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Joseph Expands the List of Things That Cause Culture Shock

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 […]

Don’t Let First Impressions Ruin Your Roommate Relationship

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 (71). 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 […]

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