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Learning to Live Without My Family

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 11:29 am

Being raised with Eastern roots, I have gotten used to a lot of things growing up. I can’t eat a full meal without rice, I can’t sleep without a bolster pillow, and I can’t imagine living without my parents. Even at the age of 21, when “leaving the nest” is normal in some cultures, in […]

The Meaning of Competition, and My Time on an American Forensics Team

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 9:45 am

“Dear Amorette, thank you for your great help all these days. I have learned a lot from this whole process. Although finally I didn’t manage to get qualified for the national competition this year in Texas, I feel happy to be with this adorable team and to learn so much.” This Monday morning, the first […]

Is Passion More Important for Admissions Than Test Scores or GPA?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

One thing I learned when I was applying to U.S. universities is that standing out to the admissions committee requires much more than good test scores.  The most competitive candidates will all have well beyond average SAT and TOEFL scores, outstanding recommendation letters, and thoughtful essays.  But even that won’t guarantee them a spot at […]

If You Stop Learning When You Leave the Classroom, You’re Doing it Wrong

by Cristiana - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 10:36 am

I went to college in Romania, studying Psychology at the University of Bucharest. From the beginning I was involved in extracurricular activities, from the school to the national level. I didn’t even think about them as extracurricular – I just loved doing things, working with students from other disciplines, coordinating teams, organizing events and going […]

Is Occupy Wall Street Reviving Political Engagement?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 9:29 am

In a college town where around a third of the population is university students, the weekend of fall break was probably not the best time to start the spark of protest in Lawrence, Kansas. But on Saturday October 8, Occupy Lawrence , a local group of people imitating and supporting the movement in New York […]

Looking Back at Year One of Graduate School

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:26 am

My bags are packed, my final papers submitted, my apartment sublet, and as of next week I’ll be gone from George Washington University and the United States until the end of August.  It’s been a fast nine months, but I’ve officially reached the halfway point of my two-year graduate school program. To mark reaching the […]

A Bit of Culture: Arts and Music on Campus

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 8:52 am

Sebastian Sanchez also contributed to this video, and the cellist is Yale University student Kevin Olusola. Performances were shot at Yale and the University of Kansas, and many thanks to EducationUSA for loaning us the cameras! For more about extracurricular activities in the U.S., read Natalia’s article comparing student activities in Ukraine and the U.S.

Extracurricular Life is the Best Part: Comparing America and Ukraine

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 8:51 am

This story comes from our sister blog, Альма-матер (translated as Alma mater), a Russian-language version of the Student Union. Its author, Natalia Shibalkina, is from Ukraine and currently studies at George Mason University. When, at the end of the last summer, I finally got the scholarship to study at an American university, I was excited. […]

Female Leadership on Campus in the US: Tenuous Progress

by Julia Bumke - Posts (4). Posted Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 9:12 am

Last month, my friends and I here at Princeton were surprised and dismayed to read a report from the university’s “Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership” that claimed that today’s female undergraduates are taking fewer leadership roles – the first time there’s been a downward trend in female leadership since the university started admitting women. […]

My Experience Leading a Student Organization

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

At the end of last semester, I was elected president of the Organization of Asian Studies at my university.  It’s a pretty cool deal – the school gives us a lot of support to host fun events, like foreign movie nights, happy hours, and special receptions, and we also sponsor speakers to give special talks […]

Bollywood Dance Competitions Sweep US Colleges

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 10:16 am

We’ve talked in the past about celebrating holidays from home while you’re in the U.S., but what about keeping up with hobbies from home?  Well, if your hobby is Bollywood dance, you may be in luck. reports that Bollywood dance events have become a “US college cultural staple.” According to the article, Indian-Americans see […]

Being Afghan and Muslim at a US High School

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 9:15 am

I was holding up Afghanistan’s flag as the photographers, teachers, and other students watched … I felt love, and respect for all of the other flags, and slowly my tears came down my cheeks. I came to the U.S. in order to get a great education, and to make my family and my country proud. […]

Question of the Week: Do International Students Fit in With American Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 4:36 pm

This week’s Question of the Week was about diversity on campus. As an international student, you may have a different skin color, different religion or different socio-economic background than many of the Americans you’re at school with. At the very least, you’ll probably have a different accent. How will that affect where you fit in […]

Campuses Celebrate Diwali

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Sometimes being far from home can mean missing out on traditions and holidays.  But some colleges make efforts to bring the traditions and holidays to you. On i-studentlife, Ronak Jain explains the Indian celebration of Diwali and how he was pleasantly surprised to find a Diwali festival in his dorm.

The Blessings of an Overstuffed Schedule

by Julia Bumke - Posts (4). Posted Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 9:28 am

As the leaves start to turn and we finally get some autumnal weather in New Jersey, life here at Princeton is settling into its normal vibe of constant, city-never-sleeps activity.  Since we start in mid-September, later than most other American universities, classes are just now kicking into high gear; extra-curricular clubs are in full swing; […]

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