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Why Chinese Students Don’t Need an English Name

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Names can be a tricky thing for an international student. We’ve had some fun exploring how names that are unfamiliar to Americans can be mispronounced and mangled, and we’ve discussed how many international students attempt to preempt this by choosing an English name. Hậu became Nick, Tiantiac chose Tara. When Chinese student Jialing Huang started […]

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 […]

Learning to be Thai

by Yu - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I still remember a conversation I had with my high school friends one day, when I told them that I wanted to study in the U.S.: “I don’t think I’d ever go there,” said one of my friends. “It seems too liberal and dangerous.” I also remember another moment, when I was at a store […]

Does Gaining a New Home Mean Giving Up the Old One?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 11:47 am

While spending my winter break with my family in Bolivia, I received a message from a school friend in Kansas asking me, “When are you home?” It was a simple question, but it caught me off guard. She just wanted to know when I was planning on getting back to Kansas, but I was struck […]

A Fresh Perspective on My Two Homes: US and Ukraine

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Kyiv (left) and Ohio University (right) (Source: Google Maps – DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, USDA Farm Service Agency) What is it like going back home after 15 months in the U.S.? I began looking forward to it the minute I booked my flight, which was three months in advance. I expected myself to be excited beyond all […]


by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 12:38 pm

A pair of high-heeled shoes is an irreplaceable accessory for almost every Russian woman. We wear heels to school, work, trips, restaurants, everywhere… We just love them, even though they hurt and make our feet get tired quickly… When I came to the U.S., I continued to wear my favorite pair of high heels, even […]

What Does it Mean to ‘Be American’ as a Chinese Student?

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’m Chinese, but kinda American. Since August 16, 2008, the day I arrived in the United States, I have been asked thousands of times, “Where are you from?” For most Chinese students studying abroad, the automatic answer would be, “Yea, China of course!” However, for some, it is not as simple as the nationality presented […]

From Zimbabwe to America: Learning to Adapt and Overcome

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am

“Remember to keep warm when you get there. America is a cold place. And to call us daily. Don’t forget us.” These very words were the ultimate installment in a long series of many, many snippets of well-meaning advice from aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, cousins, passers-by, cousins of those passers-by, and anyone else who had […]

Battling with Language in the Far-Away Land of Minneapolis

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 8:56 am

Am I the one? Am I the Promise who promised himself his Nigerian accent was not going to take a slip? I never would have believed I could so easily twist my tongue in an American twang. But let’s go back to the beginning. You might be asking, “How has the experience been so far?” […]

American Culture: Out of the Movies and into Daily Reality

by Cristiana - Posts (3). Posted Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am

While I was watching American shows and movies on Romanian television, the décor  around me became surprisingly similar to that on the screen. The small colored houses, with ducks and chicken raised in the backyards, were replaced by large, beige homes with perfectly cut grass, bird feeders and playful pets. The gray, block, low-rise buildings […]

Taking Trains to Nowhere, and Other Challenges from the First Year

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 9:47 am

Alex talks about why he chose to come to the U.S. after doing his undergraduate studies in Malaysia, and some of the challenges he dealt with in his first year at American University.

Some Personal Favorites from the Past Year: Cultures, Subcultures, and Love

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I did a similar list at Christmas time, so I won’t repeat any of the posts I listed there. Take a look back at that post from December 2010 to see some previous favorites worth checking out. Top 5 personal favorites #1) We Are Not Terrorists: Muslim Experiences on Campus, Question of the Week Also:My […]

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of the School Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

As the academic year comes to an end and summer vacation begins, we’ll take a look back at the past school year and share some of your favorite posts…and some of our favorites too!  So stay tuned over the next week or so for a bunch of lists recapping the best of the past school […]

Don’t Study in the US: Part 3, the Cultural Side

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

Though it feels like most people talk about improving their career prospects or getting a better education when they discuss why they want to study in the U.S., in an informal survey on our Facebook page, the majority of you said the cultural experience of studying abroad was the most important reason to study overseas. […]

Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 10:08 am

Shu Wen Teo is a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, where she studies biology (and chemistry, and business administration, and would study political science too if she had the time).  She comes from Malaysia, and in addition to keeping up her busy academic schedule, she has devoted a lot of time to helping […]

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