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Celebrate the Season: The Secular Scene

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by Monica Stormark

You don’t have to be of a particular faith to be festive and celebrate the end of the year holiday season. While many events will center around Christmas this December, they won’t all necessarily have a religious aspect. Many of the activities available are mostly secular or heavily commercialized, but nonetheless enjoyable. For instance, holiday […]




The Lowdown on December Holidays

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Monica Stormark

In the US, the month of December is heavily dominated by all things Christmas. While Christmas is a public federal holiday inside the US, mostly affecting paid time off for certain employees, many other celebrations take place during this month. In recent years, there has been a movement to be more inclusive in the general […]




Ways to Reboot During Winter Break

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

Let’s face it, being a full time international student in the US is exhausting. Along with having the typical work of a student (classes, exams, study groups, projects, pop quizzes, essays, etc) international students also have to balance this with exploring a new culture, making new friends, and trying to adjust to just about everything […]




Halloween Costumes on a Student Budget

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is coming up on October 31st. If you’re not from a country that traditionally celebrates Halloween (or even if you are) then you’ll want to prepare yourself for a lot of fun! People of all ages throughout the US dress up in costumes to celebrate this holiday. A great way […]




Holidays to Celebrate in the US as an International Student

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

One of the greatest ways to become immersed in American culture as an international student is by celebrating traditional American holidays. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans’ Day, and MLK day all celebrate American culture and accomplishments. On the Fourth of July you may see festivities such as fireworks and parades, both […]




How to Celebrate July 4th in the USA

Posted on July 1st, 2016 by Sutherland Beever

  Did you know that next week holds a very exciting day for The United States? The Fourth of July is a national holiday that marks the Continental Congress’s adaptation of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, naming the thirteen colonies an independent nation. Every year on the Fourth of July the US becomes a […]




Tips on Dating in the US

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by Bryanna Davis

When you become an international inside the US part of the experience will include the new people you meet- including any love interests that come about. If you’re considering dating while studying in the US it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with a few standard protocol items within the dating world before you venture […]




Earth Day Fun: Four Easy Ways to Repurpose Around Your Dorm

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by Sutherland Beever

Don’t forget that Earth Day is this Friday! As an international student, now is the ideal time to start thinking about how you can help the world we all share by learning to reduce, reuse and recycle. To help you get into the swing of things, this Earth Day we thought that it would be fun […]




How to Host a Potluck on Thanksgiving

Posted on November 1st, 2015 by Bryanna Davis

Thanksgiving inside the US is a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate what they’re thankful for- and is usually focused around a Thanksgiving feast. If you would like to celebrate Thanksgiving during your time as an international student inside the US, the best way to do this is to host a Thanksgiving […]




5 New Year’s Resolutions International Students Should Make

Posted on December 13th, 2014 by Bryanna Davis

Ready or not 2015 is upon us. To get a fresh start on life it’s common practice to create a New Year resolution list. If you’re new to the idea of creating resolutions just think of these resolutions as goals- things you want to accomplish, eliminate or include in the upcoming year. Although popular resolutions […]