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No, You Will Not Meet Obama in DC: Keith’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 12:47 pm

You might remember Keith Mushonga from his vivid story about traveling to the U.S. for the first time. Well, he wanted to share a story of another travel adventure – his spring break trip to Washington, D.C. Keith says the trip was organized for international students by his school’s international center, and excitement and anticipation […]

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The Anxiety, Nerves and Excitement of Your First Arrival: Keith’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

The chaos of traveling. The mixed emotions of leaving your family. The fear and excitement of that moment when the plane takes off and it all becomes real. We’ve shared several stories of what it’s like to arrive in the U.S. for the first time, but perhaps none as vivid as this, submitted by Keith […]

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One Crazy Night in New York (But Can We Get Back in Time for Class?)

by Annisa Budiman - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

New York is where everything happens! All the best places to visit, restaurants to try, and concerts to attend. Unfortunately, I live 5 hours away from New York in Washington, D.C. But when I heard that my favorite group, Swedish House Mafia, would be performing their last tour worldwide, and that their closest stop to […]

Ilham Shares Important Lessons Learned Through a Travel Disaster

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

A few weeks ago, Zita told her story of flying to New York for the first time, and the mistakes she made. Turns out that’s nothing compared to Ilham’s story. Ilham is from Indonesia and studying at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin as part of the Community College Initiative program. He wrote in to talk […]

Is it Possible to Travel Wisely?

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Most international students have to take a flight, or even several flights, to reach their destination in the U.S. By the time we become seniors we are professionals at packing suitcases, navigating airports and making it through long flights. Very early in my undergraduate career I learned how unpredictable traveling can be, and got some […]

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The Novelty Has Worn Off. So What Now?

by Tom Collier - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

After conquering my first action-packed semester in the US, when I returned for my second after the Christmas break I expected to come back almost victorious. I had overcome all the nerves I had felt before I first came, and had had an incredible few months. Instead, upon returning to campus I was hit by […]

Getting to the US as a Wife and Mother: Sarah’s Story

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 11:19 am

We hear from many students who have faced unique challenges in studying in the U.S., but Sarah’s story is one we haven’t heard before.  She wrote to us to say that she was “over the moon” to receive her acceptance to Notre Dame University, but “the big question? How will we take the children calmly […]

Where Would You Go to Find Yourself?

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 11:29 am

If you had a chance to go anywhere in the world and do one thing for your career over the summer, what would you do? When I say I am majoring in economics, most people try to clarify. “Consulting?” they ask. “Management?” But my passion is development economics; that is, economics of poor and least […]

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Saying Goodbye to My Fargo

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at 9:22 am

“From the Great Lakes going down through Chicago, it seems to me that if you want to find America, that’s where it is.” – American actor William H. Macy. Macy was talking about his leading role in the Oscar-winning comedy/thriller Fargo, which takes place in the Midwest states of North Dakota and Minnesota. Fargo, the […]

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Travel Tips for International Students in America

by Dandan - Posts (11). Posted Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 10:46 am

Ah, it is summer again! The golden time for travel! Dear international students, are you familiar with traveling in America? As an international student myself, I can still remember my first travel in America. I learned a lot about how transportation works in the U.S., and I’m glad to share with you some tips I […]

How 2 Weeks in San Francisco Made Memories and Inspiration

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 9:28 am

Daranita is a student in Cambodia, where she is majoring in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Business Management. This summer she came on a short exchange program to San Francisco to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation, and shares this story about her experience visiting some of the most famous companies in America. […]

Philly, You Should Be Proud

by Sadia Sikander Awan - Posts (2). Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:11 am

Recently I traveled from San Francisco to the east coast, for what was a lifetime opportunity to see the real America. When I say “real America” I don’t mean fast food, Hollywood or skyscrapers, but rather the history and culture. Like many other people I also had this perception that America starts with Christopher Columbus […]

A New View of New York: Jihye’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 10:30 am

Our wonderful VOA intern Jihye Choi, who comes from Korea, shares her second photo essay of pictures from America. Last time, the photos were of Washington, D.C., where she lives and works. This time, she had a chance to visit New York City and shares some great photos and stories from her trip.  I’m from […]

Surreal Road-tripping in Sin-sational Las Vegas

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Las Vegas. It’s the sort of place which has been portrayed in mythical terms in the movies and on television to such a scale that it seems impossible to think of it as a real place, an actual city where people live and work. I had been meaning to take a trip there for a […]

Sometimes a Direct Flight Is a Missed Opportunity

by Hau Hoang - Posts (6). Posted Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 10:16 am

If there is one thing I recently learned, it is that you never know what America has in store for you to explore. San Francisco is one of those American gems that charmed me immediately. I had a half-day layover last Saturday as I was flying back to school in New Mexico. Since my flight […]

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