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Coming Soon: the New Student Union Blog!

by Andrew Palczewski - Posts (2). Posted Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 9:53 am

Voice of America is pleased to announce that we’re re-launching the Student Union blog! Check back in the next couple of weeks for brand new posts from students studying abroad in the United States. We’re also looking for new contributors who want to share their stories. If you’re a student currently studying or working in […]

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The Personal Perks of Studying Abroad

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Todays post comes from Maria Torstad. Maria is from Norway, and is in Washington DC for one semester abroad. In this post, she shares her thoughts on what you can achieve while studying abroad, and her own personal experience on this subject.  Studying abroad encompasses loads of perks; you get to develop your language, it […]

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We’re Back!

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Well, that was interesting. Since October 1st, the U.S. government has been on partial shutdown. That means a lot of different things, but most relevant for us is that since about 11:30am last Tuesday, I have been officially furloughed as an employee at the Voice of America. You may have seen a couple posts we […]

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Life During Shutdown

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 10:45 am

The Student Union will be right back… This just might be what some of my colleagues call a “teachable moment.” Or, it just might be a longish silence. As I expect many of you have heard, the U.S. federal government is in a partial shutdown. Partial because some government services, like the border patrol or […]

US Shutdown: An International Perspecitve

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 12:00 am

Today’s post comes to us from Jialing Huang, a second-year graducate in communications studies at the University of China. This is her second year studying in the United States, traveling here from her home in China. For those unfamiliar, the U.S. government is presently partially shutdown due to major policy disagreements between Republicans and Democrats. […]

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10 Links For International Students

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, September 12th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Ideas, More Ideas and a Few Last Ideas on Studying in the U.S. You never know what you’ll find when you’re rummaging around in the attic. As we mentioned earlier, the Student Union’s founding editor, Jessica Stahl, recently left VOA to purse some new and exciting career opportunities. That’s left yours truly, the new editor, […]

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What’s Fair Game In The Student Union?

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Some Thoughts on the New Year First of all, we’re still recruiting new writers for the Student Union team in 2013-14! It’s been great to hear from many of you writing in with questions about what being a contributor would mean, the kinds of projects you can work on and the like. All questions are […]

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New Year, New Faces at the Student Union!

by Doug Bernard - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

The Student Union Begins Another New Year Doug Bernard | Washington DC For every one of you who are still not quite moved into your new housing for the year, I feel your pain. Anyone who is frantically hunting for that packed-away book or trying to figure out where to put everything in your dorm […]

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Dear Student Union Community…

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Dear Student Union community, When we launched the Student Union almost exactly three years ago, we didn’t really know what we were doing. Or, more accurately, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that it should be a place for international students to share their stories – stories to help […]

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Xiao Describes an Unusual Encounter on the Streets of New York

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 11:19 am

Cai Xiao is a Chinese student who came to the U.S. this summer with the goal of visiting several universities. She is hoping to do her graduate education in the States and says she saw the trip as a way to “get a better understanding” of her options and “to be responsible for my future.” […]

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New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Undergraduate

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

We’ve previously covered the names for every school you attend in the U.S. education system, from kindergarten through higher education, but at which one of those schools are you an undergraduate? Thanks to Nubia for submitting this word to our Glossary of Confusing Words. Undergraduate An undergraduate is someone studying for their associate or bachelor’s […]

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12 Campus Spots Feeling Just as Conflicted About the End of Summer as You Are

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Let’s be honest. By the end of the summer you’re just a little bit ready for it to be over – to get back to learning, to all your extracurricular activities, and especially to all your friends. Summer can sometimes get a bit lonely, right? Even if you do know that it’ll only take about […]

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Ayad Describes His First Impressions of America: ‘People Here Are Very Supportive’

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 9:41 am

Ayad wrote in to share this account of his first few days in the States: It’s been a couple of days since I touched down here in America and I am just surprised and happy to see the kindness of people here and their will to help me as foreigner. Honestly people here are very […]

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Do You Agree With Phileas’ Description of How International Students Isolate Themselves?

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

We’ve discussed many times the fact that it’s not always easy for international students and Americans to become friends. It can be comforting to seek out friends from your own country or background while in a foreign place, and Americans often don’t realize that they need to make more effort to help international classmates feel […]

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Joseph Expands the List of Things That Cause Culture Shock

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Last week Ilham described some of the difficulties he’s had readjusting to Indonesian culture after his year in the States – unorganized queues, scary traffic, and a flexible sense of being on time all made his list of things that have required some getting used to. Well, Joseph wrote in to add to that list […]

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