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Perfecting the Scholarship Search: A Mother’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 11:55 am

A mother from Kazakhstan wrote to us to suggest we add the word “scholarship” to our Glossary of Confusing Words. As we talked more, it turned out the meaning of the word “scholarship” had been important for her – her two children went to college in the U.S. Here’s her story about what she learned […]

Being African or African-American in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

In this video, recorded by the U.S. Embassy in Harare, two Zimbabwean students discuss the experience of being black in America:

Everything You Need to Know about Dating an American and Having the ‘Relationship Talk’

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Having lived in the U.S. for two years now, I have been experienced many firsts, but none of them compare to the first I experienced last week – my first Valentine’s Day. Well, the first Valentine’s Day I actually got to celebrate, anyway. It is hard to believe that my first big day romance-wise happened […]

Events for International Students: Feb 27 – Mar 3

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 2:14 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 […]

Advice from Yale’s Dean of Admissions on Getting Rejected

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Yale University Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Brenzel has written some advice to applicants about how to choose among their college acceptances – and how to feel about the rejections.  It’s worth reading while you wait to hear back on your applications.  He writes: After years of experience, however, here is what I know, virtually […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Course

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Recently we defined the word “credit” in our ever-growing Glossary of Confusing Words as: …units used to measure the contribution that an academic course makes towards attaining your degree.  Universities require you to take a certain number of credits to graduate, and a certain number of credits each semester to maintain your status as a […]

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Share Your Opinion: Do American Students Like Their International Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 7:37 am

What do American students think about their international classmates? Do they like them, shun them or feel indifferent? Our bloggers have shared their own experiences making friends in the U.S., and most said that American students are eager to learn about foreign countries and customs. Nareg wrote, for example: I am happy to say that […]

Events for International Students: Feb. 20-24

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 4:30 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 […]

Is Passion More Important for Admissions Than Test Scores or GPA?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

One thing I learned when I was applying to U.S. universities is that standing out to the admissions committee requires much more than good test scores.  The most competitive candidates will all have well beyond average SAT and TOEFL scores, outstanding recommendation letters, and thoughtful essays.  But even that won’t guarantee them a spot at […]

A Day of Volunteering (With the Anaheim Ducks)

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Following my life principle that life is to learn and to do, I love taking part in volunteer activities for a better society. And U.S schools seem to have lots of opportunities, both on and off campus. Last week, I volunteered with my classmates at an event called “Anaheim Ducks First Flight Field Trip” for […]

Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Favorite International Student

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:18 am

We’ve had a few serious thoughts in the past on being in America for Valentine’s Day, but here are some light-hearted ways to show that special international student how you feel… 1) I’ve got my I-20 and my financial statements ready… 2) But is it a grant or a loan?

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Soap Opera? Play? Simulation? A Chinese Perspective on American Arts and Entertainment

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 11:28 am

When I was still in China, the only American art or entertainment I knew about was the American soap operas. In fact, I got my initial impression of America from “Criminal Minds,” “Sex and the City,” “Gossip Girl” and so on. Although these soap operas were quite ridiculous, even to my eyes, I still believed […]

Events for International Students: February 13-17

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 7:28 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 […]

Interesting Discussion Alert: What Happens if You Lie on an Application?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

What happens if you lie on your application?  We found out one possible answer recently, when it emerged that UCLA’s MBA program has rejected 52 applicants already this year for plagiarizing their admissions essays.  BusinessWeek reported that nearly 20 other business schools are using the same software that allowed UCLA to root out the plagiarized […]

10 Ways Being a Student in the US is Different Than in Russia

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Being a student in the U.S. is different in a lot of ways than what I experienced back in Russia.  Classes are taught differently, schools are run differently, and grades are doled out differently – some for the good and some for the bad.  Here are the top 10 things I’ve had to adjust to […]

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