Showing Archived Posts

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 […]

Apetito vs Acai Berries: Beauty and Weight in Zimbabwe and America

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

“To butt or not to butt enhance, is the question,” screamed the headline on Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper. I gasped, and then slapped my forehead. Really, Herald?  Are you kidding me? The article turned out to be about the allure and dangers of pills like Apetito tablets, appetite stimulants that claim to enhance the hips and butt, and cause […]

Tags: , , , Posted in Culture Shock

Don’t They Feel Cold?

by Summer - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I didn’t realize how easy it was to distinguish between real Chinese girls and ABC girls [American-born Chinese] until I came here—they don’t even have to speak a word, just from the appearance. ABC girls, most of them wear make-up like American girls do, and they dress differently from Chinese girls. I heard American girls […]

Tags: , , Posted in Culture Shock


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 […]

Why You Will Gain 10 lbs in America (and How to Lose it Again)

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 8:16 am

When you see your old friends who came to the U.S. earlier than you, one big change you can spot immediately will be a change in their body. My college friend who went to the U.S. two years before me was totally changed into another person the next time I saw her – she had […]

Recapping 2010: Some Personal Favorites

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

It’s not as scientific a measure as most viewed or most commented, but here my top 5 favorite posts our bloggers wrote in 2010.  Although, let’s be clear, all the bloggers are amazing, and picking out just 5 feels really unfair.  As a bonus, I’m also including my top 5 favorite “Question of the Week”-style […]

Reverse Culture Shock: How I’ve Changed in the US

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

After seven months of exploring, enjoying, adapting, torturing…. in the U.S., I finally went back to my home country, China! What was waiting for me there was the incredibly great city of Beijing, yummy Chinese food, old friends who I missed so much, my college, which is my favorite place in the world…and some CULTURE […]

Let us change into “California Gurls”

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Friday, September 17th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

It is fairly easy to differentiate Asian students who have recently come to the US from American-born Asians by their skin tone. People may say “no way, they all have beige skin.” But the truth is that girls who have just come from Asia tend to have ivory skin while girls who are born and […]

Tags: , Posted in Culture Shock

The Student Union is…

A place to hear stories about studying in the U.S. Our bloggers have come from all over the world to U.S. universities, and they'll be sharing their experiences, advice and more.

Learn more about this blog »

Share your own story!
Tell us about your experiences applying to the US, studying in America, or doing an exchange, and we may include it on the blog.


Glossary of Confusing Words

Find definitions of confusing words and terms about studying in the U.S. in our Glossary of Confusing Words.

All the words were submitted by YOU, so visit the glossary to see the words that have been defined already and to suggest your own.