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Top Posts of 2012 #2: Keeping Standardized Tests in Perspective

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 11:08 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one. If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

Top Posts of 2012 #3: The Cultural Nuances of Language

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one. If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

Top Posts of 2012 #4: The Surprising Links Between Food and Identity

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 11:24 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one. If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

Top Posts of 2012 #5: Navigating and Defeating Negative Stereotypes

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at 12:36 am

In the few days before 2012 ends and 2013 begins, we’ll be looking back at some of our top posts from the past year, starting with number five and counting down to number one.  If you missed these articles the first time around, now’s your time to see why we’ve found these particular pieces so […]

Reflections on America’s Gun Culture

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

“Shootings in high schools and colleges are unfortunately very ‘American’ things in my mind,” Nareg once wrote on this site. “Maybe it’s because of the media coverage, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard of such tragic incidents with such regularity in other parts of the world.” Nareg was reacting to a 2010 incident […]

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5 Free Online Events on Studying in the US: Dec. 17-21

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Once again, we’ve scoured the internet to find upcoming free webinars and other events of interest to anyone who wants to study in the U.S.  This week: lots for prospective MBA and law students. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, […]

Events for International Students: Dec. 10-14

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Well,  with most college applications either due or near due, we’re entering into a bit of a lull for free webinars.  Just one event to report this week, but, to make up for it, there’s a nice surprise if you scroll down! Coming up: December 10 CollegeWeekLive: State University of New York International Day More […]

10 Events for International Students: Dec. 2-7

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Once again, we’ve scoured the internet to find upcoming free webinars and other events of interest to anyone who wants to study in the U.S.  This week: lots for prospective grad and undergrad applicants. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, […]

6 Events for International Students: Nov. 19-23

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

It’s getting close to application crunch time, so there are lots of free, online events this week focused on completing your application to a college or MBA program. So check them out if you’re planning to apply! As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! […]

8 Events for International Students: Nov. 12-16

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

This week we’ve found three (count ‘em, three!) virtual fairs for prospective college and grad students. Plus some MBA-themed events, as usual. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And please share any online […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Library

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Why might “library” be a confusing word? this is confusing to the french speaking student, it get confusing with bookstore cause bookstore in french is “Librairie” Indeed.  And it’s just as confusing for English speakers learning French.  So let’s clarify and put “library” into the Glossary of Confusing Words. A bookstore is where you go […]

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Why Do International Students Crave Food From Home?

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 7:24 pm

November 16, 2011. Mohammed has been studying in Minnesota for just about 3 months. “Oh man I miss my mom’s delicious white spicy rice,” he laments. “Oh my god I miss my favorite Iraqi dish, Biryani.” Sebastian has been in the U.S. for well over a year when he realizes, “I still can’t stand a […]

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7 Events for International Students: Oct. 29-Nov. 2

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

A slightly lighter week this week, but still some good events looking at business school admissions, community college options, and summer programs. Plus, the ETS is offering free GRE prep courses.  More details here: http://www.takethegre.com/free-gre-prep-series As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, […]

11 Events for International Students: Oct. 22-27

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This coming week is packed with events for anyone who wants to study in the U.S., including a virtual college fair and a fair for biomedical programs, plus information on English programs, engineering and architecture programs, and business programs. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what […]

Advice on Recommendation Letters from UVa’s Admissions Office

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Over on the University of Virginia’s admissions blog, Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Jeannine Lalonde got fed up with the misinformation she was seeing on forums and message boards about how many recommendation letters to submit to a college.  She struck back with this bit of valuable information about how the admissions office uses recommendations: […]

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