most of […]

What Made a Zimbabwean Decide to Study Chinese…in China?

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 8:30 am

Prior my arrival in the States, I was uncertain of my major and hesitant about whether to dabble in economics or continue with natural sciences. The only thing that I was certain of was that I wanted to learn Chinese. Today, a year later, I have been presented with an opportunity to study in China […]

A Little Something to Sweeten Your Day

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 6:26 am

This is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen – just had to share… @me_and_only_me writes on Twitter: My doll! back to me after 30yrs I gave it to my sis when she left to study in the US, I was 6

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Memorable Posts: American Culture and Returning Home

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 6:47 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? I went through the posts, and picked the ones I remembered. Here they are, in no particular order (except perhaps chronological): #1) How to Speak English Fluently?, by Nick I thought that one was helpful when it comes to learning and getting accustomed to the […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Gotten

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I have seen many Americans use this phrase “I have gotten” rather than “I have got”,which is more frequently used in other english-speaking countries and although I have searched in many dictionaries I still have not understood when one should use this phrase. There’s a difference between the way the verb “to get” is conjugated […]

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Top 5 Informational Posts: Start Here

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 8:44 am

The final, and possibly most important, of our recaps looks back at the most informative posts we’ve done over the past year. If you’re just discovering this blog or just starting to think about studying in the U.S., these posts will be a good way to start. Top 5 most informative posts: #1) Applying to […]

Some Personal Favorites from the Past Year: Cultures, Subcultures, and Love

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I did a similar list at Christmas time, so I won’t repeat any of the posts I listed there. Take a look back at that post from December 2010 to see some previous favorites worth checking out. Top 5 personal favorites #1) We Are Not Terrorists: Muslim Experiences on Campus, Question of the Week Also:My […]

Top 5 Most Shared Posts on Facebook and Twitter

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Continuing our look back at the top posts of the past school year, here are your… Top 5 most shared posts on Facebook and Twitter: #1) Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story They talked about how free the U.S. education is and they talked about liberal arts education where if you […]

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of the School Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

As the academic year comes to an end and summer vacation begins, we’ll take a look back at the past school year and share some of your favorite posts…and some of our favorites too!  So stay tuned over the next week or so for a bunch of lists recapping the best of the past school […]

Quick Programming Note

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’m on vacation this week (everyone needs one sometimes…), but don’t think that means you get a break from Student Union. Over the course of the week, we’ll take a look back at some of the best and most memorable posts from the past year. It’s just our first year, but it’s been a good […]

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Avoid These Common Faux Pas in American Cities

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Want to avoid embarrassment when visiting U.S. cities? There’s a great series of posts on Q+A site Quora (a social question and answer site similar to Yahoo! Answers) discussing cultural faux pas to avoid in various cities. Some of the tips are serious (pretty please, don’t stand on the left side of an escalator in […]

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