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Could You Get Used to Dinner at 5:30?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 5:04 pm

File this under things you never thought to worry about. The Oklahoma Daily reports that five months into the school year, international students have adjusted to just about everything about American life – except the meal times. “They eat anything at anytime,” Amélie Plot said. The French law student said she’s not used to eating […]

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Not the Home of My Memories, but Still Home

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 11:28 am

We’ve been hearing a lot about how studying abroad changes your definition of home.  Olena found it difficult at first to settle back into life in Ukraine.  For Sebastian, transitioning between Kansas and Bolivia is easy, but he struggled to accept that Kansas now feels as much like home as his birthplace.  Qian too feels […]

Don’t Blame Yourself: Advice for Getting Through an Early Decision Rejection

by Abhushan Gautam - Posts (2). Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

You’ve toiled very hard for this. I know you have.  Some of you may have been planning out your college applications since the early years in high school, while others worked late nights to get things done at the last moment.  I’m sure a few of you are looking at this calmly, holding an early […]

Events For International Students: January 30 – February 3

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 11:09 am

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or […]

Does Gaining a New Home Mean Giving Up the Old One?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 11:47 am

While spending my winter break with my family in Bolivia, I received a message from a school friend in Kansas asking me, “When are you home?” It was a simple question, but it caught me off guard. She just wanted to know when I was planning on getting back to Kansas, but I was struck […]

In Pictures: A Vietnamese Tet in America

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Vietnamese people celebrate the Lunar/Chinese New Year as Tet.  It’s a meaningful occasion for every Vietnamese – a time for family reunions, greetings and making New Year’s wishes. This is the second year that I did not celebrate the Tet holidays in my home country. But happily, since I am living among the biggest Vietnamese […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Credit

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

The Glossary of Confusing Words is back, with this great suggestion from Nader: credit in the courses may be confused with credit in banking Credit is one of those English words with lots of different uses.  It can refer to money (“credit card,” to buy something “on credit”) or reputation (“you have to give her […]

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Webinar Update: International Student Career Fairs

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at 9:40 am

Thanks to Michigan State University, we just found out about two virtual career fairs tailored to international students currently in the U.S., which we neglected to include in last week’s list of webinars: January 25-26 Big 10 International Career Fair More details: http://international.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/

My Ang Pows Wait at Home While I Celebrate a Different Chinese New Year in the US

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 11:04 am

For those that are unfamiliar with the Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year in the U.S.), it is one of the most important celebrations among Chinese populations around the world. On Chinese New Year’s eve, the entire extended family will gather for a reunion dinner, which is a […]

Did You Know TOEFL Has a YouTube Channel?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Once again, we haven’t got any webinars to share for next week. But once again the internet has come through with something equally useful to tide us over until February, when things kick back into high gear. A couple of people asked us this week about studying for the TOEFL, and in looking for good […]

Why I’m Studying Pre-Med, Despite the Odds

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 10:45 am

A few weeks ago we discussed how difficult it is to get into an American medical school as an international student.  Many of them don’t consider international applicants at all, and there’s very little scholarship money available. [Read about applying to medical school as an international student] But a small number of international students DO […]

If You Stop Learning When You Leave the Classroom, You’re Doing it Wrong

by Cristiana - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 10:36 am

I went to college in Romania, studying Psychology at the University of Bucharest. From the beginning I was involved in extracurricular activities, from the school to the national level. I didn’t even think about them as extracurricular – I just loved doing things, working with students from other disciplines, coordinating teams, organizing events and going […]

Yemeni Student Promotes Peace, Human Rights

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

When we tell stories of international students sharing their culture, we’re usually talking about their native foods or traditional holidays. But Augsburg College brings us this story of a freshman who is helping his classmates understand how a Yemeni views human rights and peace.

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Reflecting on Dr. King’s Legacy

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2007, my public speaking professor challenged me and my classmates to each make a presentation that was […]

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Events About Studying in the US: Jan. 16-20

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

We’re searching the web to find webinars and other online events of interest to prospective international students. Check here each Friday to find out what’s coming up in the next week. Your end of the bargain? If you attend, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or […]

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