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Two Russians Discussing American Education

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This year is my second year at Mount Holyoke College and my third year in the States. Yet even after so much time here, there are still moments when I realize how culturally different Americans are, and I feel like screaming, “I don’t belong here!” I contacted my friend Dmitry, who is finishing his third […]

The 3 Pieces of Advice I Thought I Didn’t Need (But Definitely Did)

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Before I left for the U.S., I attended all the orientations about what life would be like there.  I heard tons of useful advice about how to prepare, what to pack, and what to expect.   And like most people, I scoffed at some of that advice.  But boy I wish I hadn’t! Settling into Indiana […]

What to Wear on Your First Day at a US College

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 9:35 am

Students wearing Columbia University sweatshirts (Photo: Flickr user airsoexen) Starting your first year at a U.S. school and wondering what to wear to fit in with your classmates? Just curious about the fashion at U.S. universities? Thanks to the voyeuristic power of social media, we get to take a look at the first day outfits […]

A Fresh Perspective on My Two Homes: US and Ukraine

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Kyiv (left) and Ohio University (right) (Source: Google Maps – DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, USDA Farm Service Agency) What is it like going back home after 15 months in the U.S.? I began looking forward to it the minute I booked my flight, which was three months in advance. I expected myself to be excited beyond all […]

Don’t They Feel Cold?

by Summer - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I didn’t realize how easy it was to distinguish between real Chinese girls and ABC girls [American-born Chinese] until I came here—they don’t even have to speak a word, just from the appearance. ABC girls, most of them wear make-up like American girls do, and they dress differently from Chinese girls. I heard American girls […]

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Well-Heeled

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at 12:38 pm

A pair of high-heeled shoes is an irreplaceable accessory for almost every Russian woman. We wear heels to school, work, trips, restaurants, everywhere… We just love them, even though they hurt and make our feet get tired quickly… When I came to the U.S., I continued to wear my favorite pair of high heels, even […]

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