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Jeonghyun Kim

Why Do International Students Come to the U.S. to Study?

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 6:59 pm

The United States is consistently the top study abroad destination for students around the world, with nearly 900,000 international students coming to the U.S. to study during the 2013-2014 school year. But why do international students choose to come to the United States? While there are numerous different reasons, here are four of the reasons […]

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Welcome to America? Facing – and Stopping – Discrimination

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Diversity – both cultural diversity and diversity of experiences – is among the most positive qualities that international students bring when they come to the U.S. to study. International student bring new perspectives to their schools, and help raise awareness for other countries and cultures. But this diversity – and the discrimination it can bring […]

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The Name Game: a New Country Means a New Identity

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Have you wondered why some international students keep their official names, and why others choose an English name? Many international students I spoke with said their main reason for adopting an English name is because many fellow students cannot understand their original names. But it’s not just for American students – international students say their […]

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What’s the Silliest Question an American Has Asked You?

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 2:55 pm

There were nearly a million international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2013/2014 school year. But even with that big presence, international students still get a lot of weird questions just because they’re from a foreign country. The video above, filmed by Nana Adwoa Antwi-Boasiako as part of her final school project, […]

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PHOTOS: Global Expo 2015 at Georgetown University

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 10:05 am

The Georgetown International Student Association and Office of International Programs held the Global Expo on Saturday, April 11. The Expo gives students a chance to experience their classmates’ cultures – from food, to music, to traditional performance. Check out photos from the Expo below.

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Finding Authentic International Food, On- and Off-Campus

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Each year, thousands of international students come to the United States to complete their higher education. Leaving home and living abroad is a big major transition in life. And one of the first obstacles many of these students face is one of the most prominent: adapting to new food. For many international students, it’s a […]

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April Fools’ Day: International Students’ Chance to Play Tricks

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 8:38 am

Happy April Fool’s Day! Even though it is not an official holiday like Valentine’s Day, April Fools’ Day is celebrated with pranks and tricks every April 1 in the United States. The holiday began during the switch to the Gregorian calendar, which considers April 1 as the first day of the year. When the calendar […]

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Three Steps to Making New Friends in the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 4:48 pm

International students sometimes have trouble making American friends for the first time. They can assume American students don’t hang out with international students based on negative stereotypes. “I think my several Chinese friends are struggling to make American friends,” said Di Chen, a student at University of Arizona. “Especially the difference in food is a […]

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Students Speak: On Having Surgery in the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm

In a follow-up to her post last week on student health insurance, Student Union writer Jeonghyun Kim interviews one of her classmates on how she dealt with an injury during her time studying in the U.S. When international students are sick in the U.S., they have to struggle with not only illness, but living in […]

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“Insure” You’ll Stay Healthy in the U.S.

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 2:55 pm

America’s health care system is unique among industrialized democracies: there is no universal, government-sponsored health care plan for all citizens. Most Americans pay for private health insurance. Without health insurance in the United States, a surgery or illness could cost thousands of dollars; according to The Commonwealth Fund, Americans pay more than people in other […]

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Photos: Asian Students Bring Lunar New Year to Georgetown University

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Many Asian associations at Georgetown University held 2015 Lunar New Year Celebrations with cultural events and food. International students work together cooperatively in small and large groups to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the U.S. Students who are involved in the Korean Graduate Students Association enjoyed a Lunar New Year party on February 6. […]

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A Sweet Valentine’s Day for International Students

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Friday, February 13th, 2015 at 9:48 am

What comes to your mind when thinking about Valentine’s Day, February 14? Do you imagine giving and getting chocolates and flowers, or you and your girlfriend or boyfriend celebrating with a romantic dinner at a restaurant? Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated as a day for exchanging love messages. Many people who love one another […]

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Understanding the Super Bowl as a Foreign Student

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (24). Posted Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Features Sport + Entertainment reported that global viewers’ favorite sporting event in 2014 was the FIFA World Cup Final. Most international students might be familiar with the FIFA World Cup – it’s watched by billions around the world. But another championship is capturing attention in the U.S.: the American football championship known as Super Bowl, […]

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“Study Abroad” Confronts Stereotypes of Foreign Students in U.S.

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (15). Posted Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

As we’ve talked about before, studying in the United States can lead to misconceptions – about school, about peers, and about American culture. But the misunderstanding can come from both sides: while foreign students might have unfounded beliefs about the United States, some in the United States have their own misconceptions about foreign students. A […]

Thanksgiving in the U.S.: Friends, Food, and Freezing Weather

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 11:14 am

Student Union writer Gwen Mugodi recently traveled to the US state of Maine for Thanksgiving, which took place on November 27. In this post, she talks about the experience of learning about the US from our holidays, traditions, and food – and seeing snow for the first time!—————————————————————– Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the […]

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