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Getting Into the American Obsession with Running

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 12:00 am

One of the first things I noticed when I got to school in Virginia was how many people ran outside.  They seemed to be everywhere, at all times of day or night – people jogging through the main quad, students walking around in exercise gear, traffic jams as runners tried to navigate through slower-moving students […]

What Exactly is American School Spirit All About?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

When I first arrived at the University of Maryland, and for many weeks after, I was bemused by the number of students who walked around dressed from head to toe in clothing with our university’s name on it, and by the volume of merchandise in the university bookstore that features our mascot, Testudo the terrapin. […]

Glossary of Confusing Words: March Madness Explained

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 9:46 am

As the end of March approaches, so does a sporting event that captivates almost everyone in college (and many who have long graduated), March Madness. I got the inspiration for this post from the excitement of having my own school’s team – the University of Kansas Jayhawks – making the finals, to be played tonight. […]

If You Stop Learning When You Leave the Classroom, You’re Doing it Wrong

by Cristiana - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 10:36 am

I went to college in Romania, studying Psychology at the University of Bucharest. From the beginning I was involved in extracurricular activities, from the school to the national level. I didn’t even think about them as extracurricular – I just loved doing things, working with students from other disciplines, coordinating teams, organizing events and going […]

Looking Back at a Year of Blogging: Sports and Movie Stars

by Doc Alex - Posts (8). Posted Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 10:28 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? #1) Football and Patriotism: A Super American Day, by Nareg Nareg is one of my favorite writers for the blog, It’s always interesting how he portrays American-ness in his blog posts. #2) Meeting Movie Stars and Oscar Winners, by Tara As a movie buff, I […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Gymnasium

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Now added to our Glossary of Confusing Words: gymnasium In the U.S. a gymnasium, more commonly referred to as a gym, is a building where athletic activities take place. Most colleges and universities have a gym for students to use for sports and athletic activities.  The gym will usually have a fitness center where students […]

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March Madness Hits University of Kansas

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 10:02 am

If you are a college student in the U.S., international or American, there are two things in March that create a hiatus in academic life. The first is spring break, which is usually a well-deserved week-long break after the dreaded midterms. And it’s usually about that time that the second – “March Madness” – starts. […]

From Nigeria to the US, A Basketball Success Story

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

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Football and Patriotism: A Super American Day

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Sunday Feb. 6 was the day of the Super Bowl (the American football championship), perhaps the biggest annual sporting event in the United States. St. John’s College hosts an annual Super Bowl screening, and our main auditorium was packed with students and staff, along with plenty of food and drink, for the event. American football […]

Lost in East Lansing

by Roua al-Hayki - Posts (2). Posted Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 10:03 am

As international students, when we first arrive in the U.S, we like to have a sense of the place – we want to feel home. We start by walking long distances to discover the area around us. We get lost and then suddenly, we find the way back. Our hearts are full of excitement and […]

A Sea of Red: College Football

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Blogger Jamie describes going to an Oklahoma University football game and shares some incredible photos of the football stadium in full swing

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