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Turning Winter to Summer in Ithaca

by Summer - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 8:52 am

I was told an anecdote about Cornell when I first came here. People say there are four seasons in Ithaca: Orientation week, pre-winter, winter, and post-winter. By now I think I understand what they mean. Ithaca is gorgeous, and Cornell is definitely the most beautiful school that I have ever seen. The days before 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. […]

Cairo ‘Looks Like a Hollywood Movie’ to Egyptian Student in US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Ahmed El-Selawy came to the U.S. from Egypt in August to study political science and international studies at American University (AU) on a State Department Near East and South Asia exchange. In the past few days he has watched his hometown of Cairo erupt into protests and chaos. Ahmed, who interns at VOA, was nice enough […]

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Campuses Celebrate Diwali

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Sometimes being far from home can mean missing out on traditions and holidays.  But some colleges make efforts to bring the traditions and holidays to you. On i-studentlife, Ronak Jain explains the Indian celebration of Diwali and how he was pleasantly surprised to find a Diwali festival in his dorm.

Homesickness. Literally.

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at 4:43 pm

The Kansan (the University of Kansas student newspaper) compares the experiences of three international students who had very different reactions to arriving in Lawrence, Kansas.  One was so overwhelmed with homesickness and stress he made himself ill. Our very own Sebastian also attends the University of Kansas and wrote about how he adjusted to life […]

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Advice: Arriving in the U.S. (Part 2)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

At this time of year, universities are just getting back into session.  Freshmen and first years are arriving in new cities, and even new countries, for the first time and getting to know the place where they will spend the next few years of their lives.  Our bloggers remember what it was like to arrive […]

It happens to Americans too

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

“Five things I miss” by blogger Joe, an American who’s studying abroad in Senegal.  #5: Fruit.  #1: Family.

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Obama, here I come

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

As if in a trance, I picked up my bags, put one foot in front of the other until, by some miracle, I found myself staring into the eyes of the poker-faced official sitting behind the check-in counter. In retrospect, this was my longest journey ever. Not even the ensuing twenty-nine hour flight from Zimbabwe […]

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