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The Time I Was Told To ‘Go Back to Your Own Country and Improve Your English’

by guosilu - Posts (1). Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Recently I went to see a movie called “Pitch Perfect” with Emanuele, one of my best American friends. “How did you feel about that?” she asked me on our way to the parking lot. We pushed the door and walked into freezing wind. “Well, yes I think that is pretty much it. It’s true,” I said. […]

The Novelty Has Worn Off. So What Now?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

After conquering my first action-packed semester in the US, when I returned for my second after the Christmas break I expected to come back almost victorious. I had overcome all the nerves I had felt before I first came, and had had an incredible few months. Instead, upon returning to campus I was hit by […]

Is the Southern US More Like Asia Than Like the North?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:08 am

“I wish I had known that this would be such a huge adjustment,” wrote Reddit user forthelulzac about moving from America’s northeast to the southern state of South Carolina. The comment sparked a flurry of agreement from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.  Americans from the north and the south might be citizens of the […]

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Host Family, Apartment or Dorm? Picking a Place to Live

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

When I started this year at school, I knew my ideal living situation couldn’t last much longer. I had come over to the U.S. with my parents, and had lived with them for most of my education, but now they were moving back to Indonesia and I had only a few months to figure out […]

4 Free Online Events for International Students: Jan. 28-Feb. 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Once again we’ve scoured the internet to find upcoming free webinars and other events of interest to anyone who wants to study in the U.S.  A relatively light week this week, but still worth checking out. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the […]

Is College Life Reality or Fantasy? Does it Matter?

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 11:27 am

“The situation in the Middle East is getting even more complicated. Hamas just doesn’t want to sit down at the negotiation table. They are terrorists. They should stop killing Israeli civilians.” “But you can’t blame one side for all the atrocities that are happening. The Israeli government also should stop bombing Gaza strip and killing […]

Nicola Asks Whether Studying Abroad is a Rejection of Your Own Country

by Guest Post - Posts (67). Posted Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 6:36 pm

“If you love your country so much, why are you leaving?” That’s the provocative question South African student Nicola Soekoe asked in a blog post about her decision to study abroad at Yale University. She wrote: I would ask myself, “If I am as dedicated to uplifting South Africa and Africa as I say I […]

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The Doors I Closed When I Came to the US

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Perhaps all international students discover at some point that going to college in the States costs more than they pay in money terms. I have experienced personal costs that will impact my life long after my education here is done. Some I was prepared to encounter, and others caught me off-guard. I don’t regret my […]

8 Free Online Events for International Students Jan. 20-25

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Once again we’ve scoured the internet to find upcoming free webinars and other events of interest to anyone who wants to study in the U.S.  This week: plenty of events for future TOEFL-takers, grad students, and MBA hopefuls. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Honor Code

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Sadly, I can’t remember who suggested we add “honor code” to our ever-growing Glossary of Confusing Words (if it was you, let me know so I can give you credit!), but it’s a good one. If you’re not familiar with our Glossary of Confusing Words, it’s our attempt to clarify and define all the words […]

Interesting Tidbit of American Culture: Yelling ‘Play Freebird’ at a Concert

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

If you go to enough concerts in the U.S., eventually you will hear it.  It will probably be towards the end of the night, as the band is winding up, maybe trying to decide what to play for their final song.  And then someone will yell out,  ”Play Freebird!” The response from the other concert-goers […]

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He Who Gives His All: Andreas’s Story of Applying for the CCI Program

by Guest Post - Posts (67). Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Man Jadda Wajadda – he who gives his all will surely succeed. Through this Arabic phrase, I finally reached my dream to study in the U.S. After a long selection process, on August 2, 2011, I went to Atlanta, Georgia as a Community College Initiative (CCI) student. This was how Andreas started his story of […]

The US in Words #6: Pinned Down (How I Discovered my Own Identity)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

The sixth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. To pin (something/someone) down = to get exact or specific information on/from There were a few things I was sure I was before coming to the United States: blond, big, and Uruguayan. However, all of these things, which were […]

7 Free Online Events for International Students Jan. 14-18

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 1:02 am

After a long break for the holidays, online events are back! As usual, we’ve scoured the internet to find upcoming free webinars and other events of interest to anyone who wants to study in the U.S.  This week: two events for TOEFL-takers, plus events for undergraduate and graduate applicants. If you attend any of these events, […]

When Your Race Is Not the Only Race: An Education in Diversity

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Being in a multiracial environment changes how you view yourself and the world. Whatever your race is, when you are surrounded by people of another race, you become more aware of your color, your looks, your accent, and the people who you ‘belong to.‘ You start to see that the world is divided by subtle […]

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