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From Student Blogger, Vincent: Tips for Language Learners from an International Student

Temple University’s founder, Russell Conwell, once said: "Greatness really consists in doing some great deed with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks of life." Indeed, greatness starts with tiny steps. All the hard work that we do, and all that we sweat, one day will bloom into the greatest flower of our life. The same can be said about learning a new language. Read more

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From Student Blogger, Valeria: SGA: “Be the Change You Want to See” on your College Campus

You might not know this but almost every college and university in the United States has a Student Government Association. We are the face of the students. We represent each and every one of you and we want to do the best job we can to make sure that your needs and expectations are fulfilled. If you would like to be part of an SGA someday, I would tell you it’s one of the most rewarding experiences you will have. Read more

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Living in Washington State

Imagine a towering, vibrant green forest where the air is clean and smells of the ocean. You’re in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most breathtaking and rain-dampened locations on earth. Read more

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From Student Blogger, Valeria: Top 12 Things I have Learned in my First Year Studying in the U.S.A.

Exactly one year ago I came to the United States as an international student to pursue my college degree. Honestly, I cannot believe that it has been one full year already! Where did the time go? Looking back, it has been the best year of my life so far. In celebration of that, I wanted to share 12 things I have learned this first year of living and studying abroad. Read more

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Chilly and Sparkly at the Spectacular Houston Zoo Lights

The last social activity of the year for Rice University Intensive English Program students was a holiday party followed by a magical visit to the Houston Zoo lights. After singing holiday carols and dancing to Latin music, students were transported to a winter wonderland of LED lights and pure holiday cheer. Click on the link to read more! Read more

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Introducing Student Blogger, Vincent: Autumn in Philadelphia, a City of History and Diversity

It’s November 27th and the weather is cooling down in the city of brotherly love. Each hot breath from my lungs turns into white steam, blooming in the cold air just like wintersweet, and yet, it is still a day of adequate delightfulness. The early morning wind bites, and my roommate and I are on the Philadelphia vintage tramcar. "Vincent,” my roommate says, “Trust me, Fairmount Park is the best park in Philadelphia, and it is ‘prachtig’ (meaning wonderful in Dutch).” A few minutes pass by, and we arrive at Fairmount station. Read more

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From Student Blogger, Valeria: A Costa Rican's Heart

Moving to the U.S. has been a very interesting transition for me. I have experienced many challenges, discoveries and cultural adjustments that I have gone through in order to feel more at home. However, my home culture still resides deeply within me and I have learned to appreciate it even more. Read more