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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!

Why International Students Should Spend Time Volunteering

Posted on June 7th, 2019 by Phu Nguyen

It is an extremely difficult transition for an international student to move to a new country far away from friends, family, and familiar customs that one has grown up to know. You’re learning to adapt to new cultures and customs, all while keeping a major focus on academics. After a long day of classes and […]

Finished your Studies and Leaving the US? Do this First!

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Yessica Prato

You made it! The last few years have been filled with hard work, long papers, many sleepless nights studying for exams, and learning how to make the most out of your experience as an international student in the US. For this- we congratulate you! But before going back to your home country, here is a […]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the US

Posted on February 1st, 2019 by Phu Nguyen

You’ll start to see the aisles in the stores fully loaded just after the new year is rung in. The shelves will be inundated with red, pink, teddy bears, roses, and hearts. Valentine’s Day in the US will be celebrated all around the country on February 14th, but at least it won’t sneak up on […]


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