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Finding Your Identity in the US: What’s in a Name?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 10:33 am

You know that feeling you get when someone doesn’t remember your name? That mix of embarrassment, hurt pride and annoyance as you repeat your name again, and again…and again?  It’s all too common for an international student in the U.S., as your name is likely to trip up most Americans. Last week we had a […]

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 […]

Love and Dating for International Students

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

With love in the air this week thanks to Valentine’s Day, our Facebook fan Abdirahman reminded us that love is universal. Dating, however, is not.  Romantic life in the U.S. isn’t what you’ve seen in TV and movies, but it might still be different from what you’re used to. For Sadia, her first Valentine’s Day […]

Question of the Week: How Will You Welcome the Year of the Rabbit?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 10:51 am

One of the toughest parts of studying in the U.S. is being far from home and your favorite holiday traditions. But the Chinese New Year (which falls on Feb. 3 this year), is one holiday that’s celebrated around the world. You might be far from your own traditions, but wherever you are, there are sure […]

Are Foreign Students Stereotyped by American Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This week, the Question of the Week was about tolerance and prejudice on campus.  How do Americans react to international students and the diversity that they bring? I asked our bloggers to reflect on their experiences, and to discuss any negative incidents they may have had with stereotyping or prejudice.  But (happily!) they all had […]

Question of the Week: Being a Muslim (or Anything Else) on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Many of our bloggers have brought up that one of the things they’ve been most pleased to find in America is diversity – people from all over the world and people with all sorts of beliefs and preferences. But Martin Luther King Day yesterday serves as a reminder that America has a difficult history, and […]

Does Your Cell Phone Rule Your Life? Staying Connected in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This week’s Question of the Week came to us from our friends at Digital Frontiers.  They wanted to know what technology and devices you use each day.  Are you tied to your BlackBerry or texting from your Nokia?  Do you update Facebook multiple times a day or play games online?  Do you wish you were […]

Question of the Week: What Devices Rule Your Life?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 10th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

The Question of the Week this week comes to you in partnership with our good friends over at the Digital Frontiers blog, which looks at how computers, mobiles, and other digital technologies are impacting our lives. What technologies rule your life?  Do you spend a lot of time on your computer or your mobile phone, […]

New Year’s Survey Meme: Your Thoughts on 2010, Ambitions for 2011

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

What stood out most for you in 2010?  What are your resolutions for 2011?  To answer the Question of the Week, we delved into the world of memes to look at one of the most loved and hated internet memes – the new year’s survey. How did our bloggers and other young bloggers around the […]

Question of the Week: What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 3rd, 2011 at 10:57 am

Happy new year everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful transition from 2010 to 2011, however and wherever you celebrated it.  Did you make a new year’s resolution for 2011? What have you learned in 2010 that you will use to make 2011 a better year?  What mistakes have you made in 2010 that you won’t […]

Question of the Week: How do you Decide Where to Apply?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

This week’s Question of the Week was about how you choose where to apply, and where to ultimately go. What factors are important? How do you research different colleges to make a decision? The question dovetailed with this week’s CollegeWeekLive International Day, a virtual college fair for international students, put on in partnership with EducationUSA. […]

Question of the Week: What do you want in a college?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

This week’s question of the week is inspired by Tuesday’s virtual college fair for international students, and the fact that early decision applicants are getting their first acceptance letters. What is/was your main criteria for picking a university?  How did you decide where you wanted to apply and where you wanted to go?  What made […]

Question of the Week: Learning and Studying in English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

This week’s Question of the Week was about keeping up academically, especially when English is not your native language.  How difficult is it to compete with your American classmates?  What’s been the hardest part about taking classes in English?  How can you make sure your English is good enough when you arrive? We got so […]

Question of the Week: Studying in English

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Inspired by a question on our Facebook page, and Tara’s recent post with tips for writing papers and giving oral exams, this week’s question is about studying in English when it’s not your native language. How hard (or not) is it to keep up academically with American classmates?  What’s the most difficult part about studying […]

Question of the Week: Do International Students Fit in With American Classmates?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 4:36 pm

This week’s Question of the Week was about diversity on campus. As an international student, you may have a different skin color, different religion or different socio-economic background than many of the Americans you’re at school with. At the very least, you’ll probably have a different accent. How will that affect where you fit in […]

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