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Superficial Diversity? Why Political Activism is Rare in the US

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This post comes from our sister blog, Comite de Estudiantes (the Spanish version of the Student Union).  Columbia University student Ferran Masip-Valls talks about why there seems to be less activism on U.S. campus (which, by the way, is considered a relatively politically active school by American standards) than at his school back home. For […]

Favorite Posts: Breaking Stereotypes and Learning Good Habits

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 8:34 am

These are my favorite two posts from last semester. The first one is a compilation I liked since it breaks the stereotypes and stands up for an ideology that had been falsely attacked. The second one is a post from Jamie that I found particularly helpful and I think a lot of college students may have done […]

The Times They Are A-Changin’: Differences Between the First Year and Veteran Experiences

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Before summer vacation started, a bunch of our bloggers got together (via Skype) to chat about how their experiences over the past school year – the ups and downs, challenges and victories, and what they learned. We had some fantastic conversations, even digging into a few topics we hadn’t really covered in the blog posts […]

Pete and Repeat are on a Boat…and Other Adventures in American Culture

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 8:51 am

Before summer vacation started, a bunch of our bloggers got together (via Skype) to chat about how their experiences over the past school year – the ups and downs, challenges and victories, and what they learned. We had some fantastic conversations, even digging into a few topics we hadn’t really covered in the blog posts […]

Looking Back at a Year of Blogging: Sports and Movie Stars

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? #1) Football and Patriotism: A Super American Day, by Nareg Nareg is one of my favorite writers for the blog, It’s always interesting how he portrays American-ness in his blog posts. #2) Meeting Movie Stars and Oscar Winners, by Tara As a movie buff, I […]

Is Having An Accent a Positive or a Negative?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

On his blog about life at Berkeley College in New York, blogger Jose Navarro debates whether having an accent is a positive or a negative for international students in the US. He writes of his English language skills: Now, it’s not that I have a problem with the language, but I do (as most of […]

Memorable Posts: American Culture and Returning Home

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 6:47 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? I went through the posts, and picked the ones I remembered. Here they are, in no particular order (except perhaps chronological): #1) How to Speak English Fluently?, by Nick I thought that one was helpful when it comes to learning and getting accustomed to the […]

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of the School Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

As the academic year comes to an end and summer vacation begins, we’ll take a look back at the past school year and share some of your favorite posts…and some of our favorites too!  So stay tuned over the next week or so for a bunch of lists recapping the best of the past school […]

Looking Back at Year One of Graduate School

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:26 am

My bags are packed, my final papers submitted, my apartment sublet, and as of next week I’ll be gone from George Washington University and the United States until the end of August.  It’s been a fast nine months, but I’ve officially reached the halfway point of my two-year graduate school program. To mark reaching the […]

A Bit of Culture: Arts and Music on Campus

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 8:52 am

Sebastian Sanchez also contributed to this video, and the cellist is Yale University student Kevin Olusola. Performances were shot at Yale and the University of Kansas, and many thanks to EducationUSA for loaning us the cameras! For more about extracurricular activities in the U.S., read Natalia’s article comparing student activities in Ukraine and the U.S.

Extracurricular Life is the Best Part: Comparing America and Ukraine

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 8:51 am

This story comes from our sister blog, Альма-матер (translated as Alma mater), a Russian-language version of the Student Union. Its author, Natalia Shibalkina, is from Ukraine and currently studies at George Mason University. When, at the end of the last summer, I finally got the scholarship to study at an American university, I was excited. […]

Female Leadership on Campus in the US: Tenuous Progress

by Julia Bumke - Posts (4). Posted Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 9:12 am

Last month, my friends and I here at Princeton were surprised and dismayed to read a report from the university’s “Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership” that claimed that today’s female undergraduates are taking fewer leadership roles – the first time there’s been a downward trend in female leadership since the university started admitting women. […]

Recap: Being Muslim in America

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

With yesterday’s news of the death of Osama bin Laden, and stories of Americans celebrating in the streets (including on college campuses), it seemed an opportune time to look back at the posts we’ve done on what it’s like to be a Muslim studying in America. Back in January we talked to a number of […]

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A Day in the Life of a UGRAD-Pakistan Fellow

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This video was created by a UGRAD fellow from Pakistan for their “Day in the Life” video contest. If you watch through to the end, there’s a crazy shot of him riding a rollercoaster at Universal Studios theme park. This isn’t our first encounter with UGRAD-Pakistan fellows. We spoke to some for our article earlier […]

Philly, You Should Be Proud

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:11 am

Recently I traveled from San Francisco to the east coast, for what was a lifetime opportunity to see the real America. When I say “real America” I don’t mean fast food, Hollywood or skyscrapers, but rather the history and culture. Like many other people I also had this perception that America starts with Christopher Columbus […]

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