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From Student Blogger, Valeria: Top 12 Things I have Learned in my First Year Studying in the U.S.A.

Exactly one year ago I came to the United States as an international student to pursue my college degree. Honestly, I cannot believe that it has been one full year already! Where did the time go? Looking back, it has been the best year of my life so far. In celebration of that, I wanted to share 12 things I have learned this first year of living and studying abroad. Read more

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Chilly and Sparkly at the Spectacular Houston Zoo Lights

The last social activity of the year for Rice University Intensive English Program students was a holiday party followed by a magical visit to the Houston Zoo lights. After singing holiday carols and dancing to Latin music, students were transported to a winter wonderland of LED lights and pure holiday cheer. Click on the link to read more! Read more

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Introducing Student Blogger, Vincent: Autumn in Philadelphia, a City of History and Diversity

It’s November 27th and the weather is cooling down in the city of brotherly love. Each hot breath from my lungs turns into white steam, blooming in the cold air just like wintersweet, and yet, it is still a day of adequate delightfulness. The early morning wind bites, and my roommate and I are on the Philadelphia vintage tramcar. "Vincent,” my roommate says, “Trust me, Fairmount Park is the best park in Philadelphia, and it is ‘prachtig’ (meaning wonderful in Dutch).” A few minutes pass by, and we arrive at Fairmount station. Read more

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From Student Blogger, Valeria: A Costa Rican's Heart

Moving to the U.S. has been a very interesting transition for me. I have experienced many challenges, discoveries and cultural adjustments that I have gone through in order to feel more at home. However, my home culture still resides deeply within me and I have learned to appreciate it even more. Read more

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From Student Blogger, Valeria: Spreading Your Wings in a New Land

Ever since I was very young, I remember my mom telling me: “Vale, one day you will realize that there is a whole new world of opportunities out there waiting for you. You need to spread your wings and fly.” My mom’s advice changed my perspective from a very young age. It planted a thirst in me to get out of my comfort zone and explore new things. Years later, our vision became a reality. I am now living in Reno, Nevada, and I love it here! Moving from Costa Rica to the United States was a major change, and there was a lot of adjusting to do. However, I appreciate living here while going to college for many reasons… Read more

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From Student Blogger, Valeria: How I learned Brazilian Portuguese in 9 months and changed my life

I remember listening to the song Garota de Ipanema by Tom Jobin for the first time and thinking “this is the most beautiful language in the world!” I was fascinated by the exotic sounds, how every sentence sounded so effortlessly fluent, and how it was spoken so joyfully. As a Spanish-speaker I could understand some of the words, some were even pronounced and written the same way; but to me, they sounded much better in Portuguese. Read more