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Can’t Live Without It

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Ten silly things I already miss about the U.S. Having lived in a foreign country for almost an entire year leaves a mark in who you are, and as a consequence, there are innumerable experiences that are unforgettable. I miss every person that cared for me, every friend I made, I miss every day of […]

A Hard Pill to Swallow: Why Your Parents Don’t Want You to Go to the US

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

It was Phillip who sparked the idea. “Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what our parents think of this journey?” he said. After all, they’re a huge part of our journey, watching us and hopefully supporting us from afar. Do they spend that time worrying about us? Fretting over how we’ve changed? Telling their friends about all our […]

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Reverse Culture Shock is a Lonely Experience

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

After Ilham’s year at Madison College as part of the Community College Initiative program, he knew to experience some reverse culture shock when he went home. But he wrote in to share how he wasn’t prepared for what it was really like to go back to Indonesia; in particular, he’s having trouble rekindling relationships with […]

The U.S. in Words #9: All Good Things Come to an End

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 10:51 am

The ninth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. All good things come to an end = English idiom I’ve just finished my program at Susquehanna University. Even though my column is called “The U.S. in Words,” there are hardly enough words to explain how I feel. […]

Now What? Struggling Over the Value of Study Abroad

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 5:58 pm

The end is in sight. The real world beckons. My year as a foreign exchange student is almost over, and knowing I am about to go home and leave this all behind scares me. Our multicultural group of Brits, Americans, Belgians, French, Germans, Italians, Argentines, Australians and Chinese will probably never be back in the […]

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Is This the Best Graduation Speech of All Time?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Each year around this time, famous comedians, well-known politicians, great writers, and other individuals of note make the rounds at America’s universities, giving seniors the last words of wisdom they will hear before they are officially graduated and thrust into the real world. And each year, the rest of us watch those addresses to decide […]

Arty Suggests That Befriending Americans is Good Career Preparation

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

One of our most popular posts examines why Americans and international students often don’t become friends, even though both groups say they want to mingle more. For Arty, making the effort to overcome that barrier is about more than just having more friends – it’s about adapting to aspects of American culture, such as working […]

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Fawad and Buzkashi Boys: Does Hard Work, or Fate and Coincidence, Create Success?

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

As I surf my Facebook newsfeed, a photo catches my attention. Two Afghan boys smile broadly as they board a Turkish airplane. The boys are Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz, the lead actors in “Buzkashi Boys,” an Oscar-nominated short film about friends who dream of becoming horseback riders in Afghanistan’s fierce version of polo. These […]

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The US in Words #7: YOLO (Finding a Better Version of Myself)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 10:54 am

The seventh in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. YOLO = You only live once A friend who I had met at a hostel in Philadelphia recommended I get a tattoo with the inscription “YOLO,” which stands for “You Only Live Once.” I hadn’t heard the phrase […]

The Doors I Closed When I Came to the US

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Perhaps all international students discover at some point that going to college in the States costs more than they pay in money terms. I have experienced personal costs that will impact my life long after my education here is done. Some I was prepared to encounter, and others caught me off-guard. I don’t regret my […]

Know the Warning Signs in an Unpaid Internship

by Hein - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

It was 2009, I was just graduating college with a degree in hospitality, and I was desperate to find a job so I could stay in the U.S. and do my OPT. What I found instead was an unpaid internship that exploited my skills and my good will and, along with it, a newfound understanding […]

I Couldn’t Get Sponsored for an H-1B Visa, and Here’s Why

by Hein - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 9:50 am

I remember the very day I received the letter that I had been accepted as an undergraduate student at Johnson & Wales University. I had big dreams and aspirations about what I was going to become upon graduation from one of the best hospitality schools in the United States. I envisioned myself becoming a successful […]

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Where Would You Go to Find Yourself?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 11:29 am

If you had a chance to go anywhere in the world and do one thing for your career over the summer, what would you do? When I say I am majoring in economics, most people try to clarify. “Consulting?” they ask. “Management?” But my passion is development economics; that is, economics of poor and least […]

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Saying Goodbye to My Fargo

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 9:22 am

“From the Great Lakes going down through Chicago, it seems to me that if you want to find America, that’s where it is.” – American actor William H. Macy. Macy was talking about his leading role in the Oscar-winning comedy/thriller Fargo, which takes place in the Midwest states of North Dakota and Minnesota. Fargo, the […]

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Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places, and People

by Thuy Pham - Posts (6). Posted Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 10:27 am

First, let me quickly update you about my decision whether to transfer to the California College of the Arts (CCA). I decided it would be impossible for me to go to CCA without any grants from the school. So I will finish my MBA program at CSUF within the year, and then my plan is […]

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