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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 (66). 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 (66). 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 […]

New For the Glossary: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

Our Glossary of Confusing Words is really growing, thanks to your suggestions and submissions! The latest words you asked us to define are: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior – the words to describe what year of school someone is in. It took me a little while to learn that when I first got here. I […]

Another Myth Dispelled: Americans Don’t Have to Worry About Paying for Education

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Before coming to the U.S., I had the myth in my mind that American students are all rich financially and can afford a college education very easily. Or if American students are unable to pay their fee then having an American nationality solves all their problems and government provides them free education. I also thought […]

A New Start: Nawroz in Afghanistan and America

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 10:26 am

The new year in Afghanistan is called Nawroz (sometimes spelled Nowruz or Nawruz in English). The first day of the Afghan month Hamal, which falls on the 21st of March, was the first day of the new year in Afghanistan and some other countries. This day is considered one of the biggest holidays of the […]

Tips for a Successful Summer Break

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 am

It’s a little crazy that my spring break ended just a couple days ago, but already the end of the semester is only a few weeks away. By the end of April, I’ll have finished all of my regular classes and will only have a couple of final papers left to turn in. I’ll be […]

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