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Need an Extension on a Paper? Offer a Compromise Instead

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 10:34 am

I still had two hours until the submission deadline when I got to the Mount Holyoke library to print out my eight-page final paper. I put my belongings, including the USB drive with my paper on it, on a desk near the computer and went to say hi to a friend at the other end […]

How to Be a Good Student in America: 3 Dos and Don’ts

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

DOs DON’Ts Persevere Cheat Ask professors for help Chase two hares at a time Speak out Stop trying DO: Persevere Writing papers has always been a challenge for me. The type of writing that is considered a vital skill in the U.S., being able to construct and defend an argument, is not something I learned […]

Mike Got Into Harvard Med School as an International Student. Here’s How.

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am

I spend about a third of every single month thinking about medical school and what I have to do to get in. It wouldn’t be a surprise to me if I were to be diagnosed with medical school admission O.C.D. (obsessive-compulsive disorder). We all know the chance of an international student getting into medical school […]

FAQs for Students Starting School in the US: What to wear, where to live, how to study, and much more

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

We know it’s not always that easy to find things on our site (sorry :/ ), but over the past three years we’ve covered just about anything an incoming student might need to know, from life in the dorms to getting along with Americans to how to avoid a plagiarism charge. Here are some of […]

5 Simple Habits to Raise Your GPA

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Maintaining a good GPA is one of the most important objectives for most college students. For potential employers, it may be a key way they can judge your diligence and work ethic. If you start off with a low GPA, it can be an insurmountable struggle to bring it up, and may cause you to […]

How to Complain Like an American to Get What You Deserve

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Life is not only about nice and cool. We often encounter something that doesn’t work for us, something that needs to be fixed, something that we have to complain about. But the way you address the issue differs according to what you have grown up learning and what you have seen through your walk. Americans […]

The Rules You Need to Follow when Working with American Students

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 10:46 am

I gave a sigh of relief – our research project and presentation would be in a group! Now my friends would help me with English, and I wouldn’t have to worry that I would mess up the presentation because of my language skills. This was 9 months ago, in the summer of 2012, before I […]

K.K Describes What it Feels Like to Get Rejected From Your Dream School

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Some people submit their college applications not knowing where they will end up. They try for some reach schools and some safe schools, hoping for multiple acceptances and the chance to make a choice between options. For them, rejections are tough, but there’s always a plan B. But some students know exactly where they will […]

Olga-Sofia Offers Five Pieces of Unsolicited Advice for College Newbies

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 3:43 pm

You’ve probably seen by now some of the stories that we’ve featured from people responding in our comments section or using our submission form. Often people write in to respond to stories we’ve posted with their own anecdotes, or to tell a story from their time in the States. Not Columbia University student Olga-Sofia. She […]

Why the Instructions are the Most Important Part of an SAT Subject Test

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Over the past few months Shree has been sharing his experience applying to colleges in the U.S. Several of the steps have caused him some stress, but perhaps none so much as when he took the SAT subject tests. A mistake on his answer sheet caused his scores to be delayed, and left him in […]

6 Videos Explaining How to Get a Student Visa (One For Every Mood)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 12:00 am

In need of some advice about how to apply for your student visa? You’re in luck! Not only are there some great ones available on YouTube, but there’s one to match just about any mood. There’s a video… For when you need a bit of excitement in your life For when you don’t

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The 3 Pieces of Advice I Thought I Didn’t Need (But Definitely Did)

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Before I left for the U.S., I attended all the orientations about what life would be like there.  I heard tons of useful advice about how to prepare, what to pack, and what to expect.   And like most people, I scoffed at some of that advice.  But boy I wish I hadn’t! Settling into Indiana […]

Crafting Your Art of English Fluency

by Sava Mounange-Badimi - Posts (2). Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

When I came to the United States, I was barely fluent in spoken English, although on paper I seemed competent in the language. In fact, it turned out the English I had learned over the course of my middle and high school years was quite different from American English. When you’re not comfortably fluent in […]

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Why the TOEFL is More Important Than Just One Test, and How That Can Help You Succeed

by Shree Raj Shrestha - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Editor’s note: Shree is currently in the process of applying to study in the U.S. for the fall of 2013. He’s agreed to take us with him on that process, recapping each step as he accomplishes it, and filling us in on what he did right and wrong so we can learn from his mistakes. […]

Top Tips for Managing Your Scholarship Application from an International Student Advisor

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 10:42 am

Applying for scholarships can be a lot of work.  Many require lots of paperwork, including essays, transcripts and recommendations.  Getting all that material together on time, and keeping it all organized can be a challenge.  This guest post comes from Scott Johnson, the international student advisor at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), who has collected […]

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