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Jose Explains 3 Types of Americans and How to Interact With Them

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

On the question and answer site Quora, Jose Carlos Marquez described the many ways Americans may react to international students. “Americans are very friendly in general,” he wrote, explained that forming deep friendships with American classmates can be difficult but that these friendships do develop with time. However, he noted, some Americans are easier to […]

Don’t Let First Impressions Ruin Your Roommate Relationship

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 9:51 am

You may remember Rahela from the story  she shared almost exactly a year ago, when she was finishing two years of high school in the U.S. She hadn’t made any close friends in those two years and was struggling to explain why. A year later, she’s just finished her freshman year in college. She went […]

Help Us Translate These American Opinions on International Friendships

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am

We recently received a message from one of our Vietnamese friends asking if we had translations for any of our stuff. We don’t, but we could … with your help! This is one of our most popular videos, exploring American students’ opinions about their international classmates (produced as part of our series on Americans’ real […]

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I Found ‘the Opposite of Loneliness’ Too

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life,” wrote Marina Keegan about graduating with the Yale University class of 2012. In her essay “The Opposite of Loneliness,” Marina describes the feeling as one of knowing you have an abundance of […]

Tricks for Keeping Friendships from Home Alive

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

It is hard to live in one place knowing that somewhere there is another place to which you belong. You always wonder what you are missing or whether you would be better off at the other place. The idea that once you go back everything will be different and you won’t fit in anymore often […]

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Top Posts of 2012 #5: Navigating and Defeating Negative Stereotypes

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 12:36 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one.  If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

How Much Easier Does an English Guy Have it In the US?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 11:51 am

When I first joined the Student Union, I quickly discovered that most of my fellow bloggers, and indeed most of our readers, were students from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, not from Western Europe like me, and certainly not from England. At first I thought this might be a problem. Do I really deserve […]

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 […]

Why Aren’t Americans and International Students Becoming Friends?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Yesterday we learned that American students like having international students on campus. Only 10% of the American students who took our anonymous survey (a survey designed to find out what Americans really think about their international classmates) told us that they wouldn’t want more international students at their school. » Read part 1 of this […]

American Friends Don’t Criticize (And Other Thoughts on How Friendship Differs in China and the US)

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 10:33 am

We’ve talked a lot about why Chinese and American students often don’t form close relationships on campus.  We’ve asked whether one side or the other is to blame, which cultural differences might have an impact, and even whether the admissions process has a role to play in improving relationships. Dandan, who is from China and […]

The Complications of Friendship in America

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 10:35 am

It occurred to me recently as I was sitting around the table having lunch in between classes that the vast majority of my friends in college are international students. Now, this is not to say I had been living in oblivion about this fact all this time, but rather I came to the realization that […]

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