Practicing English

Is there anything more embarrassing for an English learner than being asked to repeat what you just said? Twice, thrice (that means three times) … each pointing out that you have not mastered English. Yet. (Worse is when the American you’re speaking with RAISES THEIR VOICE as if you are deaf instead of struggling.) Mastering…

Penn State Class of 2017

My great-grandfather starved to death. He died in the 50s. My dad doesn’t know the exact year, or even his name. He was one among untold millions of Chinese people who died during Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward.” It was a cold winter day; the earth was hard and frosted over. His family was so…

Rejected from Stanford, Accepted by Harvard

Not to discourage you or anything, but if you are gearing up to apply to Harvard University in Massachusetts, consider the odds. Last year, Harvard received almost 40,000 applications from students who hoped to be admitted as freshman to the Class of 2019. That was nearly 5 percent more over the year before. But Harvard can only…

CNN anchor Zain Asher graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism.

Almost 9,500 Nigerians study at more than 730 colleges and universities in the United States. Those U.S. universities include the University of Pennsylvania, Lafayette College, Tufts University, Vassar College, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Kansas, according to the latest Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education. Nigeria is the 15th leading place of…

Lexi Country brushing daughters hair

If you think it’s stressful trying to fit all your clothes into the closet of a shared triple, imagine trying to attend classes with a two year old. Nearly 5 million students in the U.S. are parents. Undergraduate students. In addition to school demands, student-parents face childcare costs and the stress of working one or more…

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International students often focus on just one or two universities when they start their search to study in the U.S.  Typically, they look at schools that are internationally known, or at a school a friend or relative attended. However, there are many factors to consider in choosing the right university for you, and the right…

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE STROME SCHOOL OF BUSINESS/ENTREPRENEURIAL CENTER, OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY - Mark Strome, right, speaks with Johnn Cujardo, 19, a student at Old Dominion University. Strome participated in a panel discussion about entrepreneurship at the Diehn Center at Old Dominion University  Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Norfolk, Va (Photo by Sammy Dallal/Invision for Strome School of Business/Entrepreneurial Center, Old Dominion University/AP Images)

The United States is consistently the top study abroad destination for students around the world, with nearly 900,000 international students coming to the U.S. to study during the 2013-2014 school year. But why do international students choose to come to the United States? While there are numerous different reasons, here are four of the reasons…