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I Found ‘the Opposite of Loneliness’ Too

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life,” wrote Marina Keegan about graduating with the Yale University class of 2012. In her essay “The Opposite of Loneliness,” Marina describes the feeling as one of knowing you have an abundance of […]

Spoiled for Dining Options on Campus, BUT…

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I have no complaints, only compliments, for the food served in my college’s dining hall and food court (which we call the PDen, rhyming with my college’s mascot the Paladin). Don’t get me wrong, the food isn’t exceptional or extraordinary, but they try hard to listen to our feedback and meet our needs. Plus, since […]

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Ilham Shares Important Lessons Learned Through a Travel Disaster

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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 […]

Race Relations and the Symptoms of a Wounded Nation

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The first time I saw the wall was at an academic debate on diversity in college admissions. I went to hear some viewpoints on what it meant to be black, white, Latino, Asian, or anything else in America. But what I heard was not a debate on diversity, but a carefully navigated, walking-on-eggshells discussion of […]

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

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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 […]

I’d Rather Be Cleaning: Why The Easy Life Isn’t For Everyone

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Rin Ichino is a Japanese exchange student from the University of Tokyo spending a year at Bates College in Maine. When she arrived, she found that there was something about her new campus life that made her uneasy – the lack of chores. From cleaning the buildings to emptying the trash, there are maintenance staff […]

Aditi Describes What Happens at Sorority Rush Week

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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 […]

1 Degree Fahrenheit: Could You Take It?

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 10:34 am

Three weeks into the spring semester and guess what? A major snowstorm, called snowstorm Nemo, has already hit and my college had to shut down operations. Yes, I definitely enjoyed the lazy day thoroughly, but the cold? Not so much. I was a spring admit, so I got to America towards the end of December […]

The Time I Was Told To ‘Go Back to Your Own Country and Improve Your English’

by guosilu - Posts (1). Posted Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Recently I went to see a movie called “Pitch Perfect” with Emanuele, one of my best American friends. “How did you feel about that?” she asked me on our way to the parking lot. We pushed the door and walked into freezing wind. “Well, yes I think that is pretty much it. It’s true,” I said. […]

The Novelty Has Worn Off. So What Now?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

After conquering my first action-packed semester in the US, when I returned for my second after the Christmas break I expected to come back almost victorious. I had overcome all the nerves I had felt before I first came, and had had an incredible few months. Instead, upon returning to campus I was hit by […]

Host Family, Apartment or Dorm? Picking a Place to Live

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

When I started this year at school, I knew my ideal living situation couldn’t last much longer. I had come over to the U.S. with my parents, and had lived with them for most of my education, but now they were moving back to Indonesia and I had only a few months to figure out […]

Is College Life Reality or Fantasy? Does it Matter?

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 11:27 am

“The situation in the Middle East is getting even more complicated. Hamas just doesn’t want to sit down at the negotiation table. They are terrorists. They should stop killing Israeli civilians.” “But you can’t blame one side for all the atrocities that are happening. The Israeli government also should stop bombing Gaza strip and killing […]

When Your Race Is Not the Only Race: An Education in Diversity

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Being in a multiracial environment changes how you view yourself and the world. Whatever your race is, when you are surrounded by people of another race, you become more aware of your color, your looks, your accent, and the people who you ‘belong to.‘ You start to see that the world is divided by subtle […]

Silence is Stronger Than Hate Speech

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I never expected to be a victim of hate speech at a progressive institution like Bates College.  I had heard hate speech before – “Bitch!” “Fag!” “Nigger!” “Cracker!” – but it was always something people shrugged off, convincing ourselves it was okay because we did not want to speak up.  It was a traumatizing experience […]

Hook Up Culture in the US: Encountering it and Navigating It

by Yu - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 6:30 am

There’s something that tends to happen every Saturday morning in my house. In our respective rooms, we wake up early, usually to the sound of one another’s stirrings. Someone goes to the bathroom, brushes his or her teeth, starts to get ready. Eventually, when we’re all awake and have our doors open, one of us […]

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