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The Personal Perks of Studying Abroad

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Todays post comes from Maria Torstad. Maria is from Norway, and is in Washington DC for one semester abroad. In this post, she shares her thoughts on what you can achieve while studying abroad, and her own personal experience on this subject.  Studying abroad encompasses loads of perks; you get to develop your language, it […]

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Pond of Memories

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Keith Mushonga, a French and English student at Winthrop University. You may remember some of his earlier posts – Keith writes with a great deal of vigor and emotion. Today’s post is on a topic common to all – but I imagine especially among international students: loneliness. It’s a […]

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Xiao Describes an Unusual Encounter on the Streets of New York

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 11:19 am

Cai Xiao is a Chinese student who came to the U.S. this summer with the goal of visiting several universities. She is hoping to do her graduate education in the States and says she saw the trip as a way to “get a better understanding” of her options and “to be responsible for my future.” […]

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Mirrah Explains Why Fasting During Ramadan is Harder in the US

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Mirrah is starting a master’s degree in bioengineering this fall at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. But before she begins her studies, she had to conquer another challenge – her first Ramadan and Eid-al Fitr in the U.S. She wrote to us to “share my story about how I fasted and how I celebrated.” […]

Inachu Describes Why Culture Shock is a Good Thing

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Last week Phileas described how international students sometimes isolate themselves, even from other international students. But Inachu wrote in to say that there’s so much to be learned from other students while in the U.S., including from the other international students. Here’s why Inachu says culture shock, and going out of your comfort zone, is […]

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Ayad Describes His First Impressions of America: ‘People Here Are Very Supportive’

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 9:41 am

Ayad wrote in to share this account of his first few days in the States: It’s been a couple of days since I touched down here in America and I am just surprised and happy to see the kindness of people here and their will to help me as foreigner. Honestly people here are very […]

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Do You Agree With Phileas’ Description of How International Students Isolate Themselves?

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

We’ve discussed many times the fact that it’s not always easy for international students and Americans to become friends. It can be comforting to seek out friends from your own country or background while in a foreign place, and Americans often don’t realize that they need to make more effort to help international classmates feel […]

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A Hard Pill to Swallow: Why Your Parents Don’t Want You to Go to the US

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

It was Phillip who sparked the idea. “Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what our parents think of this journey?” he said. After all, they’re a huge part of our journey, watching us and hopefully supporting us from afar. Do they spend that time worrying about us? Fretting over how we’ve changed? Telling their friends about all our […]

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Why Chinese Students Don’t Need an English Name

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Names can be a tricky thing for an international student. We’ve had some fun exploring how names that are unfamiliar to Americans can be mispronounced and mangled, and we’ve discussed how many international students attempt to preempt this by choosing an English name. Hậu became Nick, Tiantiac chose Tara. When Chinese student Jialing Huang started […]

Getting the Edge as an International Applicant to Medical School

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 am

Just like every foreign student planning to apply for medical school in the United States, I have heard all the stories deterring us from even considering this option. They’re not just rumors. The admissions office at Yale University says on its webpage: It is extremely difficult for international applicants who are not citizens or permanent […]

Joseph Expands the List of Things That Cause Culture Shock

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Last week Ilham described some of the difficulties he’s had readjusting to Indonesian culture after his year in the States – unorganized queues, scary traffic, and a flexible sense of being on time all made his list of things that have required some getting used to. Well, Joseph wrote in to add to that list […]

Photos: Extracurriculars Build Community at a US Boarding School

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Yesterday Joy Wang gave us a peek inside her life at the prestigious and exclusive Phillips Academy Andover, a high school with an acceptance rate lower than most colleges. It was in part her desire to stay involved with extracurricular activities that led her to apply, and almost certainly her passion for these activities that […]

Life at One of America’s Most Prestigious Prep Schools

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Phillips Academy Andover (sometimes called Phillips Academy, Andover or P.A.) is one of the most prestigious schools in the U.S. It’s hard to get admitted, not much easier when you get in, and far removed in pretty much every way from the public high schools most Americans experience. Joy Wang left her high school in […]

Jose Explains 3 Types of Americans and How to Interact With Them

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

On the question and answer site Quora, Jose Carlos Marquez described the many ways Americans may react to international students. “Americans are very friendly in general,” he wrote, explained that forming deep friendships with American classmates can be difficult but that these friendships do develop with time. However, he noted, some Americans are easier to […]

Reverse Culture Shock is a Lonely Experience

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

After Ilham’s year at Madison College as part of the Community College Initiative program, he knew to experience some reverse culture shock when he went home. But he wrote in to share how he wasn’t prepared for what it was really like to go back to Indonesia; in particular, he’s having trouble rekindling relationships with […]

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