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5 Lessons From a Year in the States

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 7:17 pm

In a little more than a month, I will start my second year at Mount Holyoke College. I have learned a lot in the past year, both about how to succeed in the U.S. education system and about what I want out of my education. Here the five biggest lessons I’m taking away from my […]

Just When I Learn the Answers, They Change the Questions: A Zimbabwean’s Journey

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 10:29 am

I smile wryly as I go through my freshman photos. It is hard to believe that just 2 years ago, I arrived in the United States, fresh-faced and starry eyed; weighed down by suitcases, expectations and an overwhelming fear of the unknown. In my head, as well as in my diary and journal, was a clear […]

Events for International Students: July 30-Aug 3

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This week in our events list we’ve got an MBA-themed webinar, plus a TOEFL webinar for Spanish speakers that we found in a tweet from the Educational Testing Service. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just […]

Every School You Attend in the US Education System (New in the Glossary of Confusing Words)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Guillermo wrote in a while ago (sorry for the delay!) to ask our Glossary of Confusing Words about the word “high school.” “How many years?” he asked, wanting to know if a U.S. high school degree is equivalent to his Colombian “bachillerato” degree.  It was the perfect opportunity to do something we’ve been wanting to do […]

How I’m Going to Get Into Medical School as an International Student

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 9:50 am

The road to medical school is muddy, and one often stops to clean off the threatening mud. In my last post, I highlighted the difficulty in getting into med school as an international student, and how hard I know I will have to work to make it happen. I have spent the last year meeting […]

To Kiss or Not to Kiss?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

The New York Times took an interesting look this week at the question of when to greet an American with a kiss. The answer: it’s VERY confusing.  According to the article, it depends on everything from how well you know the person to where they’re from to their individual personality.  Our advice: be safe and […]

Posted in Culture Shock

Community College to University and Hoping for Med School in the States: Sisi’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm

A few months ago we published an article called, “Can International Students Attend American Medical School?,”  in which we learned how difficult it can be for international students to get admitted to American medical schools – and how many international students are determined to try for those few available spots.  Our blogger Promise is one […]

Events for International Students: July 23-27

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

We’re back with our weekly list of upcoming events of interest to those who want to study in the U.S.  This week we’ve got some webinars for prospective business students, and a big virtual fair for prospective public health students. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know […]

Saying Goodbye to My Fargo

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 9:22 am

“From the Great Lakes going down through Chicago, it seems to me that if you want to find America, that’s where it is.” – American actor William H. Macy. Macy was talking about his leading role in the Oscar-winning comedy/thriller Fargo, which takes place in the Midwest states of North Dakota and Minnesota. Fargo, the […]

Tags: Posted in After Graduation

Separation Between International and National Students Happens Everywhere

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

While we’ve been on vacation, you guys have been busy commenting and weighing in on our anonymous survey revealing the truth about how American students feel towards their international classmates. Take a look: Part 1: The Truth – Americans Reveal What They Really Think of International Students Part 2: Why Aren’t Americans and International Students Becoming Friends? […]

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