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The Hilarious and Informative Sounds of Pi Day

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

If you’ve been following this blog long enough, you know that I (unironically) think the song Friday by Rebecca Black brings the world together. So imagine how pleased I was to find out it also holds a special place in the hearts of math geeks today. Today happens to be March 14, aka Pi Day. […]

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An Examination of Time Distributions and Their Impact on Student Exam Effectiveness

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 9:24 am

With so little time left before the dreaded season of finals gets here, we take a scientific look at the radical changes observed in student behavior during this time of the year. As final exams approach, the usage of time goes through dramatic changes and re-distributions.  Most obviously, the amount of time spent doing regular activities […]

Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Favorite International Student

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 11:18 am

We’ve had a few serious thoughts in the past on being in America for Valentine’s Day, but here are some light-hearted ways to show that special international student how you feel… 1) I’ve got my I-20 and my financial statements ready… 2) But is it a grant or a loan?

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10 Final Exam Memes By People Wasting More Time Than You

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Ah, final exams.  A time to step back and consider all the knowledge you’ve gained in the past few fruitful months. That, or completely freak out and find excuses to do anything other than study.  Most people on Tumblr seem to have chosen the latter option. And luckily for us, they’re spending their time making […]

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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 […]

A More Exciting Way to Apply for Your Student Visa

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

This video from the U.S. Embassy in London lays out the procedures most students will follow to get their student visa – in the form of a blockbuster spy movie! Sure we know it’s not really that exciting to register for SEVIS, but maybe pretending to be James Bond will help. Just make sure you’ve […]

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It’s Friday (All Over the World)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 am

Many of you have probably heard of Rebecca Black and her song, “Friday.” Many of you are probably sick of it. But did you know that it’s helping unite the world? People all over the globe have been translating and covering Rebecca Black. Hey, whatever brings people together, right? So here, for your Friday enjoyment, […]

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Some of Your Funniest English Mistakes

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Last week we shared a post from VOA intern Matthew Kopfer, who talked about common mistakes Russians make when learning English, and why some of them are very funny to Americans. Since then, some of you have shared your own funny mistakes, or ones you’ve heard your friends make. Sure, no one likes to make […]

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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 […]

Avoid These Common Faux Pas in American Cities

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Want to avoid embarrassment when visiting U.S. cities? There’s a great series of posts on Q+A site Quora (a social question and answer site similar to Yahoo! Answers) discussing cultural faux pas to avoid in various cities. Some of the tips are serious (pretty please, don’t stand on the left side of an escalator in […]

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Do You Know How to Give an ‘American Hug?’

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 9:22 am

This funny and informative video supposedly comes from a Columbia Business School Orientation in 2008. Topics covered: (1) How to recognize an American; (2) how to greet an American you’ve just met; (3) how to greet an American after having a few beers. Videos from the rest of the presentation are on the uploader’s YouTube […]

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Americans Mispronounce Your Name

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 11:58 am

Want to hear your name mangled in crazy (and hilarious) ways? Just ask an American to try and pronounce it. It’s one of the things you’ll surely have to get used to if you study in the U.S. Nareg shared this story with The Armenian Weekly: I was at a coffee shop with an Armenian […]

US Culture, Through the Eyes of the BBC’s America Correspondent

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at 11:19 am

BBC correspondent Kevin Connolly, leaving his post in America after 3 years, writes a poignant look at what has intrigued, surprised, and charmed him about the U.S. These things too are familiar enough, but a country so large, so restless and so energetic is necessarily full of surprises and contradictory impulses too. This is after […]

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Whoever Thought of Final Exams Should Be…

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I follow a lot of blogs by college students, and this week, every single one of them was talking about final exams.  Want to know how much people enjoy taking finals in America?  The answer is, about as much as they do anywhere else.  Some of my favorite posts: A badass playlist is essential to […]

Closing the Communication Gap

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 10:56 am

Thanks to RedBus2US for finding this hilarious video about some of the communication problems one Indian man faced when he came to the U.S. It makes me think of Inigo from The Princess Bride: “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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