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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 […]

Fall 2021 Essentials for US International Students

Posted on June 15th, 2021 by Connor Blay

With travel restrictions starting to ease up, many first-year international students will now have the option to come to the US for the fall 2021 semester. If you’re not quite ready to make the journey yet or you’re in a country where travel restrictions haven’t yet been lifted, we understand and so do colleges and […]

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 […]

Tapping Into Your Creative Side

Posted on March 19th, 2021 by Luke Clausen

No matter what field of study you’re in, the one thing you’ll find in common among every engaged student is creativity. This makes perfect sense, as being passionate about something is one way creativity can happen. When a student is passionate about whatever they are learning, they naturally start investigating and thinking about it the […]

How to Improve Your GPA

Posted on March 1st, 2021 by Connor Blay

Well, you slipped up and didn’t get the grades you were looking for. You’re only human, after all, and there’s no need to start panicking about your GPA yet. There are actually several ways that you can improve your GPA prior to graduation should you need to. To help you out, here are some of […]


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