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.

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...

A Wild and Wonderful Thanksgiving

A Wild and Wonderful Thanksgiving

Maya Goto, a student blogger at Truckee Meadows Community College, recounts her extraordinary Thanksgiving experience in the heart of Arizona. Accompanied by her host mother, Maya embarks on a seven-and-a-half-hour drive through Nevada and Arizona, e...

Dealing with Homesickness as an International Student

Dealing with Homesickness as an International Student

Dylana Camacho Orozco from Costa Rica is studying at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, and has been experiencing homesickness. “Personally, I believe that homesickness is not something that you can get rid of, it's something you lear...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
December 10th, 2023
American Experience Club — UW Huskies vs Utah Utes

American Experience Club — UW Huskies vs Utah Utes

Green River College’s American Experience Club sets out on an American adventure. “A group of eager students, armed with banners and boundless energy, embarked on an American football pilgrimage to see the mighty University of Washington face off aga...

Rise Up to the Challenge

Rise Up to the Challenge

Maya Goto reflects on the past three months since arriving at Truckee Meadows Community College where she is attempting to balance study, friendships, and work. She encourages students to take advantage of on-campus resources, which as Maya says, “[t...

Visiting Mount Rainier with Green River College

Visiting Mount Rainier with Green River College

On the last hot day in Seattle, and the last day that the trails on Mount Rainier were open, a group of students from Green River College set off on an epic adventure. An adventure that had many challenges: the club leaders woke up late, the student...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
November 10th, 2023
Finding Community at Hillsborough Community College

Finding Community at Hillsborough Community College

Helena Pamplona Ardigó is an international student from Brazil who is studying at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. She’s involved in many groups on campus including the Honors Club, Student Government Association, and is the presiden...

Meet Mai Goto, New Student Blogger from Japan

Meet Mai Goto, New Student Blogger from Japan

Mai (Maya) Goto from Japan is a new student blogger studying business at Truckee Meadows Community College. Mai is passionate about badminton and English and started dreaming about studying in the U.S. when she was 6 years old. “Now I’m in the U.S.!...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
October 23rd, 2023
Introducing my Pura Vida Life

Introducing my Pura Vida Life

Dylana Camacho Orozco from Costa Rica is a new blogger studying at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. She reflects on how she came to the U.S., saying, “When I look at my old diary entries saying that I wanted to study abroad, I feel...

The Future: An International Student Perspective

The Future: An International Student Perspective

In her final post, Truckee Meadows Community College student blogger Alaine Marie Obra reflects on her journey so far. She says, “Knowing which career path you want to take can be confusing!” But Alaine looks excitedly to her future “to see what’s in...

It’s fall, once again!

It’s fall, once again!

Student blogger Alaine Obra’s second year at Truckee Meadows Community College has just begun! As an International Peer Mentor, she saw this year’s new international students and remembered how eager she was last year to start her new journey — and n...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
September 9th, 2023
Let’s Get Mental

Let’s Get Mental

Truckee Meadows Community College’s lead counselor Erin Frock talks to international student Alaine Obra about the benefits of caring for your mental health. Alaine is studying for an associate’s degree in computer science at Truckee Meadows Communit...

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