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.

“We’re Online!”

“We’re Online!”

“Everyone knows — or maybe you’ve noticed — that Filipinos are very active online. We go crazy with it,” says Alaine Obra. Moving to the U.S. for school, she learned to navigate a different set of apps and social media norms. Currently, Alaine is stu...

Taking a Risk on a New Adventure in the USA

Taking a Risk on a New Adventure in the USA

Jairus Ozara Zebulun Castillo Meer is a 20-year-old international student from Las Piñas City, Philippines. He is currently a junior studying biological sciences for his major and peace and justice studies for his minor at a small liberal arts colleg...

The Student Wears Prada

The Student Wears Prada

Growing up in the Philippines, student blogger Alaine Obra wasn’t able to express herself through fashion; she mostly wore uniforms to school and dressed conservatively otherwise. So, studying in the States has given Alaine a fashion awakening! Curre...

The Perfect Day in Paris

The Perfect Day in Paris

Alena Nitti is an international student from America who is studying abroad in Paris for this semester. Alena maps out the ideal day in Paris if you only have 24 hours to explore the City of Light.

Category: StudyUSA Blog
April 6th, 2023
5 Things You Should Know Before Studying in the U.S.

5 Things You Should Know Before Studying in the U.S.

Are you considering studying in the United States? Here are the 5 things you need to know before you do. Student blogger Mark Ilano is studying health science at Evergreen Valley College in California and is happy to share what he’s learned on his jo...

From Class to Kitchen

From Class to Kitchen

Toby Cutts, a student blogger attending Green River College in Washington State, says, "I am here to tell you that cooking properly will save you money and give you more time as a healthier person in the long run."

Category: StudyUSA Blog
March 28th, 2023
(Academically) Sufficient…?

(Academically) Sufficient…?

When student blogger Alaine Obra moved the U.S., she shifted not only where she lived, but how she learned. It’s been a big lesson. Currently, Alaine is studying for an associate’s degree in computer science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Re...

Why Study in America?

Why Study in America?

Toby Cutts, a student blogger attending Green River College in Washington State, says, “I made the decision that once I was done being told what to choose then I would choose exactly what I wanted to do exactly where I wanted to do it.” And he wanted...

8 Things I Noticed When I Moved to London

8 Things I Noticed When I Moved to London

Soleil Perrin is from Seattle, Washington, and is a psychology major with a minor in health sciences at Chapman University in California. She’s studying abroad in London this semester and has been getting to know her new city!

Category: StudyUSA Blog
March 17th, 2023
Boarding the Boeing

Boarding the Boeing

Toby Cutts, a student blogger attending Green River College in Washington State, shares, “Studying abroad was always a dream of mine, to travel the world and immerse myself in diverse cultures differing drastically from my village life back home. Fin...

What Is Spring? (I’m from a Tropical Country.)

What Is Spring? (I’m from a Tropical Country.)

Student blogger Alaine Obra grew up in the Philippines and is mesmerized by America’s four changing seasons — especially the crazy one we call spring! Alaine is studying for an associate’s degree in computer science at Truckee Meadows Community Colle...

Being Alone ≠ Lonely

Being Alone ≠ Lonely

Student blogger Alaine Obra works on adjusting to learning to be alone and discovers that being alone doesn’t mean she’s lonely. Alaine is studying for an associate’s degree in computer science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.

Category: StudyUSA Blog
February 28th, 2023
What’s Culture Shock Like? A Rollercoaster!

What’s Culture Shock Like? A Rollercoaster!

Alena Nitti is an international student from America who is studying abroad in Paris for this semester. She was warned about the rollercoaster-like feelings of culture shock, but it still took her by surprise. Learn about her experience and how she w...

Seasonal Depression Scammed Me

Seasonal Depression Scammed Me

Student blogger Alaine Obra is studying for an associate’s degree in computer science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. She was struggling with seasonal depression during the dark and snowy winter months — until she accidentally d...

How to Fit a Semester in a Suitcase

How to Fit a Semester in a Suitcase

Alena Nitti is an international student from America who is studying abroad in Paris for this semester. Her experience is similar to international students who come to the U.S. for school — full of researching and planning, the stress and fun of pack...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
February 13th, 2023
Turn Your Vision Into Action in 2023

Turn Your Vision Into Action in 2023

Marketing specialist, musician, and MMA-fighter-in-training Charles Varghese shares that “For the first time in years, I’ve taken tangible steps towards accomplishing my goals — I’ve started a savings account, I’ve used my phone a LOT less, I’ve trai...

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