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On Encountering Racism in College

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Simbarashe Runyowa, an Oberlin student from Zimbabwe. The topic is a delicate one – racism that Simbarashe encounters here in the U.S., and in his home nation. Throughout, he refers to “the n-word.” For those unfamiliar, there’s a racist slur beginning the the letter “n” used to refer to […]

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Race Relations and the Symptoms of a Wounded Nation

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The first time I saw the wall was at an academic debate on diversity in college admissions. I went to hear some viewpoints on what it meant to be black, white, Latino, Asian, or anything else in America. But what I heard was not a debate on diversity, but a carefully navigated, walking-on-eggshells discussion of […]

To My Muslim Friends: Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

When I started the process of applying to undergraduate schools in the United States, I never thought about whether America would be a welcoming place for a young Muslim student. I read articles that talked about the diverse America, the melting pot America, and the land of dreams America. I had conversations with friends who […]

The US in Words #6: Pinned Down (How I Discovered my Own Identity)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 10:59 pm

The sixth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. To pin (something/someone) down = to get exact or specific information on/from There were a few things I was sure I was before coming to the United States: blond, big, and Uruguayan. However, all of these things, which were […]

When Your Race Is Not the Only Race: An Education in Diversity

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Being in a multiracial environment changes how you view yourself and the world. Whatever your race is, when you are surrounded by people of another race, you become more aware of your color, your looks, your accent, and the people who you ‘belong to.‘ You start to see that the world is divided by subtle […]

A New Style of Education Through Cultural Diversity

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Before coming to the U.S., I went to college in Iraq. For four years, I was in classes five days a week from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. I have no clue how my brain is still intact and functioning after that. I’m not going to attack that style of education, […]

Separation Between International and National Students Happens Everywhere

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

While we’ve been on vacation, you guys have been busy commenting and weighing in on our anonymous survey revealing the truth about how American students feel towards their international classmates. Take a look: Part 1: The Truth – Americans Reveal What They Really Think of International Students Part 2: Why Aren’t Americans and International Students Becoming Friends? […]

60+ Opinions From American Students About Their International Classmates

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 10:21 am

So you want to know what American students really think of international students?  You’re in luck! We did a survey to answer just that question, asking over 50 Americans to answer anonymously with their honest opinion of their international classmates.  If you haven’t read our analyses of the survey results, take a look at these […]

The Truth: Americans Reveal What They Really Think of International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 9:55 am

Admit it, you’re secretly dying to know what other people think of you – what they say behind your back that they would never say to your face. Do they really like you, or are they just being nice? After some of our international student friends told us they’d love to know what their American […]

Overcoming Stereotypes of Chinese Students: Diane’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I met Diane Paik, a student at Michigan State University, because she was in a journalism class that was assigned to report on the increase in the Chinese student population at MSU (you might remember the class’s work from this post). As the year came to a close, I asked her what she had learned […]

On Being an African in the US: Navigating an Endless Web of Stereotypes

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 5:16 am

During my first week in the United States, I went to lunch with a group of American students to whom I had just been introduced. Pleasantries were being exchanged around the room, as was some great food and conversation. Everyone was immersed in those typical introductory conversations that revolve around hometowns, majors, dorm choices and […]

How Young African Leaders Are Changing The Narrative (or, Do Africans Live in the Forest?)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

America is a country where you can find incredible diversity, but also racial and cultural prejudices.  In their time as international students, our bloggers have confronted stereotypes about their own country and had their own preconceptions about other countries challenged. Like we did last year, and earlier this year, a bunch of us hopped on […]

A Step Towards Finding Balance Between Chinese and American Students

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Earlier this week we posted a video in which Chinese and American students talked candidly about some of the problems they encounter in forming relationships on campus. It generated a lot of discussion about the source of these tensions and what needs to be done about them.  In this article, Qian looks at the situation […]

Disability, Difference and Left-handedness in China and America

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 9:56 am

“Professor, you write with your left hand!” In my professor’s office, seeing her working with her left hand, I can’t help screaming. Since my first day in America, I have seen a great number of left-handed people: three out of my six professors are left-handed, and the left-handed amongst my classmates are more than I […]

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Superficial Diversity? Why Political Activism is Rare in the US

by Guest Post - Posts (70). Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This post comes from our sister blog, Comite de Estudiantes (the Spanish version of the Student Union).  Columbia University student Ferran Masip-Valls talks about why there seems to be less activism on U.S. campus (which, by the way, is considered a relatively politically active school by American standards) than at his school back home. For […]

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