All posts by Abuzar Royesh

American or Afghan Restaurants: Mirrors of Modern Culture

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

The last day of spring break marked the birthdays of two of my school friends. We had planned to treat them to a surprise party in a restaurant, however as we struggled to decide on a place to go it was I who experienced the biggest surprise. Typing “great restaurants in Boston” into Yelp’s search […]

Tags: Posted in Uncategorized

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 […]

Tags: Posted in After Graduation

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 […]

Finding Inspiration for Afghanistan in America’s Election

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Tufts: where more people watch the election than the Super Bowl… — Matt McDonald (@mattmcd88) November 7, 2012 Two weeks ago, I was standing among a throng of students in Hotung Café at Tufts University—a crowd burning in anticipation to learn the outcome of the presidential election. I had left my quiet dorm room […]

‘Who Are You?’ What it Means to be an Afghan Among Americans

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 11:38 am

“Hey, who are you?” The straightforward question came to me in my first day as a high school student in America. I was about to begin the biography-like chronicle of my life, as I would when I was back in Afghanistan, when it hit me. Who was I, indeed? It was then that I truly […]

The Student Union is…

A place to hear stories about studying in the U.S. Our bloggers have come from all over the world to U.S. universities, and they'll be sharing their experiences, advice and more.

Learn more about this blog »

Share your own story!
Tell us about your experiences applying to the US, studying in America, or doing an exchange, and we may include it on the blog.


Glossary of Confusing Words

Find definitions of confusing words and terms about studying in the U.S. in our Glossary of Confusing Words.

All the words were submitted by YOU, so visit the glossary to see the words that have been defined already and to suggest your own.