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U.S. State Department Hosting Google+ Hangout on “The Benefits of Studying Abroad”

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 2:56 pm

The U.S. Department of State is hosting two Google+ Hangout on the benefits of studying abroad. The hangout on Thursday, May 29 is geared specifically towards students looking to study abroad. The State Department’s full release is below: Did you know that the U.S. Department of State offers scholarships for high school students to study […]

Road Runner

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 9:40 am

Today’s post is from Sisbusisiwe Mukwakwami, a very talented freshman student studying at the University of California Berkeley. Sibusisiwe is from Zimbabwe and last year won a national prize in that country’s Black History essay competition, among other honors. She’s currently exploring several areas of study, including Economics, Literature and Molecular Biology. It’s 6.30 am […]

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 […]

5 Simple Habits to Raise Your GPA

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Maintaining a good GPA is one of the most important objectives for most college students. For potential employers, it may be a key way they can judge your diligence and work ethic. If you start off with a low GPA, it can be an insurmountable struggle to bring it up, and may cause you to […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Rules You Need to Follow when Working with American Students

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 10:46 am

I gave a sigh of relief – our research project and presentation would be in a group! Now my friends would help me with English, and I wouldn’t have to worry that I would mess up the presentation because of my language skills. This was 9 months ago, in the summer of 2012, before I […]

The Must-have Items for Surviving School in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 9:52 am

Let’s be honest, as fun and exciting as it is to be a university student, it can also be TOUGH. Not only do you have to stay on top of all the schoolwork, meaning long hours of studying and more reading than is humanly possible, but it is also often a time of intense personal […]

Staying Impractical, the Smart Choice

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Today’s the day my life begins. Today I become a citizen of the world. Today I become a grown up. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself and my parents. Accountable for more than my grades. Today, I become accountable to the world. To the future. To all the possibilities that life has […]

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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 […]

My Love Affair with Anthropology

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

After I was admitted as a transfer student by University of Virginia, I went to a send-off party hosted in Beijing by its alumni and the Office of Engagement for incoming undergraduate and graduate students, in order to learn more about my new school. I was a finance major at my school in China, and […]

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Take a Tour of our Favorite Campus Study Spaces

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8:01 am

Whether we like it or not, the activity that takes up most of our time – more time than even sleeping – is studying. So it’s important to find a great place to do it, and all of us have found those unique study spaces that have become like our second homes. Come with us […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Honor Code

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Sadly, I can’t remember who suggested we add “honor code” to our ever-growing Glossary of Confusing Words (if it was you, let me know so I can give you credit!), but it’s a good one. If you’re not familiar with our Glossary of Confusing Words, it’s our attempt to clarify and define all the words […]

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