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Professors Like Good Writers, Risk-takers: 5 Questions with Dr Tobie Tondi

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Dr. Tobie Tondi is a theology professor at the University of San Diego, and a Sister of the Holy Child, who has taught international students, and has been an international student herself. Our special correspondent Zuleyma Ramirez interviewed Dr. Tondi to find out what international students should know if they want to succeed in a U.S. […]

Are you Competitive Enough to Make it in America?

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 8:47 am

There is an undeniable excitement about coming to study in the States – one reason why some international students do it – but it’s not all excitement. Yes, it is America. Yes, it is the land of freedom. Yes, it’s the place where different cultures clash…and live together in peace. However, you guys might agree […]

From Zimbabwe to America: Learning to Adapt and Overcome

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am

“Remember to keep warm when you get there. America is a cold place. And to call us daily. Don’t forget us.” These very words were the ultimate installment in a long series of many, many snippets of well-meaning advice from aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, cousins, passers-by, cousins of those passers-by, and anyone else who had […]

On the Importance of Having Realistic Expectations, or Welcome to America!!!

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am

“America is a dream country full of great opportunities!” This is what many of you have probably heard from all sorts of people around you. It’s really amazing how eagerly some people make judgments about things and events they have very little understanding of. And how eagerly we, in turn, are inclined to believe whatever […]

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American Culture: Out of the Movies and into Daily Reality

by Cristiana - Posts (3). Posted Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am

While I was watching American shows and movies on Romanian television, the décor  around me became surprisingly similar to that on the screen. The small colored houses, with ducks and chicken raised in the backyards, were replaced by large, beige homes with perfectly cut grass, bird feeders and playful pets. The gray, block, low-rise buildings […]

3 Truths and 3 Lies About Studying in New York City

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

This post comes from friend-of-the-blog Jose Navarro, who studies at Berkeley College in New York and writes the very good Berkeley College Life blog.  He has been home in Spain for the summer, and shares some of the most common questions people back home have asked him about New York. These two months that I […]

My Biggest Surprise in the US: Sadia’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 10:59 am

I received an email recently from a student in California – Sadia Awan from Pakistan.  Inspired by some of our posts on this blog about arriving in the U.S. and how foreign students are treated in America, she shared her story of going through airport security for the first time.  It was a shock, she […]

Whats Up DC? Ready Or Not, Here I Come

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

“America is another name for opportunity.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson So the journey begins. The name is Doc Alex Busingye and I am an international student from Uganda. It’s the late summer 2010 and this is the dawn of a new chapter. I finally made it to the nation’s capital.  Heaven knows what it took to […]

Blessed is He Who Expects Nothing

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.Alexander Pope, Letter to Gay, October 6, 1727 English poet & satirist (1688 – 1744) Yes, of all the emotions that I have experienced since my arrival in America, disappointment is the greatest. Of course, I had not expected to see money trees lining […]

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