Life in the USA

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  • Article Image How to Deal with the End of Semester Slump

    How to Deal with the End of Semester Slump

    At the end of the day, slumps are normal. Keeping these practical tips in mind will help you plan and remain on track for all your end-of-semester assignments. Be sure to stay organized and give yourself a break every now and then to help you finish the semester strong! 

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  • Article Image Tips for planning a winter break vacation

    Tips for planning a winter break vacation

    You’ve been plugged in all semester – research papers, emails to professors and collaborations on class projects. It’s time to rest your brain! Try to keep distractions to a minimum while you’re on vacation and be sure you get some proper time away from it all. Resist the urge to use your downtime checking emails or surfing social media too much. Staying in the moment will help you make lasting memories while you’re away and ensure you come back home feeling refreshed. 

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  • Article Image You are now entering Champaign, Illinois!

    You are now entering Champaign, Illinois!

    When deciding where to study abroad in the United States, there is a lot to consider. You’ll want to find a city with affordable housing options, a thriving culture and entertainment scene and, of course, world class educational opportunities. One city that fits this description perfectly is Champaign, Illinois, part of the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area. 

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  • Article Image Head to the Midwest and Discover Indianapolis!

    Head to the Midwest and Discover Indianapolis!

    Indianapolis is home to more than 850,000 people, making it the second largest city in the Midwest region of the United States and the largest city in the state of Indiana.

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  • Article Image Bathroom Hacks for Your Dorm Room

    Bathroom Hacks for Your Dorm Room

    Communal bathrooms are a time-honored tradition for students on university campuses. Whether you’re planning to live in a residence hall or a suite, it’s likely that you’ll be sharing the shower area with some of your fellow students. While the first few trips to those community bathrooms can be a little stressful, having the right essentials will make things much easier

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  • Article Image Striking a Balance Between Academics and Social Life

    Striking a Balance Between Academics and Social Life

    One of the most challenging aspects of the college experience is striking the right balance between your studies and social life. Properly managing your time allows you to get the most out of studying in the United States, focusing on academics when necessary, while also providing breaks to refresh and recharge with new friends. Learning to balance work and play is also a valuable skill that you will need long after you earn your degree. Here are some helpful tips for a successful year:

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  • Article Image Study Abroad Move-In Essentials

    Study Abroad Move-In Essentials

    Before you pack up and board the plane, you will need to make a list of the key items you will need to make your transition to living and learning in the U.S. as easy and stress-free as possible. Some move-in essentials for every international student include:

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  • Article Image Tips to Make Your Space Eco-Friendly

    Tips to Make Your Space Eco-Friendly

    Making your apartment feel like home is more than getting all your clothes in your closet. If sustainability is important to you, making your new home more eco-friendly is an easy way to make you feel at ease in your space. Setting up an apartment that reduces your carbon footprint is easier than you might think! Get started with these tips as you make your space a little greener: 

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  • Article Image How to Stay Motivated Through the Semester

    How to Stay Motivated Through the Semester

    Many students make promises to themselves that they hope to keep. Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution to practice healthier habits or good intentions at the beginning of the semester to get straight A’s in your classes, a fresh start can happen any time you set your mind to it. Use these tips to help you organize your thoughts and stay motivated to reach your goals.

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  • Article Image How to Host an American Thanksgiving

    How to Host an American Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a fun way to gather your friends and try a classic American tradition for yourself. Invite one or two close friends to cook with you and share the joy of making your dinner together or watching American football after your Thanksgiving meal. No matter how traditional your Thanksgiving Day is, these tips can help you host a successful gathering of your friends and celebrate the holiday.

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  • Article Image How to Host a Party or Gathering in Your Apartment

    How to Host a Party or Gathering in Your Apartment

    Whether it’s a holiday, a great test score, or just a fun Friday night, there are plenty of reasons to gather your friends and throw a party in your apartment. If your apartment feels too tight to host all your friends, use these tips to help you throw an exciting event in a small space.

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  • Article Image College Move-In: What to Leave at Home

    College Move-In: What to Leave at Home

    Attending a university in the United States will allow you the opportunity to earn a degree and immerse yourself in a new culture, but it can feel overwhelming to move your whole life to another country. As you prepare to make the move, here are a few things you won’t need to pack in your suitcase.

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  • Article Image Big or Small: What Size University Is Right for You?

    Big or Small: What Size University Is Right for You?

    There are many factors to consider during the application process. When you decide to study in the United States, you’ll need to research potential universities thoroughly to ensure you’re making the best choice.

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  • Article Image Living Large in Small Spaces

    Living Large in Small Spaces

    The apartments you live in during your college years are not likely to be very spacious, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable and stylish. Creating the apartment you want out of the space you have can be accomplished by keeping these tips in mind.

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  • Article Image Internships 101: What You Need to Know

    Internships 101: What You Need to Know

    If you’re interested in getting a head start on your job search and your visa allows you to work in the United States following graduation, interning is a great way to gain industry skills.

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  • Article Image Creating the Perfect Study Space

    Creating the Perfect Study Space

    Putting time and effort into your studies is the most important part of attending college, so set yourself up with a study space that suits you and encourage the good habits that lead to academic success.

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  • Article Image Is Off-Campus Living Right for You?

    Is Off-Campus Living Right for You?

    Planning ahead and by doing your research and setting a budget are great first steps to finding your home away from home. Determining the right living situation for you can be tricky, but taking the time to answer these questions can help you make a confident decision.

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  • Article Image Take a Look at the City by the Bay- San Francisco

    Take a Look at the City by the Bay- San Francisco

    Located on the coast of Northern California, San Francisco is known for being one of the nation’s most cultured and business-oriented cities. 

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  • Article Image Reasons to Volunteer in the New Year

    Reasons to Volunteer in the New Year

    No matter why you choose to volunteer, your helping hands will be valued in the community and you’re sure to make meaningful relationships while studying in the United States.

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  • Article Image Networking 101: Making Connections in College

    Networking 101: Making Connections in College

    Networking events require confidence and preparation, but the more you network, the more effortless it becomes. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your next networking event and you’ll take one step closer to the job or internship of your dreams.

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