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Professors Like Good Writers, Risk-takers: 5 Questions with Dr Tobie Tondi

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Dr. Tobie Tondi is a theology professor at the University of San Diego, and a Sister of the Holy Child, who has taught international students, and has been an international student herself. Our special correspondent Zuleyma Ramirez interviewed Dr. Tondi to find out what international students should know if they want to succeed in a U.S. […]

Helping International Students Through: 5 Questions with International Student Advisor Lee Seedorff

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Lee Seedorff is the senior associate director of the University of Iowa’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services, a school with over 3,500 international students.  Jane Dou, a Chinese student at the University of Iowa, wanted to find out how an international advisor like Lee communicates with her many charges and what challenges she […]

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How Young African Leaders Are Changing The Narrative (or, Do Africans Live in the Forest?)

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

America is a country where you can find incredible diversity, but also racial and cultural prejudices.  In their time as international students, our bloggers have confronted stereotypes about their own country and had their own preconceptions about other countries challenged. Like we did last year, and earlier this year, a bunch of us hopped on […]

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 […]

Advice for Prospective International Students, with Bonus Two SAT Horror Stories

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at 5:19 am

Yesterday we shared the first of two recent phone conversations we had to talk about studying and living in the U.S. If you didn’t have a chance to listen to that one, check it out. In this second conversation, we start out talking about American culture, but with prospective student Vladimir on the line, quickly […]

Only in America Moments, Plus Lots of Advice from International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

You might remember last year we had a blast recording and sharing a few phone conversations where the bloggers compared notes from their year in the States. If you haven’t listened to those, check ‘em out.  They were lots of fun: Pete and Repeat are on a Boat…and Other Adventures in American Culture In fact, they […]

Is the Multiple Entry Visa Worth the Risk?: Azadeh’s Story Part 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Azadeh has been in the U.S. for 3 years as a PhD student at the University of Maryland, during which time she hasn’t been able to see her family back in Iran. Up until recently, Iranian students could only receive a single-entry visa, which meant their visa would allow them to enter the country one […]

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The Long Trip and the Long Wait: Azadeh’s Story Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am

As Iranian student Azadeh tells me about the rumors that circulated among her friends about how to get a student visa to the U.S., she sounds like the foreign students I’ve encountered on so many internet forums. “People say that if she takes the, for example, the yellow page it means she’s going to issue […]

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: Differences Between the First Year and Veteran Experiences

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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 […]

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 […]

Transforming from Passive Student to Active Advocate: Shu Wen’s Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 10:08 am

Shu Wen Teo is a sophomore at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, where she studies biology (and chemistry, and business administration, and would study political science too if she had the time).  She comes from Malaysia, and in addition to keeping up her busy academic schedule, she has devoted a lot of time to helping […]

Bloggers Talk Studying in the US on Upfront Africa

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

VOA’s Upfront Africa radio program has interviewed some of our bloggers before, but program host Jackson Mvunganyi really outdid himself yesterday by having Jihye, Sadia, Nareg and Alex on to talk about their experiences studying in the U.S. and writing for the blog.  Oh, and I talk a little bit too. Excerpts of our discussion […]

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