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Open Doors for Your Engineering Career at George Mason University

Posted on March 2nd, 2022 by Connor Blay

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is continuously growing and showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, by 2027, careers in STEM are expected to grow by 13%. The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University (GMU) aims to equip students with the tools they need to be well-rounded engineers. According to U.S. […]

5 Hobbies You Can Pick Up While Studying in the US

Posted on February 25th, 2022 by Connor Blay

Ever find yourself feeling bored and inactive? Sometimes it can feel like you’ve got nothing left to do because you’ve already done everything there is to do. But, in reality, there is so much you can do while studying in the US, it’s virtually impossible to do it all. If you ever find yourself experiencing […]

Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 14th, 2022 by Connor Blay

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re a new US international student and this is your first time in the US on February 14th, you might be asking what today is about. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and it’s the perfect time to show that one special person that you care about them. It can […]

3 Tips for Editing Your College Admissions Essay

Posted on February 4th, 2022 by Connor Blay

When you finish writing your college admissions essay, it might be tempting to submit it without proofreading or editing it. Writing can take a lot out of you and it’s understandable that you’re eager to check your college admissions essay off of your to-do list. However, proofreading and editing is a vital part of writing […]

Transferring From a College to a University

Posted on February 1st, 2022 by Connor Blay

Many students believe that attending a university in the U.S. is impossible because of financial reasons. However, many fail to consider that transferring to a university after completing a two-year degree program at a college is a way to save a significant amount of money. Many colleges offer 2+2 programs which allow students to transfer […]

How to Master the College Admissions Essay

Posted on January 21st, 2022 by Connor Blay

Having great grades and outstanding test scores will certainly make your college application stand out. But many students don’t know that having a thoughtful, well-written essay also goes a long way. Sometimes, your admissions essay can be the difference between the acceptance or the denial of your application to a college or university. For non-native […]

Meet 2021 Travel Video Contest Winner Salman Sayyed

Posted on January 14th, 2022 by Connor Blay

Salman Sayyed was raised by his mother on the streets of Mumbai, India. While selling books to passerbys, he met a motherly figure who would change his life forever. The woman helped him earn his high school and university degree which allowed him to start working as a tour guide in Mumbai. It was then […]

Preparing for the F1 Visa Approval Process

Posted on December 17th, 2021 by Connor Blay

Getting admitted to a college or university in the US is a big accomplishment. If you have recently received an acceptance letter from a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved college or university in the US, you’ve already completed the first step of the F1 visa application process. However, the rest of the process […]

Getting Part-Time Work as an International Student

Posted on September 30th, 2021 by Connor Blay

Whether you study in a college town or a metropolitan area, employers tend to hire college students. Many students work part-time at local restaurants, retail stores, boutiques, etc. for extra cash or to help with academic and living expenses. But for international students who are studying in the US, there is a little more to […]

The 2021 Travel Video Contest is Now Open!

Posted on September 3rd, 2021 by Connor Blay

No matter what background you come from, community is a large part of shaping who you are. The community or communities that you are a part of have a great impact and influence on your life and sometimes even the decisions you make. That’s why for the 16th annual Travel Video Contest, we’re asking you […]


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