Jessica Stahl

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Financial Aid Tips from Admissions Officers

In some recent interviews, admissions officers from U.S. colleges have been explaining how schools provide financial aid to international students. …

Top 5 Ways Academics in the US are Different

Mohammed’s post yesterday about the amount of coursework assigned in American classes got me thinking about some other differences about studying in …

Disability, Difference and Left-handedness in China and America

“Professor, you write with your left hand!” In my professor’s office, seeing her working with her left hand, I can’t help screaming.<p>Since my first …

Student Visa Tips from Visa Officers

In a recent interview for the <i>Saudi Gazette</i>, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh talked about some of the biggest mistakes students make when …

Take a Tour Around my Typical American Dorm Room

Niskanen Hall hallwayWelcome to Niskanen Hall!<p>This is our living hall (or dormitory), and here’s the hallway that leads to my room. It has only two …

Don't Study in the US: Part 2, A Deeper Look at the Pros and Cons

“I believe the education system in U.S. ranked the best in the world, and people who have studied in the United States are offered better jobs with …

Just When I Learn the Answers, They Change the Questions: A Zimbabwean's Journey

I smile wryly as I go through my freshman photos. It is hard to believe that just 2 years ago, I arrived in the United States, fresh-faced and starry …

First Steps: Deciding to Come to the US is the Easy Part

Pharmacy student Mohamed Mostafa asked us on Facebook about how to get started once you decide you want to study in the U.S.<p>Deciding you want to …

Why Do International Students Crave Food From Home?

Hamburgers v. Vietnamese food, by NickNovember 16, 2011. Mohammed has been studying in Minnesota for just about 3 months. “Oh man I miss my mom’s …

How I Made Myself a Good Candidate for US Admissions (and Other Advice from a Successful Applicant)

In the summer of 2007 I, a high school graduate in Russia, spent hours on the Internet in search of a cheap summer school in the United States. I had …

The Best Advice I Ever Got for Writing in English: 'Treat the Professors Like Idiots'

I will never forget my very first conversation with an American. He was an employee at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. I was a new arrival, highly …

Why a Weak SAT Score Didn't Kill My College Dreams

<i>“The test commences at 8:45am. I work through the essay assignment, frantically, reading quietly as I print out my ideas on paper because I want to</i> …

What is the Best University in America?

In recent weeks, as they do about this time each year, several publications have attempted to crown the best university in America.<p>So what is the …

How I'm Going to Get Into Medical School as an International Student

The road to medical school is muddy, and one often stops to clean off the threatening mud.<p>In my last post, I highlighted the difficulty in getting …

The Truth: Americans Reveal What They Really Think of International Students

Admit it, you’re secretly dying to know what other people think of you - what they say behind your back that they would never say to your face. Do …

Q+A: Making it Easy and Cheap to Eat in the US

Silliman Dining Hall - by Flickr user superfem<i><br>Creative Commons photo: Flickr user superfem</i><p>Many of my friends back home are on the verge of graduating …