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  • Have you been fooled by a fake news site recently? Can you tell which one of these webpages is from a fake news site, and which one is from a real news site? American Politic News The Hill The Hill is the real news site. American Politic News is the fake news site! Politifact describes it... Continue reading Read More

  • New York City is known for many things: Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, holiday displays at Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, cheesecake and Times Square. NYC tops the list as the “most populous city” in  the United States with 8.5 million people residing in its city limits of 305 square miles.  The metropolitan region ... Read More

  • Finals week in college is one of the most demanding during the semester. Believe me, I’m going through the 10 Stages of Finals Week Acceptance right now. And it’s my fifth finals week. From the papers, group projects and presentations, to comprehensive exams, finals week is a breeding ground for stress and anxiety. Many college ... Read More

  • It’s midnight. Your paper is due in eight hours. You stare at a blank document with no idea what to write. Anxiety only makes it worse. If only you could write something. In frustration, you bury your head on your desk. The first paragraph of a college essay, or any essay, is usually the most... Continue reading Read More

  • Re-introduction

    by MBA Afterlife on December 6, 2016

    It’s quickly approaching two years since I last wrote anything on this blog. A lot has happened since then. When I last posted, I had just gotten back from spending time with family during the holidays and was entering my second quarter of my first year at UCLA Anderson. Classes, b-school social life, and internship recruiting were in full swing...Two ... Read More

  • Whether you are a first-year international student or first-semester senior, there is no way to avoid the arguably worst part of college: Finals Week. Here are the top 10 stages of Finals Week from a Finals Week veteran to a freshman like you: ONE: You go home or to a roommate’s house for Thanksgiving break and... Continue reading Read More

  • It’s Finals Week. (Give or take a week in either direction.) Or maybe you are taking those standardized SATs and ACTs, again, trying to boost your scores and make yourself a more attractive candidate to the college of your choice. Either way, we feel for you. And we are here for you. Be prepared.  If... Continue reading Read More

  • Whether you’re a foreigner or American, you’ve encountered some form of racial stereotyping or have witnessed it. You’ve either been a victim of it, or you’ve dished it. Racial stereotyping is a growing issue on college campuses in the U.S., as well as overseas. A key contributor is social platforms, like Yik Yak, and that ... Read More

  • This summer, a group of girls in Grade 8 took part in an unusual protest in Maryland. When the girls — students at Urbana Middle School in Frederick County — walked into Urbana’s dining room in yellow, baggy T-shirts, everyone cheered. The yellow shirts were punishment for violating the school’s dress code.  But the girls... ... Read More

  • Movies and television often show American college students at wild parties,  chugging alcohol and letting the lid off their inhibitions. Now, a new study suggests that the picture might be more unhealthy than previously thought: Some college students are skipping meals so they can get drunk faster on an empty stomach. Researchers call this ... Read More

  •  The test is in one hour and you suddenly feel sick. Or, you may find it difficult to concentrate. Perhaps you don’t get nervous until the proctor starts passing out the exam papers and score sheets. Then, your hands go clammy and you start to sweat. Maybe you are the type of person who gets... Continue reading Read More

  • The federal government is expected to forgive at least $108 billion in student loan debt, according to congressional investigators. The plans calculate the monthly payback payment as part of a borrower’s income.  And it extends the term of the loan from 10 years to up to 25 years. After that, the remainder is forgiven. ... Read More

  • With Weaken questions, we need some flexibility with the answer choices, since there are several ways to weaken an argument:

    -Provide an explanation -Prove the assumption is wrong -Undermine a piece of evidence

    I find the easiest “default” for a Weaken prediction is to identify the Evidence, Conclusion, and Assumption of the argument, ... Read More

  • A new website is calling on students “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Professor Watchlist displays a photo gallery of professors and educators the website says have an anti-conservative bias. The website was created by Turning ... Read More

  • Ashok Goel uses the internet in almost all of the classes he teaches. Every term, more than 300 graduate students take his class on artificial intelligence (AI). The students never meet in person. All of the classes take place online — through a website. The site lets students ask questions and complete their work ... Read More

