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Livestream Recap: Mastering Business at McNeese State University

Posted on January 8th, 2021 by Connor Blay

If you missed our livestream this morning with our special guests from McNeese State University, you missed out on a good one! I chatted with Preble Girard, Morgan Turpin and Sarah Leonards on everything that makes the Master of Business Administration program at McNeese excellent. But don’t worry! You can still watch the livestream at […]

Holiday Season 2020

Posted on December 1st, 2020 by Luke Clausen

It’s the holiday season again and here in the US, you can actually feel the festivity in the air. Many cultures celebrate holidays during the wintertime, and no matter what you celebrate, it’s likely that this time of year brings back all kinds of memories of childhood and of time spent with your family and […]

Thanksgiving in 2020

Posted on November 1st, 2020 by Luke Clausen

This semester, students around the United States and the rest of the world have returned to campus for the first time since the Spring semester. Freshman students who are attending college for the first time won’t have anything to compare their first semester to, so they may not notice anything out of the ordinary. But […]

Celebrating Halloween During COVID-19

Posted on October 2nd, 2020 by Connor Blay

Yesterday, we entered October which of course means “Spooky Season” is here and Halloween is near. Since Halloween is my personal favorite holiday, naturally my mind started flowing with ideas to make this the best one yet. Then, a scary thought hit me. With no clear end to COVID-19 in sight, is Halloween canceled this […]

COVID-19 Update: What’s Happening in US Higher Ed this Fall?

Posted on September 16th, 2020 by Luke Clausen

The Background No matter where you are in the world, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your daily life. As an international student, this impact is heightened drastically, because you are making major life choices, and these choices depend on whether or not your university’s campus is opening for the fall semester, the state of the […]

TVC: Life After Lockdown Now Open for Submissions

Posted on September 4th, 2020 by Connor Blay

You’ve heard about it, you’ve had time to plan for it and now it’s finally here! Our 15th annual Travel Video Contest arrived on your screens earlier this week after some careful thought and consideration from our team. Truthfully, with the current state of the pandemic making it so difficult for international students to make […]

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month

Posted on June 5th, 2020 by Connor Blay

The 1960s was a period of time in the US which was characterized by anti-LGBTQ legislation. In fact, it was illegal in most states to have any kind of same-sex relations and as a result, LGBTQ people faced intense discrimination in everyday life. In the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969, police raided a […]

California State University First in US to Close Campuses for Fall 2020 Term

Posted on May 16th, 2020 by Luke Clausen

If you are a college student, there is no doubt that COVID-19 has affected your life in many ways. Your classes have most likely switched to a virtual format, and this may have caused you to reconsider your decisions for the years to come. Maybe you thrive in this online environment, and like the way […]

Updates for International Students During COVID-19

Posted on April 27th, 2020 by Connor Blay

Before Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, many higher education institutions examined how to handle the situation. Several administrators at higher education institutions were left asking questions such as “Should we cancel in-person classes?” and “Do we need to move to online-only instruction?”. By March 9, 2020 the Centers for […]

3 Things International Students Should Do During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Posted on April 3rd, 2020 by Connor Blay

Wherever you are from and whatever age you may be, there is no doubt that you know about Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the first time in a very long time, people all around the world are facing the same issue. We understand that it may seem overwhelming, but there are a number of different actions you […]


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