Student Voices

Want to know what it’s truly like to be an international student at your dream school? Read about the current experiences of real international students studying in the USA right now. Learn from them what it’s like to be in U.S. classrooms, make friends, get a job, and more.

Dormitory Drama: The Midnight Fire Alarm Story

Dormitory Drama: The Midnight Fire Alarm Story

Thu Aung, an international student from Myanmar at Santa Rosa Junior College, recounts her first experience with a fire alarm in her new dorm. She describes the initial shock and chaos, the surprising calmness of her fellow students, and how the inci...

My Guide to Surviving International Stereotypes

My Guide to Surviving International Stereotypes

International students often face stereotypes about their cultures, which can range from amusing to shockingly ignorant. Blogger Dylana Camacho Orozco believes that despite these challenges, these experiences provide opportunities to educate others a...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
June 26th, 2024
My First Prom

My First Prom

Student blogger Dylana Camacho Orozco shares her experience attending her first prom at Truckee Meadows Community College! Organized by the TMCC International Club, the event allowed international students to enjoy a new cultural celebration, featuri...

The Busiest Month Has Started!

The Busiest Month Has Started!

Haruna Matsuoka, a blogger from Japan who is studying at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), is preparing for exams, working at her on-campus job, and planning to transfer to a 4-year university. She offers practical tips on how she manages her stress,...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
May 16th, 2024
Getting a Taste of University Life

Getting a Taste of University Life

Maya Goto, a business student at Truckee Meadows Community College, shares her enriching experiences with the Japanese Club at the University of Nevada, Reno. From cultural festivals to classroom insights, she explores the vibrant intersection of Jap...

A French Student Leaps into U.S. Hospitality and Tourism

A French Student Leaps into U.S. Hospitality and Tourism

Jodie Hall from France has a background in hospitality and is pursuing further education in the United States at Truckee Meadows Community College. She’s excited about learning about the cultural differences in hospitality and having an internship at...

My Summer Break Plans: Going Home to Japan

My Summer Break Plans: Going Home to Japan

Haruna Matsuoka, a blogger from Japan who is studying at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), is going home to Japan over her summer break, where she intends to deepen her knowledge of her culture and history by visiting historical places and attending...

My Work Experiences at Santa Rosa Junior College

My Work Experiences at Santa Rosa Junior College

Haruna Matsuoka, a blogger from Japan who is studying at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), is a student assistant in SRJC’s International Student Program. She shares her experience of working on-campus, including how she got her job and its challenge...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
February 29th, 2024
Starting a New Year or Starting a New You?

Starting a New Year or Starting a New You?

Dylana Camacho Orozco, an international student from Costa Rica, shares her experience of celebrating New Year's traditions from her home country in a new environment. She reflects on the importance of embracing new experiences and the optimism of st...

Fall Shenanigans at Green River College

Fall Shenanigans at Green River College

Fall quarter for international students at Green River College was a fun one with events ranging from outdoor hikes and karaoke nights to festive movie screenings and sports tournaments. Blogger Toby Cutts looks back at highlights, including a trip t...

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