  • More than a dozen nude students joined thousands of Filipinos in a protest against the burial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery. A few thousand activists joined a “Black Friday” protest on November 25 in the rain at Manila’s seaside Rizal Park, where they carried Marcos’ effigy in a mock coffin. ... Read More

  • Many Americans have probably never heard of McIntosh College in the northeastern state of New Hampshire. The same might be said for St. Catharine College in Kentucky or Bethany University in California. But these schools had two things in common: They were small, private colleges, and they closed in the past 10 years. The U.S.... Continue reading Read More

  • UPDATE 9:29 a.m., 11/29/2016 An 18-year-old male of Somali descent drove into a group of students at Ohio State University this morning, jumped out of his car, and stabbed at them, authorities say. At least eight people have been hospitalized after Abdul Razak Ali Artan, also a Ohio State student, attacked students on campus near... Continue reading Read More

  • How confident are you at dealing with confusing RC details?

    To start, set a timer for 4 minutes. Read the passage, take notes, and  then attack the question below the passage. When the timer dings, move on to the rest of the blog below! Good luck!


    The fact that superior service can generate a competitive advantage for a company does not ... Read More

  • The U.S Department of Education has established a $71 million grant, funding American institutions towards providing better education of world languages, culture and other areas related to international education and development. The grants were issued under the Fulbright-Hays Act (1961) also known as the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange ... Read More

  • Have you adapted to American culture? Or are you sticking with the traditional values of your family and their country of origin? Check out this diverse bunch talk about whether their parents were hesitant or eager to do so, and their advice to you! Please leave a comment and visit us on our Facebook page, thanks! Read More

  • Young people can’t tell the difference between real news and advertising, according to a study by Stanford University. “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak,” researchers wrote. The study was conducted by Stanford’s History Education Group and ... Read More

  •   Have you been fooled by a fake news site recently? Can you tell which one of these webpages is from a fake news site, and which one is from a real news site? American Politic News   The Hill   The Hill is the real news site. American Politic News is the fake news... Continue reading Read More

  • Because of the college tuition debt they have shouldered, many Millennials are wary of credit card debt. Fewer than a third of Millennials — anyone between age 18 and 35 — have a credit card. That’s a record low percentage, according to recent statistics. Stefanie O’Connell, who graduated from New York University with a degree... ... Read More

  • Whether you’re an international student or moved just an hour from home, homesickness can happen to anyone at university. It is a completely normal feeling that can happen with a lot of change around you. Here are some tips to deal with homesickness: Get Involved Most campuses have tons of organizations and activities to join. Do... Continue ... Read More

  • With about 50 days left and two weeks since our new president was elected, I can’t help but reflect on President Obama’s terms and what that meant to me. I was 14 when Barack Obama was elected as president. I was in awe that the U.S. finally had its first family of color in the... Continue reading Read More

  • American students and international students are very inclusive with each other academically. But not so much personally. It is not any discrimination that I am talking about, but an invisible barrier, and the barrier is created by both sides. Because of cultural differences, it can take a long time for American students to become real friends... ... Read More

  • What would you do if a professor implied that a paper you wrote was not your own words? Especially if you were on the Dean’s List and a nationally acknowledged scholar? In her blog, “Academia, Love Me Back,” Tiffany Martinez said her professor at Suffolk University questioned whether she alone wrote her paper. She said ... Read More

  • A group of University of Miami students and first-generation college-bound students in the Upward Bound program joined researchers in a shark tagging mission in the Florida Keys. Students who are the first in their family to attend college experience it much differently ... Read More

  • By this time in your first semester, you’ve probably heard American students bragging about all the turkey they are going to eat, how much they don’t want to see their weird cousins, and the Black Friday shopping deals they are planning to raid. It if wasn’t obvious to you yet, they are talking about their... Continue reading Read More

  • Would You Take a Gap Year?

