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Why the Instructions are the Most Important Part of an SAT Subject Test

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Over the past few months Shree has been sharing his experience applying to colleges in the U.S. Several of the steps have caused him some stress, but perhaps none so much as when he took the SAT subject tests. A mistake on his answer sheet caused his scores to be delayed, and left him in […]

SAT Exam to be Redesigned

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

The president of the College Board announced plans to redesign the SAT exam in an email to College Board members earlier this week, which was also posted on the group’s Facebook page. “We will develop an assessment that mirrors the work that students will do in college so that they will practice the work they […]

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I’d Rather Be Cleaning: Why The Easy Life Isn’t For Everyone

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Rin Ichino is a Japanese exchange student from the University of Tokyo spending a year at Bates College in Maine. When she arrived, she found that there was something about her new campus life that made her uneasy – the lack of chores. From cleaning the buildings to emptying the trash, there are maintenance staff […]

Show Us: Where Do You Spend Your Time at School?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Do you have a favorite spot on campus? A place you wish you could escape but just can’t get away from (the dreaded library cubicle)? Someplace only you know about? We want to see it! Send us a picture of the place where you spend the most time. We’ll post our favorites next week. Send […]

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8 Free Online Events for International Students: Feb. 24-Mar. 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 6:00 pm

And here we go with our Friday round up of online webinars and virtual fairs for prospective or current international students.  This week features a lot of variety – everything from sports scholarships to historically black colleges/universities to “Big 10” schools – plus an interesting-sounding event from the College Board for those who are college-bound. […]

Fawad and Buzkashi Boys: Does Hard Work, or Fate and Coincidence, Create Success?

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

As I surf my Facebook newsfeed, a photo catches my attention. Two Afghan boys smile broadly as they board a Turkish airplane. The boys are Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz, the lead actors in “Buzkashi Boys,” an Oscar-nominated short film about friends who dream of becoming horseback riders in Afghanistan’s fierce version of polo. These […]

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Aditi Describes What Happens at Sorority Rush Week

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

What is “rush week” at an American university? Aditi Bhowmick, a writer for International Student Voice, went through rush at Cornell University, and had this unusual description of the phenomenon: Rush week is basically seven days when one will see the most number of girls you have ever seen in your entire lives trudging through […]

The US in Words #7: YOLO (Finding a Better Version of Myself)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 10:54 am

The seventh in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. YOLO = You only live once A friend who I had met at a hostel in Philadelphia recommended I get a tattoo with the inscription “YOLO,” which stands for “You Only Live Once.” I hadn’t heard the phrase […]

4 Free Online Events for International Students: Feb. 17-23

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

It’s time for our Friday round up of online webinars and virtual fairs happening in the next week.  This week features the semi-regular International Day virtual college fair over at CollegeWeekLive for prospective undergraduates. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, […]

Shopaholic’s Guide to US Measures: 10 Inches = 2 High Heels

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I was and still am used to thinking about the world in terms of meters, centimeters, grams and kilograms. Even though I had to memorize the conversion system when I was preparing for my SAT, I quickly forgot it because it felt very unnatural to me. So, in my first year in the U.S., every […]

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Replay: Our State of the Union Watch Party

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thanks to everyone who joined our State of the Union watch party last night.  We had an amazing group that included some of our Student Union bloggers and other international students from around the world who got together right after Obama’s speech to discuss what he talked about … and what he left out.  If […]

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1 Degree Fahrenheit: Could You Take It?

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 10:34 am

Three weeks into the spring semester and guess what? A major snowstorm, called snowstorm Nemo, has already hit and my college had to shut down operations. Yes, I definitely enjoyed the lazy day thoroughly, but the cold? Not so much. I was a spring admit, so I got to America towards the end of December […]

Nhat Describes Why Celebrating the Lunar New Year in America Just Isn’t the Same

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 12:49 am

Around this time last year, Nicholas regaled us with tales of spending his first Lunar New Year in the U.S. – the reunion dinner his Asian friends cooked together, the traditions he taught his American friends, and why it wasn’t so bad to be away from home during the holiday. But Facebook fan Nhat had […]

10 Free Online Events for International Students: Feb. 10-16

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Maybe it’s the Lunar New Year that’s got the internet in a giving mood, or the loving glow of Valentine’s Day.  Either way, this week is jam-packed with webinars for anyone thinking of applying to a U.S. school. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you […]

To My Muslim Friends: Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

When I started the process of applying to undergraduate schools in the United States, I never thought about whether America would be a welcoming place for a young Muslim student. I read articles that talked about the diverse America, the melting pot America, and the land of dreams America. I had conversations with friends who […]

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