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Can Exchange Students Find Love in America?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This past Valentines’ Day, as another year of singledom loomed, I took a step back to consider why a relationship just wasn’t working for me. The past two years have been far from stable for me. I moved away from home to a university in Liverpool, only to find out 6 months later that I […]

The US in Words #7: YOLO (Finding a Better Version of Myself)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 10:54 am

The seventh in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. YOLO = You only live once A friend who I had met at a hostel in Philadelphia recommended I get a tattoo with the inscription “YOLO,” which stands for “You Only Live Once.” I hadn’t heard the phrase […]

Hook Up Culture in the US: Encountering it and Navigating It

by Yu - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 6:30 am

There’s something that tends to happen every Saturday morning in my house. In our respective rooms, we wake up early, usually to the sound of one another’s stirrings. Someone goes to the bathroom, brushes his or her teeth, starts to get ready. Eventually, when we’re all awake and have our doors open, one of us […]

Just When I Learn the Answers, They Change the Questions: A Zimbabwean’s Journey

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 10:29 am

I smile wryly as I go through my freshman photos. It is hard to believe that just 2 years ago, I arrived in the United States, fresh-faced and starry eyed; weighed down by suitcases, expectations and an overwhelming fear of the unknown. In my head, as well as in my diary and journal, was a clear […]

Ask Tara: Relationship Advice from a Chinese and American Perspective

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 10:42 am

My best girlfriend, who is Chinese, is dating an American classmate.  If you’ve been reading this blog, you already know that I am also dating an American, so she has been using me as her own personal relationship coach (which I am more than happy to be!). I guess other foreign students might have similar […]

Everything You Need to Know about Dating an American and Having the ‘Relationship Talk’

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Having lived in the U.S. for two years now, I have been experienced many firsts, but none of them compare to the first I experienced last week – my first Valentine’s Day. Well, the first Valentine’s Day I actually got to celebrate, anyway. It is hard to believe that my first big day romance-wise happened […]

Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Favorite International Student

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:18 am

We’ve had a few serious thoughts in the past on being in America for Valentine’s Day, but here are some light-hearted ways to show that special international student how you feel… 1) I’ve got my I-20 and my financial statements ready… 2) But is it a grant or a loan?

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Celebrating Love, the American and African Styles

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 10:39 am

On Valentine’s Day, every girl yearns for a candle-lit dinner in a fancy restaurant with good company. Sometimes, instead of just waiting and yearning, it is probably a good idea to whip out your purse, and make your dream come true. This Valentine’s Day, my two girlfriends and I found this to be excellent advice. […]

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 […]

Love and Disappointment Dating American Girls: Jairo’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Since we’re looking this week at dating as an international student, it seemed a perfect time to share this correspondence I had with Jairo Castillo, who comes from Venezuela and studied in the U.S. during the 1980s. Jairo sent me an email to tell me about his college years in Kansas and Oklahoma.  He shared […]

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