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Need an Extension on a Paper? Offer a Compromise Instead

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 10:34 am

I still had two hours until the submission deadline when I got to the Mount Holyoke library to print out my eight-page final paper. I put my belongings, including the USB drive with my paper on it, on a desk near the computer and went to say hi to a friend at the other end […]

How to Be a Good Student in America: 3 Dos and Don’ts

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

DOs DON’Ts Persevere Cheat Ask professors for help Chase two hares at a time Speak out Stop trying DO: Persevere Writing papers has always been a challenge for me. The type of writing that is considered a vital skill in the U.S., being able to construct and defend an argument, is not something I learned […]

Absolute or Relative Excellence: Are American Schools Teaching Students to Underachieve?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I graduated from high school in Russia with all As. At graduation, those of us who had achieved all As were called on the stage to receive a special award. It’s not based on class rank, percentile, or GPA range. Only absolute excellence. That’s how Russian schools define success. You either meet all the standards or […]

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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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 […]

Two Russians Discussing American Education

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This year is my second year at Mount Holyoke College and my third year in the States. Yet even after so much time here, there are still moments when I realize how culturally different Americans are, and I feel like screaming, “I don’t belong here!” I contacted my friend Dmitry, who is finishing his third […]

Getting the Most Out of Work-Study

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

When I received my admission letter to Mount Holyoke College, I also received a set of documents outlining my financial aid package: a big grant, a much smaller loan, and earnings from my future work on campus. I had expected loans and grants, but didn’t know much about how on-campus work would help fund my […]

Where Would You Go to Find Yourself?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 11:29 am

If you had a chance to go anywhere in the world and do one thing for your career over the summer, what would you do? When I say I am majoring in economics, most people try to clarify. “Consulting?” they ask. “Management?” But my passion is development economics; that is, economics of poor and least […]

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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 […]

All My Plans Fell Apart, and That’s a Good Thing

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

One thing I have learned over the past school year is the importance of being flexible. Before I even landed in the U.S., I knew what I would be majoring in, what classes exactly I would take each of my five semesters at Mount Holyoke, and what extra-curriculars I would pursue. However, now, one year […]

Why You Should Consider Quality of International Student Services When Picking a School

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 7:43 am

When we, international students, make a list of schools we will be applying to, we may have a lot of criteria. For some of us, academic reputation is the most important factor, and for many availability of financial aid will play a decisive role. Location also tends to come into our calculations. But a commonly […]

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Is Passion More Important for Admissions Than Test Scores or GPA?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

One thing I learned when I was applying to U.S. universities is that standing out to the admissions committee requires much more than good test scores.  The most competitive candidates will all have well beyond average SAT and TOEFL scores, outstanding recommendation letters, and thoughtful essays.  But even that won’t guarantee them a spot at […]

10 Ways Being a Student in the US is Different Than in Russia

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Being a student in the U.S. is different in a lot of ways than what I experienced back in Russia.  Classes are taught differently, schools are run differently, and grades are doled out differently – some for the good and some for the bad.  Here are the top 10 things I’ve had to adjust to […]

Make the Most of These Campus Resources

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, November 17th, 2011 at 11:20 am

Have you ever thought what your university is most proud of? What is its most precious resource? You got it right – it is the accomplished professors teaching at your school who are the most valuable resource for students like you. They are here to empower you with knowledge, inspire you to pursue issues you […]


by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 12:38 pm

A pair of high-heeled shoes is an irreplaceable accessory for almost every Russian woman. We wear heels to school, work, trips, restaurants, everywhere… We just love them, even though they hurt and make our feet get tired quickly… When I came to the U.S., I continued to wear my favorite pair of high heels, even […]

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