Life in the USA

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  • Article Image Bathroom Hacks for Your Dorm Room

    Bathroom Hacks for Your Dorm Room

    Communal bathrooms are a time-honored tradition for students on university campuses. Whether you’re planning to live in a residence hall or a suite, it’s likely that you’ll be sharing the shower area with some of your fellow students. While the first few trips to those community bathrooms can be a little stressful, having the right essentials will make things much easier

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  • Article Image Striking a Balance Between Academics and Social Life

    Striking a Balance Between Academics and Social Life

    One of the most challenging aspects of the college experience is striking the right balance between your studies and social life. Properly managing your time allows you to get the most out of studying in the United States, focusing on academics when necessary, while also providing breaks to refresh and recharge with new friends. Learning to balance work and play is also a valuable skill that you will need long after you earn your degree. Here are some helpful tips for a successful year:

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  • Article Image Don’t Head To Campus Without These 16 Things

    Don’t Head To Campus Without These 16 Things

    If you’ve ever been stranded on campus without your wallet or an umbrella, you know how inconvenient that can be. You wake up in the morning thinking you don’t have a thing to worry about, when in reality, it’s going to pour down rain between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when classes are in full swing (and you have a pretty long walk).

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  • Article Image  Better to Study Alone or in a Group?

    Better to Study Alone or in a Group?

    It’s a long-debated topic: Is group studying more effective than studying alone?

    We’ve all experienced getting together with classmates to study for an upcoming exam and spending the entire time gossiping, talking or joking around. You leave the group without accomplishing anything to get you ready for your exam.

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  • Article Image Having A Studious Roommate May Raise Your Grades

    Having A Studious Roommate May Raise Your Grades

    “Choose your friends wisely” may not only be good parental advice, but also a way to do better in college, a research study finds.

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  • Article Image Spend a Summer in New York City!

    Spend a Summer in New York City!

    “My mother enjoyed her experience with ELS Juilliard program much more this time because of everything the package included especially the activities and staff that help guide us.” Maria Julia says. “When she attended many years ago, the program did not include activities and it was a lot for her to learn NYC on her own . . . being able to attend with me, her daughter, and stay in the dormitory together was a special unique experience.”

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  • Article Image Study Abroad Move-In Essentials

    Study Abroad Move-In Essentials

    Before you pack up and board the plane, you will need to make a list of the key items you will need to make your transition to living and learning in the U.S. as easy and stress-free as possible. Some move-in essentials for every international student include:

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  • Article Image Best Advice For Grads

    Best Advice For Grads

    Spring brings college graduation season in the U.S., which means commencement speeches are being delivered by celebrities, politicians, and business leaders at schools across the country. The best addresses are timeless, offering words of wisdom and guidance that students can benefit from now and also call forth at various stages in life.

    As this year’s graduates get ready to make their marks on the world, here’s a look at some of the best advice offered at college commencement ceremonies over the past 15 years.

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  • Article Image 5 Benefits of a Campus Job

    5 Benefits of a Campus Job

    An on-campus job is a great way to build up your resume, make some money and gain real-world experience.

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  • Article Image Cash or Credit? Credit Card Culture in the USA

    Cash or Credit? Credit Card Culture in the USA

    Regardless of your background, it’s important to learn how credit works in the United States so that you can use it responsibly while studying abroad.

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  • Article Image Jane Sun Travel From Student to CEO

    Jane Sun Travel From Student to CEO

    China’s Great Wall. Australia’s remote Outback. Italy’s ancient ruins. 

    From her perch atop the global travel industry, Jane Sun, CEO of CTrip, Asia’s largest online travel agency, connects people with the best destinations the world has to offer. She even quotes Confucius when explaining how cultural experiences can bridge divides, strengthen industries and create peace.

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  • Article Image Arren Romeril, from Ontario, Canada, is studying Business Administration at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Arren Romeril, from Ontario, Canada, is studying Business Administration at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    I decided to study in the USA because of the wide variety of business jobs and careers. I had the opportunity to play college hockey and I wanted to take advantage of the amazing academic system that there is here in the USA. 

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  • Article Image Tips to Make Your Space Eco-Friendly

    Tips to Make Your Space Eco-Friendly

    Making your apartment feel like home is more than getting all your clothes in your closet. If sustainability is important to you, making your new home more eco-friendly is an easy way to make you feel at ease in your space. Setting up an apartment that reduces your carbon footprint is easier than you might think! Get started with these tips as you make your space a little greener: 

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  • Article Image How to Stay Motivated Through the Semester

    How to Stay Motivated Through the Semester

    Many students make promises to themselves that they hope to keep. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution to practice healthier habits or good intentions at the beginning of the semester to get straight A’s in your classes, a fresh start can happen any time you set your mind to it. Use these tips to help you organize your thoughts and stay motivated to reach your goals.

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  • Article Image The Pros and Cons of Living Alone

    The Pros and Cons of Living Alone

    It’s not that uncommon to live alone as an international student. A lot of my friends were able to get great deals by leasing apartments for four years, so they could have their own place for their whole time abroad. I realized that deep down we were both a little jealous of each other’s experience. Doesn’t living alone get lonely? Doesn’t having roommates get exhausting?

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  • Article Image Helena Brandileone from Brazil: Studying English in the Loyola University Loyola Intensive English Program

    Helena Brandileone from Brazil: Studying English in the Loyola University Loyola Intensive English Program

    Helena Brandileone from Brazil holds a degree in Civil Engineering and is studying English in the Loyola University Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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  • Article Image Networking as an International Student

    Networking as an International Student

    Everyone says that getting a job, finding new opportunities, and growing professionally is all about “networking.” But, what exactly does that mean for us as international students?

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  • Article Image Staying Healthy in the Winter

    Staying Healthy in the Winter

    As someone who was a complete mess the first two years of college, I can tell you from experience that winter is the worst time to get sick. Most likely though, that’s when your first time being sick by yourself would happen, and nothing makes you more homesick than feeling weak and wanting your parents to call the doctor for you.

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  • Article Image Tatiana from Russia: Studies English at ELS Language Centers, New York-Manhattan

    Tatiana from Russia: Studies English at ELS Language Centers, New York-Manhattan

    English is an international language, and I think everybody needs to understand what a lot of people in the world speak. I want to improve my level of English, and then I can study another language. It’s interesting to understand people from another country, another culture, and to see a lot of new places and try to understand information.

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  • Article Image A Guide to Holiday Traditions in the U.S.

    A Guide to Holiday Traditions in the U.S.

    In the U.S., we refer to the months of November and December as “the holiday season” because of the major holidays celebrated from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  The United States is a nation of many cultures that has adopted holiday customs from across the world, and we’ve developed a few of our own that stand out. Here’s a handy guide to those traditions for international students in the U.S.

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