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9 Events for International Students: Sept. 3-8

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 11:22 am

Didn’t I tell you the next few weeks would be busy ones for online events and webinars?  This coming week is jam-packed, and features a number of events for prospective MBA students, including the Economist’s annual virtual fair, plus some events for Latino students. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back […]

A Story No One Should Have to Tell: Anna’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 10:49 am

Anna (not her real name) recently wrote in to talk about a difficult topic.  “This is a serious issue,” she said, “and I think it’s important to talk about it.” The issue was rape and sexual assault on campus – a serious one indeed, and one that Anna unfortunately had to deal with during her […]

How International Students Get a Driver’s License and Social Security Number

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

International students in America can get a U.S. driver’s license and a social security number (which you need in order to work), and the Department of Homeland Security compiled some useful guidance for students planning to apply for either. They tell students: 1. Wait ten days after you arrive in the United States. You may want […]

5 Freshman Mistakes We Made That You Can Avoid

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

We’re not ashamed to admit it; we made some mistakes when we came to the U.S. for the first time.  We brought the wrong things, said the wrong things, and ate the wrong things. But hopefully you can learn from our mistakes.  Here are five mistakes we made in our first year that you should […]

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Events for International Students: Aug 27-30

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 24th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

After a long summer drought in webinars and virtual fairs, the fall is coming back with a vengeance!  Coming up are a couple of packed weeks for admissions events and virtual college/grad school fairs, so stay tuned.  This week it’s all for grad students: law school seminars by Georgetown University, a Q+A on MBA admissions, […]

Back Up Plan for Transferring to a 4-Year College: Paolo’s Story Part II

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 am

In part I of Paolo’s story he discussed his decision to apply to community colleges, and how a great first year validated that choice.  In part II, it comes time for him to think about transferring to a university, and suddenly things don’t go as smoothly. My first year as a student at North Hennepin […]

Finding Success at a Community College: Paolo’s Story Part I

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I am about to turn 22. I have been accepted into several four-year institutions with partial scholarships to pursue a degree in several engineering areas, I have achieved a 4.0 GPA, and I have lived experiences I would have never had in my home country, Peru. My name is Paolo Castelo, and I am an […]

Getting to the US as a Wife and Mother: Sarah’s Story

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 11:19 am

We hear from many students who have faced unique challenges in studying in the U.S., but Sarah’s story is one we haven’t heard before.  She wrote to us to say that she was “over the moon” to receive her acceptance to Notre Dame University, but “the big question? How will we take the children calmly […]

Why is Pennsylvania So Haunted?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Want to know what Americans think of the various states in their country? You could look at the movies or TV shows made in/about each state.  You could look at the faux pas to avoid in each state (don’t put ketchup on a hot dog in Michigan!). Or you could look at what Google auto-complete has […]

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Events for International Students: Aug. 20-25

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

It’s a big week in online events for prospective college students.  CollegeWeekLive is holding its virtual college fair for international students. Plus, our weekly searching found some grad school webinars from Kaplan. 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 […]

What Was it Like to be a Chinese Student in 19th Century America?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Imagine the scene: “This group of boys, dressed in silk gowns, their queues flapping, was too much for New Englanders, be they small-town folk or city dwellers, to ignore. In Springfield, for example, the boys’ dinner at a local hotel was interrupted when an American woman, dining at a nearby table, stood up and wordlessly […]

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Solitary: Rahela’s Story of a Lonely First Year in America

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 9:21 am

Rahela spent her junior and senior years of high school studying in Vermont, and is now starting at an American college. She shared this story about her first year in the U.S., which held more than its fair share of disappointments. The United States is a multi-cultural country that is famous as a melting pot. […]

Staying Safe on a US Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

U.S. News and World Report recently published tips for researching the safety of a campus before you apply.  In particular, they advise prospective students and their parents to look at safety statistics for the campus and surrounding area: Beginning the search is simple, [Rob Hardin, assistant director of admissions and international student recruitment at the University […]

How Many International Olympians Studied in the US?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 7:27 am

I’m glad you asked!  We were curious about just that question, so we checked out the athlete bios on the London 2012 website to find out.  From the information available there, we found about 400 international athletes who studied in the U.S. for their degree! What countries do they come from? 1) Canada Canada’s Derek […]

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Events for International Students: Aug 13-17

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Kaplan is running events starting next week called “Grad Degree Series,” which seem to be a series of workshops focusing on grad degrees in various fields. Plus, coming up soon is CollegeWeekLive’s International Day virtual college fair for international students. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know […]

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