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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 […]

US Election 2020: What to Know

Posted on October 30th, 2020 by Connor Blay

By now, you’re probably already well-aware of the fact that the US is preparing for arguably one of the most important elections in the nation’s history. This time next week, we will likely know for certain if Donald J. Trump will serve a second presidential term or if Joe Biden will become the 46th president […]

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 […]

Skateboarding in the US

Posted on July 24th, 2020 by Luke Clausen

Skateboarding took off in the United States in the 1970s, and was popularized by surfers in California. Since then, skateboarding has evolved in many ways; the culture, equipment, aesthetics, styles, and realm of possibility constantly grow and change. In the early days, skateboarding was very underground, and didn’t take off and start to penetrate pop […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted on May 5th, 2020 by Connor Blay

Created in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization, Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to recognize issues surrounding mental health worldwide. According to this organization, 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Among international students, studies from recent years show that mental illness is even more common. As […]

Happy Earth Day 2020!

Posted on April 22nd, 2020 by Luke Clausen

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd to remind us of the environmental issues that face the world we live in. The holiday was officially created when a US Senator named Gaylord Nelson witnessed an oil spill in 1970 and decided that he wanted to create awareness for environmental issues. That makes this […]

2020 Tax Help for International Students

Posted on March 6th, 2020 by Luke Clausen

Tax season is here! Under US law, any international student or dependent of an international student is required to file a tax return every year, even if you’ve earned no income. The IRS deadline for submitting tax returns is April 15th. All international students must fill out and submit IRS Tax Form 8843, but if […]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day Around The World

Posted on February 14th, 2020 by Yessica Prato

Celebrations worldwide for Valentine’s Day! How can you join in the celebration? Learn more about it in our International Student Blog.

Celebrating Black History Month

Posted on February 10th, 2020 by Connor Blay

February is a very special month in the United States because this month we observe Black History Month. Black History Month is a tradition put in place to celebrate black American historical figures and events. It all started in 1926 and was limited to one week in February. Since then, it has evolved into Black […]

Black Friday shopping in the US as an international student

Posted on November 8th, 2019 by Yessica Prato

Interested on knowing what Black Friday is all about? Check out our blog for international students if you are planning on participating on this tradition while in the US!


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