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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 (70). 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 […]

Four and Twenty Blackbirds: The Hidden Meaning of April 20th

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Studying in the States has offered me many worthwhile experiences. I have learned a great deal both inside and outside the classroom, and have made numerous life-long friends. There have been certain negative aspects of life here as a student, though. They are learning experiences too, but, at the same time, even after more than […]

A New View of New York: Jihye’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Our wonderful VOA intern Jihye Choi, who comes from Korea, shares her second photo essay of pictures from America. Last time, the photos were of Washington, D.C., where she lives and works. This time, she had a chance to visit New York City and shares some great photos and stories from her trip.  I’m from […]

Reality of Life at a Top Party School

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

U in the USA unearthed a long and very detailed podcast from 2009 about life at one of America’s top party schools.  This American Life visits Penn State on a typical weekend to find out what the students are doing, and to explore the drinking culture at a school famous for its alcohol consumption. It’s […]

Adventures at the BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am

Last month, I joined a group of six other students to visit the BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is roughly a 2-hour drive away from my college. This was the second time I have visited a zoo. My first visit was nine years ago when my dad took me to a zoo in […]

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