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Jeonghyun Kim

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

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (9). 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 (9). 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 US

by Jeonghyun Kim - Posts (9). 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 (9). 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 (9). 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 (9). 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 US

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (12). 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 US: 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 […]

Students Speak: “Becoming a College Football Fan”

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 10:35 am

Students studying in the US can prepare for living in a different country, taking classes, and making new friends. But one thing that’s hard to prepare for is seeing college sports up close. When guest blogger Munyaradzi Mahiya came to the US from Zimbabwe to study at the University of California and Berkeley, he knew […]

Students Speak: “I Wasn’t Ready”

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Worried about the start of school? You’re not alone. Gwen Mugodi was too. A student from Zimbabwe studying at Brown University, Gwen had her own reservations about studying in the US, living up to expectations, and confronting challenges. In our first student-submitted post on the new VOA Student Union blog, Gwen talks about preparing for […]

Why Is It Hard To Make Western Friends?

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Jemince, (or in Mandarin ‘如馨 贾’)  from Beijing, China. She was studying English Chinese translation in Beijing International Studies University for her Master’s Degree until she arrived at Binghamton University together several month ago. She’s currently majoring in Comparative Literature and studying law on her own so as to […]

Understanding Other Cultures While Celebrating Your Own

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Today’s post is another powerful and personal story of cultural differences, and one person’s effort to bridge those differences, without losing your personal and cultural history. Sibusisiwe Mukwakwami is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s looking forward to studying either economics or development studies, with a minor in human rights. She’s a […]

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Pond of Memories

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Keith Mushonga, a French and English student at Winthrop University. You may remember some of his earlier posts – Keith writes with a great deal of vigor and emotion. Today’s post is on a topic common to all – but I imagine especially among international students: loneliness. It’s a […]

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The American Social Network

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Jemince, or “Jem” for short. Jem is an English/Chinese translation student from Beijing, and recently arrived at Binghamton University to study comparative literature. If that weren’t enough, she’s also independently studying law in anticipation for her return to China. She describes herself as a sociable person who likes meeting […]

On Encountering Racism in College

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Simbarashe Runyowa, an Oberlin student from Zimbabwe. The topic is a delicate one – racism that Simbarashe encounters here in the U.S., and in his home nation. Throughout, he refers to “the n-word.” For those unfamiliar, there’s a racist slur beginning the the letter “n” used to refer to […]

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