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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 […]

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 […]

What Are Intramural Sports?

Posted on May 21st, 2021 by Connor Blay

There are currently more than 20,000 international student-athletes enrolled and competing at schools associated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We encourage any students who would like to compete in collegiate sports at the highest level in the US to reach out to NCAA recruiters. The opportunity to become an NCAA athlete is certainly […]

5 Tips for Taking Summer Classes

Posted on May 7th, 2021 by Connor Blay

So, you’ve decided to take classes during the summer. Good choice! My very first semester in college was during the summer and now I recommend summer classes to everyone. But while taking summer classes is an excellent way to get a head start on your program, it may be challenging to work at an accelerated […]

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Posted on February 2nd, 2021 by Connor Blay

One of the most valued traditions in the world across all cultures is, of course, the Lunar New Year and we couldn’t be more excited about the start of the celebration happening next week. For those of you who may not be familiar with this tradition and how it’s celebrated, we’ve got you covered! What […]

3 Tips for Limiting Your Screen Time

Posted on January 5th, 2021 by Connor Blay

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a 100% chance that you’re reading it on your computer, tablet, mobile device or whatever piece of technology you use to browse the internet. In the age of COVID-19, almost all of us are guilty of spending too much time on our devices and not enough time enjoying the […]

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 […]

Student Housing in the US

Posted on August 7th, 2020 by Connor Blay

A huge part of studying outside your home country is finding your home away from home. Before moving to the US to start your studies, be sure to compare housing options. There are a number of factors to consider in your housing search, such as rent cost, location, safety, amenities and roommates. The two main […]

Facebook Live: Find Your Academic Home at NWMSU

Posted on July 30th, 2020 by Connor Blay

Northwest Missouri State University is public university located in Maryville, Missouri offering more than 160 majors and programs at an affordable cost. Some other highlights of NWMSU include:  A safe, friendly place to study in the Midwest Northwest is ranked #24 for Top Public Schools Quality education at a low cost $7,400 Savings with textbooks […]


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