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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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Solitary: Rahela’s Story of a Lonely First Year in America

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 9:21 am

Rahela spent her junior and senior years of high school studying in Vermont, and is now starting at an American college. She shared this story about her first year in the U.S., which held more than its fair share of disappointments. The United States is a multi-cultural country that is famous as a melting pot. […]

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 […]

Putting Aside What’s Comfortable to Do What’s Meaningful

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

If you speak Chinese, this video that came across our Twitter feed today is well worth watching. An American Fulbrighter in China, Daniel Tedesco, speaks (to an audience including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and State Councillor Liu Yandong!) about the challenges of building connections in another country. “…too many of us spend time mostly […]

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Whose Fault is it When American and International Students Don’t Mix?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 11:01 am

Michigan State University very bravely posted this video, featuring a candid discussion among Chinese students and American students about the challenges in forming cross-cultural relationships. It prompted a lot of discussion among our bloggers over the weekend. One person said that they agree that it can be difficult to form close relationships because Chinese and […]

Share Your Opinion: Do American Students Like Their International Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 7:37 am

What do American students think about their international classmates? Do they like them, shun them or feel indifferent? Our bloggers have shared their own experiences making friends in the U.S., and most said that American students are eager to learn about foreign countries and customs. Nareg wrote, for example: I am happy to say that […]

What Does it Mean to ‘Be American’ as a Chinese Student?

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 9:05 am

I’m Chinese, but kinda American. Since August 16, 2008, the day I arrived in the United States, I have been asked thousands of times, “Where are you from?” For most Chinese students studying abroad, the automatic answer would be, “Yea, China of course!” However, for some, it is not as simple as the nationality presented […]

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 […]

Battling with Language in the Far-Away Land of Minneapolis

by Promise Okeke - Posts (5). Posted Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 8:56 am

Am I the one? Am I the Promise who promised himself his Nigerian accent was not going to take a slip? I never would have believed I could so easily twist my tongue in an American twang. But let’s go back to the beginning. You might be asking, “How has the experience been so far?” […]

Pete and Repeat are on a Boat…and Other Adventures in American Culture

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 8:51 am

Before summer vacation started, a bunch of our bloggers got together (via Skype) to chat about how their experiences over the past school year – the ups and downs, challenges and victories, and what they learned. We had some fantastic conversations, even digging into a few topics we hadn’t really covered in the blog posts […]

Is Having An Accent a Positive or a Negative?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

On his blog about life at Berkeley College in New York, blogger Jose Navarro debates whether having an accent is a positive or a negative for international students in the US. He writes of his English language skills: Now, it’s not that I have a problem with the language, but I do (as most of […]

Top 5 Most Shared Posts on Facebook and Twitter

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Continuing our look back at the top posts of the past school year, here are your… Top 5 most shared posts on Facebook and Twitter: #1) Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story They talked about how free the U.S. education is and they talked about liberal arts education where if you […]

Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of the School Year

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

As the academic year comes to an end and summer vacation begins, we’ll take a look back at the past school year and share some of your favorite posts…and some of our favorites too!  So stay tuned over the next week or so for a bunch of lists recapping the best of the past school […]

Don’t Study in the US: Part 3, the Cultural Side

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

Though it feels like most people talk about improving their career prospects or getting a better education when they discuss why they want to study in the U.S., in an informal survey on our Facebook page, the majority of you said the cultural experience of studying abroad was the most important reason to study overseas. […]

Are Foreign Students Stereotyped by American Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This week, the Question of the Week was about tolerance and prejudice on campus.  How do Americans react to international students and the diversity that they bring? I asked our bloggers to reflect on their experiences, and to discuss any negative incidents they may have had with stereotyping or prejudice.  But (happily!) they all had […]

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