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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 […]

What it Looks Like Inside a Dorm Room, Suite, and Other Campus Living Options

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am

Students in America live in all types of arrangements – on campus and off campus, dorm rooms and apartments, alone and with roommates. Earlier this year Annisa discussed how she chose between all the possibilities, but which one would you choose? Here are a look at all the different types of housing our bloggers live […]

Can Exchange Students Find Love in America?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This past Valentines’ Day, as another year of singledom loomed, I took a step back to consider why a relationship just wasn’t working for me. The past two years have been far from stable for me. I moved away from home to a university in Liverpool, only to find out 6 months later that I […]

The Girl Who Never Gets Homesick

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

On May 14th last summer, I was enjoying a casual layover at Istanbul Airport and my brief immersion into Turkish culture, when I suddenly started to wonder where exactly I was going. Technically speaking, I was going back home. But where counts as “home”? I grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Hubei, with […]

Five Things I Loved About You, Sophomore Year

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 11:49 am

There is only a month of my sophomore year left. And oh boy, didn’t it go by fast? It honestly feels like just yesterday that I came back from Pakistan to start a new year here at Mount Holyoke. And now, I am already a “rising junior,” all set to empty my present dorm room […]

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 […]

One Crazy Night in New York (But Can We Get Back in Time for Class?)

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

New York is where everything happens! All the best places to visit, restaurants to try, and concerts to attend. Unfortunately, I live 5 hours away from New York in Washington, D.C. But when I heard that my favorite group, Swedish House Mafia, would be performing their last tour worldwide, and that their closest stop to […]

Q+A: Making it Easy and Cheap to Eat in the US

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Creative Commons photo: Flickr user superfem Many of my friends back home are on the verge of graduating and are planning to continue their studies overseas. They’ve had a a multitude of questions for me ranging from, “Do you have to go to parties every week?” to “How is Obama treating you there?” But surprisingly, […]

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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 […]

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