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Applying to College as an International Student

When thinking about applying to colleges in the U.S.,Victoria from São Paulo, Brazil, was repeatedly told that she wouldn’t be able to make her U.S. education dreams come true. But now she’s in her third year at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, and says “I am here to tell you that it is not nearly as impossible as you might think it is.” Read more

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Fall Semester Has Been Happening!

“The first month of the fall 2021 semester came and went very quickly,” says student blogger Francesca Pieter, a theatre arts student at Genesee Community College in upstate New York. “After staying at College Village all summer with only a small number of students on campus, it was refreshing to see all the new faces!” Read more

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Far But Never Distant

Micaela Baquero watched the movie "Dear John" and realized that even though it’s corny, there are aspects of the characters’ stories she could relate to — moving, not living with the people you love, and not having a home. Micaela is an international student and blogger currently attending Santa Rosa Junior College. Read more

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Home Away from Home

Student blogger Aanchal Tangri from India has been a student in the U.S. for the last three and a half years. In that time, she’s worked out what helps when she’s feeling homesick. She celebrates important festivals in a smaller way, she cooks meals from home, and she loves sharing henna art with other students at Truckee Meadows Community College. Read more

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My First Week of School

“What do I want in life?” asks blogger Apple Wong, an English-language student at Seminole State University in Florida. Getting to know other students at the beginning of the new semester helps Apple evaluate what she wants, what she doesn’t, and gives her some ideas of how to figure out what she wants for her life. Read more

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Down-to-Earth Insight on Santa Rosa Junior College by a Latina

Micaela Baquero from Ecuador is a 19-year-old currently pursuing her engineering degree at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in California. She is grateful for SRJC’s green spaces, huge brick buildings, its 4-story library, bookstore, numerous helpful departments administered by professionals, fully equipped laboratories for every science major, and student clubs. Micaela says it “is the perfect place.” Read more

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My Struggle with School-Related Anxiety

Student blogger Katherine George, who is studying mass communications at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, has struggled with school-related anxiety since she was young. Over time, she’s found solutions that help her manage her anxiety and her responsibilities. Read more

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6 Tips to Create My Daily Schedule for College + 5 Tools

Student blogger Joao Magalhães from Brazil is studying mass communications at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. He has found that organizing his everyday college schedule is not exactly an easy task. But he outlines 6 tips that he uses to create his schedule and provides links to 5 tools that can help keep you organized too. Read more

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Studying Theatre Arts at Genesee Community College

Francesca Pieter is an international student from the Caribbean island of Curaçao. She has dreamed of living in the United States since she was young, and that dream came true when she moved to Batavia, New York, in the fall of 2019. She studies Theatre Arts at Genesee Community College (GCC). Read more

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From a State University to a Community College

Katherine George is currently studying mass communications at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. All through high school, she had planned on going to a state university, but when she got there, she realized it wasn’t the right fit. Now she’s at community college and loves it. Read more

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Being a Business Ambassador During COVID

Miftar Pozhari from Kosovo is a senior studying business at the University of Northern Iowa and was chosen as an ambassador for the Bradford Foundation. In that role, he participated in the European Innovation Academy, a program that gathers entrepreneurial students from all over the globe and gives them guidance on building a business. Read more

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Ten Years to Sharpen a Good Sword

Having a good skill requires 10 years of effort. I just understood this truth a few years ago. How many decades are there in our lives to accomplish our goals? I can only say the sooner you start, the sooner you will finish. Read more

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Trying to Find Your Purpose

Student blogger Hamdiatu Yakubu recently facilitated an entrepreneurial program for young women which triggered a deep dive for her into the concept of “purpose.” “During the training, most participants were knocked hard when asked what their purpose was,” Hamdia shares. Read more

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What’s Your Vision for the United States?

“This country is full of potential and things to be done. It doesn’t matter if you plan to go back to your home country or to go elsewhere at the completion of your degree, you always need to make it worth your while.” Johnny Nezha, student blogger at Los Angeles City College, wraps up his final blog post with advice for other international students. Read more

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Every Love Story is Beautiful

“Spending time with others is the best way to express love,” writes Apple Wong, an English-language student at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida. In this blog post she tells a sweet story about her elderly neighbors. Read more