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Need an Extension on a Paper? Offer a Compromise Instead

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 10:34 am

I still had two hours until the submission deadline when I got to the Mount Holyoke library to print out my eight-page final paper. I put my belongings, including the USB drive with my paper on it, on a desk near the computer and went to say hi to a friend at the other end […]

How to Be a Good Student in America: 3 Dos and Don’ts

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

DOs DON’Ts Persevere Cheat Ask professors for help Chase two hares at a time Speak out Stop trying DO: Persevere Writing papers has always been a challenge for me. The type of writing that is considered a vital skill in the U.S., being able to construct and defend an argument, is not something I learned […]

5 Simple Habits to Raise Your GPA

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Maintaining a good GPA is one of the most important objectives for most college students. For potential employers, it may be a key way they can judge your diligence and work ethic. If you start off with a low GPA, it can be an insurmountable struggle to bring it up, and may cause you to […]

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

by Guest Post - Posts (71). 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. […]

Inside a Middle School Classroom: Creative Homework, Running Through Corridors

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 3:04 pm

We’ve heard many stories of what college and university classes are like: Heavy on the reading, wrote Chris, with assignments due all throughout the semester, added Mohammed, and a heavy emphasis on class participation and critical thinking. Lax in terms of classroom discipline, noted Anna, but with a real expectation that students take personal responsibility for […]

The Rules You Need to Follow when Working with American Students

by Rin Ichino - Posts (3). Posted Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 10:46 am

I gave a sigh of relief – our research project and presentation would be in a group! Now my friends would help me with English, and I wouldn’t have to worry that I would mess up the presentation because of my language skills. This was 9 months ago, in the summer of 2012, before I […]

The Must-have Items for Surviving School in the US

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 9:52 am

Let’s be honest, as fun and exciting as it is to be a university student, it can also be TOUGH. Not only do you have to stay on top of all the schoolwork, meaning long hours of studying and more reading than is humanly possible, but it is also often a time of intense personal […]

Take a Tour of our Favorite Campus Study Spaces

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 8:01 am

Whether we like it or not, the activity that takes up most of our time – more time than even sleeping – is studying. So it’s important to find a great place to do it, and all of us have found those unique study spaces that have become like our second homes. Come with us […]

Two Russians Discussing American Education

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This year is my second year at Mount Holyoke College and my third year in the States. Yet even after so much time here, there are still moments when I realize how culturally different Americans are, and I feel like screaming, “I don’t belong here!” I contacted my friend Dmitry, who is finishing his third […]

10 Ways Being a Student in the US is Different Than in Russia

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Being a student in the U.S. is different in a lot of ways than what I experienced back in Russia.  Classes are taught differently, schools are run differently, and grades are doled out differently – some for the good and some for the bad.  Here are the top 10 things I’ve had to adjust to […]

What are American Classes Like?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Question #3 in our Q&A event comes from Joseph who asked: how is academic and also how can l get a scholarship to study. Classes are generally taught either “lecture-style,” which means the professor lectures the whole time, or “seminar-style,” which means most of the class is devoted to discussion.  You’ll probably find that intro-level […]

Are you Competitive Enough to Make it in America?

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 8:47 am

There is an undeniable excitement about coming to study in the States – one reason why some international students do it – but it’s not all excitement. Yes, it is America. Yes, it is the land of freedom. Yes, it’s the place where different cultures clash…and live together in peace. However, you guys might agree […]

Singaporeans Weigh in on What it’s Like to Study in America

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 9:54 am

There’s a great discussion happening on Quora between a group of Singaporeans discussing what it’s like to study in the U.S. A lot of what they talk about we’ve discussed before, such as trying to fit in but maintain your home culture, or being in a minority ethnic group for the first time.  But these […]

Favorite Posts: Breaking Stereotypes and Learning Good Habits

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 8:34 am

These are my favorite two posts from last semester. The first one is a compilation I liked since it breaks the stereotypes and stands up for an ideology that had been falsely attacked. The second one is a post from Jamie that I found particularly helpful and I think a lot of college students may have done […]

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 […]

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