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

by Guest Post - Posts (66). 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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Ilham Shares Important Lessons Learned Through a Travel Disaster

by Guest Post - Posts (66). 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 […]

The Quest for Desi, Halal Food in America

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am

The sharp scent of red spices and curry powder. Heat emanating from the fresh pieces of naan bread. The sound of silverware clattering against each other. And the sight of native, desi food. I suddenly felt that a piece of me that had been empty for months was alive again. I was in New York, […]

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 […]

Looking at the Beauty of America Beyond LA and New York

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 9:09 am

Back and energized from an amazing fall break! With a busy college term and constant assignments all leading up to midterms, it was great to finally get a break. Although the vacation was short, it was a much-needed time to rest and get away from the routine of books and college activities. I was fortunate […]

How 2 Weeks in San Francisco Made Memories and Inspiration

by Guest Post - Posts (66). 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. […]

A New View of New York: Jihye’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (66). 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 […]

Tips for a Successful Summer Break

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 am

It’s a little crazy that my spring break ended just a couple days ago, but already the end of the semester is only a few weeks away. By the end of April, I’ll have finished all of my regular classes and will only have a couple of final papers left to turn in. I’ll be […]

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 […]

Welcome Back to a Whiter and More Slippery Kansas

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 3:33 pm

It’s February and I’m back to Kansas after a month of vacation well spent next to my family, friends and all my loved ones back in my country, Bolivia. Since it’s February and classes are just starting I thought I could do a recap of how have the college and the town welcomed me back, […]

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 […]

An Ordinary Winter Break

by Chris Wong - Posts (9). Posted Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I tend to ease into the same comfortable and predictable schedule every year when I return home for a winter break from school: √ Christmas Eve: Visit cousins and eat copiously √ Christmas Day: Exchange gifts with family and eat copiously √ New Year’s Eve: Celebrate with old high school friends, eat copiously and drink […]

Reverse Culture Shock: How I’ve Changed in the US

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

After seven months of exploring, enjoying, adapting, torturing…. in the U.S., I finally went back to my home country, China! What was waiting for me there was the incredibly great city of Beijing, yummy Chinese food, old friends who I missed so much, my college, which is my favorite place in the world…and some CULTURE […]

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