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Don’t Let First Impressions Ruin Your Roommate Relationship

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 9:51 am

You may remember Rahela from the story  she shared almost exactly a year ago, when she was finishing two years of high school in the U.S. She hadn’t made any close friends in those two years and was struggling to explain why. A year later, she’s just finished her freshman year in college. She went […]

No, You Will Not Meet Obama in DC: Keith’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 12:47 pm

You might remember Keith Mushonga from his vivid story about traveling to the U.S. for the first time. Well, he wanted to share a story of another travel adventure – his spring break trip to Washington, D.C. Keith says the trip was organized for international students by his school’s international center, and excitement and anticipation […]

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Ilham Lists 10 Ways a Great Mentor Can Improve Study Abroad

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Ilham was part of the Community College Initiative this past year, studying social media at Madison Area Technical College. As part of the program, each student at the school was matched with a mentor family in the community to “help us not only introduce American culture directly but also help ease our transition and have […]

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Professors Like Good Writers, Risk-takers: 5 Questions with Dr Tobie Tondi

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Dr. Tobie Tondi is a theology professor at the University of San Diego, and a Sister of the Holy Child, who has taught international students, and has been an international student herself. Our special correspondent Zuleyma Ramirez interviewed Dr. Tondi to find out what international students should know if they want to succeed in a U.S. […]

What Would You Do If You Met This American?

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Certainly we’ve had many people share their good experiences interacting with Americans and meeting their fellow classmates, but not every experience is a positive one. A commenter calling himself “AGradStudent” wrote in to tell us about a less-than-stellar experience with one of his classmates in Wisconsin. What would you do in his place? Do you […]

The Anxiety, Nerves and Excitement of Your First Arrival: Keith’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

The chaos of traveling. The mixed emotions of leaving your family. The fear and excitement of that moment when the plane takes off and it all becomes real. We’ve shared several stories of what it’s like to arrive in the U.S. for the first time, but perhaps none as vivid as this, submitted by Keith […]

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Tomoko Describes the Disappointment of Eating Sugary American Desserts

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Tomoko has been living in New Hampshire since last August, studying child development at Southern New Hampshire University, and enjoying herself. There’s only one thing she really dislikes about her new life in the U.S., and she wrote in to share her one big disappointment: Hello, America! You are too sweet. Hello, America, I came […]

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Inside a Middle School Classroom: Creative Homework, Running Through Corridors

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We’ve heard many stories of what college and university classes are like: Heavy on the reading, wrote Chris, with assignments due all throughout the semester, added Mohammed, and a heavy emphasis on class participation and critical thinking. Lax in terms of classroom discipline, noted Anna, but with a real expectation that students take personal responsibility for […]

Can I Receive Multiple I-20s?

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 10:27 am

We got an email from Mike, who said he just got his first acceptance letter and is waiting to receive the I-20 form. But: “…there are still 2 other universities i’m interested in. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE TWO I-20s FROM DIFFERENT COLLEGES AT THE SAME TIME THEN CHOOSE ONE AFTER RECEIVING THE I-20s?” The […]

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K.K Describes What it Feels Like to Get Rejected From Your Dream School

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Some people submit their college applications not knowing where they will end up. They try for some reach schools and some safe schools, hoping for multiple acceptances and the chance to make a choice between options. For them, rejections are tough, but there’s always a plan B. But some students know exactly where they will […]

Olga-Sofia Offers Five Pieces of Unsolicited Advice for College Newbies

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 3:43 pm

You’ve probably seen by now some of the stories that we’ve featured from people responding in our comments section or using our submission form. Often people write in to respond to stories we’ve posted with their own anecdotes, or to tell a story from their time in the States. Not Columbia University student Olga-Sofia. She […]

Arty Suggests That Befriending Americans is Good Career Preparation

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

One of our most popular posts examines why Americans and international students often don’t become friends, even though both groups say they want to mingle more. For Arty, making the effort to overcome that barrier is about more than just having more friends – it’s about adapting to aspects of American culture, such as working […]

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Ilham Shares Important Lessons Learned Through a Travel Disaster

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

A few weeks ago, Zita told her story of flying to New York for the first time, and the mistakes she made. Turns out that’s nothing compared to Ilham’s story. Ilham is from Indonesia and studying at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin as part of the Community College Initiative program. He wrote in to talk […]

Aya’s Story: A Muslim Woman Breaks Stereotypes at a Southern Church

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Aya Chebbi is at Georgia Southern University as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. She’s been taking the opportunity to teach students and local groups about her country, Tunisia, her religion, Islam, and all about her heritage and culture. Recently she spoke with one group that had a particular impact on how […]

Aditi Describes What Happens at Sorority Rush Week

by Guest Post - Posts (66). 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 […]

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