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I’d Rather Be Cleaning: Why The Easy Life Isn’t For Everyone

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 10:57 am

Rin Ichino is a Japanese exchange student from the University of Tokyo spending a year at Bates College in Maine. When she arrived, she found that there was something about her new campus life that made her uneasy – the lack of chores. From cleaning the buildings to emptying the trash, there are maintenance staff […]

Is the Southern US More Like Asia Than Like the North?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:08 am

“I wish I had known that this would be such a huge adjustment,” wrote Reddit user forthelulzac about moving from America’s northeast to the southern state of South Carolina. The comment sparked a flurry of agreement from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.  Americans from the north and the south might be citizens of the […]

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Some Hard Realities of Studying Abroad as an Afghan Student: Muhammad’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 11:17 am

“I realized that whatever I said and whatever I did, I was helping create my classmates’ perception of what an Afghan person is,” wrote Abuzar last week of his experience studying at a U.S. high school.  He worked hard every second to “introduce Afghanistan through the eyes of my generation, a generation tired of the […]

Why a School-full of Americans Now Know About Nepal (SHARING is CARING!)

by Abhushan Gautam - Posts (2). Posted Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

“Namaste! I am Abhushan and I am from Nepal.” “Really? Have you ever climbed Mt. Everest?” “Do you live in the mountains?” “Do you pet Yetis back in Nepal?” “Yes, I am from Nepal.” “No I haven’t climbed Mt. Everest because it is at a whopping altitude of 8850 meters.” “I live in a big […]

Waste of Resources: Ferran’s Impressions

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

This post comes from our sister blog, Comité de Estudiantes, and has been translated from its original Spanish. Blogger Ferran Masip-Valls talks about one of the things he has found most different, and disconcerting, about the U.S. The United States is crazy. New York rent, by law, includes water and heating, which are the responsibilities […]

Do You Know How to Give an ‘American Hug?’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am

This funny and informative video supposedly comes from a Columbia Business School Orientation in 2008. Topics covered: (1) How to recognize an American; (2) how to greet an American you’ve just met; (3) how to greet an American after having a few beers. Videos from the rest of the presentation are on the uploader’s YouTube […]

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Love and Dating for International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

With love in the air this week thanks to Valentine’s Day, our Facebook fan Abdirahman reminded us that love is universal. Dating, however, is not.  Romantic life in the U.S. isn’t what you’ve seen in TV and movies, but it might still be different from what you’re used to. For Sadia, her first Valentine’s Day […]

Who’s Nicer, Americans or Chinese?

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am

Before coming to the U.S., some people told me that Americans are very nice, warm and friendly, while others said that the western culture and philosophy is about egoism, highly individualism which means little emotional bonds among people, in other words, Americans are selfish and cold. Those were what I have been told before. (Neither […]

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Preparing for Cultural Immersion

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 11:03 am

The University of the Pacific has an online guide for students planning to study abroad, which has information and exercises designed to prepare you for living in a different culture. It probably can’t eliminate culture shock, but it might be useful in preparing you for what types of things could be different. Even though it’s […]

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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 American Way

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 7:54 am

“Are you against the American Way?” A friend of mine asked me this as I sat down for breakfast in our college’s dining hall. He’s something of a jokester; what he tried to refer to was the fact that I didn’t have bacon and eggs, but some cream cheese on English muffins and fruit. It […]

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Be Proud of Your Country!

by Jamal Janybek - Posts (3). Posted Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 2:34 pm

How many Americans have ever heard of my home country, Kyrgyzstan? It has been about two months since I arrived in the United States, and in that time I’ve gotten used to people being surprised when I tell them where I’m from. Kyrgyzstan is a little, mountainous country that is located in Central Asia. It […]

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A Personal Take on “Americanization”

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 10:46 am

Setting down my heavy, chock-full plate, I took off my jacket and sat down next to Chen, my friend from China. As usual, she was enjoying a wok dish of fried noodles with chicken and vegetables. I watched as she turned to look at my plate and, in a mocking tone, uttered her latest discovery: […]

King of the Road

by Rudro Roy - Posts (2). Posted Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Look left, then right. Check the left again. The white walking man lights up, which signifies safe passage. I cross the road safely and let out a sigh of relief. Having arrived in Chico, California more than a year ago, I still have trouble crossing the street sometimes. In my country, oncoming traffic arrives from […]

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