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The Surprising Thing I Learned about the GRE

by Guest Post - Posts (66). Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

This guest post comes from Yun Ye, who is not only interning at VOA this semester, but also applying to graduate school. She recently attended an information session for her top choice school, and came back with a new perspective on the role of the GRE in admissions. More and more Chinese students are attending […]

Need Information About Grad School? Start Talking

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Before you apply to graduate school, you have to do a lot of research to figure out where to apply.  What schools offer the courses you want?  Where will you have the best rapport with the professors?  What program will set you up for the best career? I’m going through this process right now, as […]

Grad(e)ations of Culture

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 10:24 am

We have a student e-mail list at the graduate school I am attending. It gets all sorts of posts and threads (groups of posts and responses to them), from announcements of free food, to the buying and selling of goods and services, outings, events, academic questions and answers, news and video clips … the works. A […]

Watch it Again: Live Chat on Studying in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I had the great pleasure today to join VOA Learning English for a live video chat about studying in the U.S. A lot of you submitted questions in advance on Facebook, and we took some Skype calls during the chat as well. It was a great time and we covered a lot of topics, including […]

Top 5 Ways Academics in the US are Different

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Mohammed’s post yesterday about the amount of coursework assigned in American classes got me thinking about some other differences about studying in the States. Here are 5 of the biggest academic adjustments you might face, based on what I’ve heard students talk about: 1) Assignments are due throughout the semester As Mohammed warned, course grades […]

How Grad School Differs From Undergrad

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 9:52 am

The United States is diverse in many ways: it is a big country, with a few hundred million people, different kinds of geography and climate, regional accents alongside native speakers of probably hundreds of other languages, various customs, cuisines, and even styles of clothing. Education is unsurprisingly no exception. I just graduated, in May, from […]

Looking Back at Year One of Graduate School

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:26 am

My bags are packed, my final papers submitted, my apartment sublet, and as of next week I’ll be gone from George Washington University and the United States until the end of August.  It’s been a fast nine months, but I’ve officially reached the halfway point of my two-year graduate school program. To mark reaching the […]

What to Expect in a Graduate School Classroom

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

By the end of this semester I will have a total of seven graduate-level classes under my belt. Although different professors have had different teaching styles, I think I’m finally getting used to what to expect from a graduate school political science or history class. A lot of class discussion All but one of my […]

Piece by Piece I Rise with the Times

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 10:12 am

“If anything is certain, it is that change is certain.” -Philip Crosby The Unexpected Gets a Vote Three years ago I got a brief taste of what my life would become today. It all started with a new year’s resolution: to make all of my work count for something by seeing it through to the […]

Competing Against Myself: Academic Rivalry at Grad School

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Monday, December 20th, 2010 at 10:46 am

My old college roommate jetted into town last weekend for a conference with his New York law firm.  He’s the kind of guy who at 26 already has the key pieces of his life put together.  He graduated from NYU law school in May, proposed to his longtime girlfriend in August while vacationing in Europe, […]

China and the GREs – What Would You Do?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 2:16 am

By now you may have heard that tens of thousands of Chinese students have had their October GRE scores canceled by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The problem? An administrative error caused the ETS to administer an old exam by accident. Understandably, affected students are not too pleased, and some are reportedly considering a lawsuit […]

You Can Sleep When You’re Dead: Keeping the School/Life Balance

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 7:09 am

I sometimes think of my graduate program at George Washington University as a rite of passage.  It helps keep me motivated through those 12 hour days in the library, when I worry that I’m wasting the prime years of my life cooped-up in books. I remember what my political science professor said on our first […]

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