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.

 A “Cheesy” Lesson

A “Cheesy” Lesson

“As a computer science major, I was never happier to have taken psychology,” says Jillian Ireland, an international student from Jamaica at Hillsborough Community College. “On a warm April evening, [my psychology professor] said something that perman...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
November 10th, 2022
Five Goals for a Bright Future

Five Goals for a Bright Future

“For students everywhere, college is a place to discover, lose, and reinvent themselves. I kept forgetting why I chose to study in a foreign country. So, to make the best of my time at school, I set five attainable goals for myself. These goals allow...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
October 25th, 2022
My Challenging Journey to the U.S.

My Challenging Journey to the U.S.

International student James Mwakyonde, who’s studying nursing at Hillsborough Community College, says, “Since I was a little kid, I remember dreaming about coming to the United States someday. At that time, it was only a dream, but I was hopeful to c...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
September 22nd, 2022
Which English Program is Right For You?

Which English Program is Right For You?

The Fashion Institute of Technology offers flexible English language programs that prepare you for college-level studies and support your fashion and related career possibilities. Whatever your chosen field, we’ll help you find your place in our crea...

A Place to Belong To

A Place to Belong To

Blogger Rossana Di Grande, who is a student at Grossmont College, found her place to belong in the history and magic of Old Town San Diego.

Category: StudyUSA Blog
September 7th, 2022
Finding Your Confidence: An Interview with Jennifer Mena

Finding Your Confidence: An Interview with Jennifer Mena

Jennifer Mena from Ecuador is an international student who recently joined us for a Live session. She shared parts of her student journey and discussed the role of confidence in getting her where she is today. “Don’t let the judgment stop you or limi...

Never Too Old to Follow Your Dream

Never Too Old to Follow Your Dream

Rossana Di Grande from Italy moved to San Diego four years ago with her family. Earlier this year, at the age of 43, she started studying towards a degree in Forensic Technology at Grossmont College. Rossana says, “My suggestion for you is to always...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
July 19th, 2022
International Students Celebrate Earth Day Together

International Students Celebrate Earth Day Together

Santa Rosa Junior College’s international students joined other student groups, academic departments, student services, and community organizations to celebrate Earth Day by creating a beautiful street mural with a border representing the 34 countrie...

What to Do During the Summer in San Diego

What to Do During the Summer in San Diego

Khady Kebe, an international student from Senegal who is majoring in world languages at Grossmont College, lists all the reasons why San Diego is great in the summer. Plus, she outlines why taking summer classes helps her meet her academic goals more...

Getting Involved at the University of Arizona

Getting Involved at the University of Arizona

“As an international student, it was important to me to go to a school with a strong sense of community. I was worried I would have a hard time making friends; however, it turns out I had nothing to worry about,” shares Marie Jacobsen, an internation...

Category: StudyUSA Blog
June 28th, 2022
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EXCUSES FOR BECOMING AN ADULT

Hamdiatu Yakubu, from Ghana, West Africa, reflects on how she used to yearn to be an adult when she was a teenager. She asks, “Wait!!! Did you also yearn to be an adult during your teens? I do not know the ideal age to turn into an adult. Are you an...

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