    by Student Union on November 20, 2016

    A break between high school and college — known a a “gap year” — can enhance a student’s education, experts say. And take it from Danny Klain, who took a gap year between high school and college, it can help a student to mature. “You don’t need to necessarily travel the world and spend tons... Continue reading Read More

  • Questions have been raised about a Chinese company paying thousands of dollars to top universities in the United States, according to Reuters news service. Reuters says the money was given in exchange to help Chinese students apply to those schools. In October, Reuters reported that eight former employees of Dipont Education Management Group ... Read More

  • Students applying to American universities have to submit test scores to show they have achieved proficient levels of education. The major tests are the SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams. Standardized tests  help universities assess and compare the students’ abilities. Colleges use the results to determine if a student academic department ... Read More

  • Your college application essay can be the ticket to the college of your choice. The essay gives you a chance to differentiate yourself and highlight assets that don’t show up elsewhere on your college application. This is your chance to shine so give it the necessary time to make it the best it can be.... Continue reading Read More

  • J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world didn’t begin with Harry Potter. Rowling is the author of the “Harry Potter” series, a mystical tale of boy wizard Harry Potter, his friends, and their magical world. In Rowling’s long-awaited latest film, we come to understand that the wizarding world isn’t limited to Hogwarts, the school ... Read More

  • Institutions in the United States and abroad are recognizing international students this week, who study overseas and in their home countries. This is the 17th anniversary of International Education [IEW] week, which ends tomorrow, November 18. The week is dedicated to international student education, student exchange and study abroad. ... Read More

  • What is the Electoral College? Why are some Americans so mad about it? Why didn’t Hillary Clinton win when she received a larger number of votes than Donald Trump? Even President-elect Donald Trump’s opinions on this American institution have changed over the years: The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. — Donald J.... ... Read More

  • Students all around the world want to work in the United States during summer. A lot of them. One year ago, I decided that I wanted to come work in the U.S. for two or three months. As a 20-year-old French student, I naturally started my research with restaurants and shops. But I found out... Continue reading Read More

  • As an international student studying the U.S. for the first time, you may be confused about all the hype surrounding the Thanksgiving Holiday break at the end of November. To catch you up to speed, Thanksgiving is a national holiday unique to the United States and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Other... Continue reading Read More

  • Six days after #Election2016 named Donald Trump the U.S. president-elect, protests continue on college campuses and cities around the world. High-school students, too, have protested the election. In California, Atlanta and Miami, high-school students have decried the outcome and made their sentiments known in public. In Washington, D.C., students marched ... Read More

  • Seven percent more international students studied at U.S. institutions last year, reaching more than 1 million and focusing on engineering, computer science and STEM. This data come from the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and U.S. Department of State’s Bureau ... Read More

  • The more than 1 million International students at universities and college in the U.S. added $32.8 billion and more than 400,000 jobs to the U.S. economy during the 2015-2016 academic year. Those numbers come from economic data compiled by the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit ... Read More

  • I never thought the U.S. could be so divided that I had to talk to my friends back in China to understand Americans’ thinking. Watching this historical election as an insider — as well as an outsider — was a difficult but incredible experience. In the U.S., I was surrounded by friends, professors, politicians and... Continue reading Read More

  •   This fall semester, as millions of U.S. college students embarked on another academic year, they were joined on campus by more than a million students from overseas. This large number reflects not only the sweeping political, economic, and social changes across the world over the past 50 years, but also the ongoing strength of our... Continue ... Read More

  • Results show that voter turnout in America was down in Election 2016. And while Millennials nearly blanketed the voting map for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, there weren’t enough of them to overtake Baby Boomer voters for President-Elect Donald Trump. Turnout 2012 Obama: 65.9m2016 Clinton: 59.1m = -6.8m2012 Romney: 60.9m2016 Trump: ... Read More

  • Unlike foreign leaders, celebrities are not bound by diplomacy. Many voiced their displeasure online to a Donald Trump presidency, after the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday. J.K. Rowling, Millennial-popular author of the  “Harry Potter” series,  got backlash from Twitter users for her response to Mallory’s [@malmal1012] ... Read More