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  • Join Student Union as we bring you the #Inaug2017 events from Washington, D.C. Our correspondents Fran Akua and Aisha Henderson are milling among the crowds on the National Mall. Join the conversation! Facebook –  Twitter – Instagram Read More

  • Happy New Year everyone!Before I get started on this post, and well, restarted on this blog in general, I wanted to mention something. For the past several months, I have thought about how to approach what I am putting out in this space. Do I write about b-school, career, life, etc. as an “expert,” or do I just tell my story? In fact, I have written ... Read More

  • Joan of Arc…preparing for the GMAT exam

    Sometimes I read explanations for GMAT Sentence Correction questions that state something like this: “Choice X cannot be the correct answer because it changes the meaning of the original sentence,” or, “Choice Y cannot be right, because it is not the intended meaning of the sentence.”

    Let’s ... Read More

  • While foreign languages are critical to U.S. diplomacy and national security, fewer U.S. college students are learning a second language, says a new report. Americans are failing to learn other languages, says the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) report, “State of Languages in the U.S.: A Statistical Portrait,” including ... Read More

  • Looking for some more places to visit in D.C. that may be more interesting than the normal tourist favorites? Meridian Hill Park  Called Malcolm X park by locals, Meridian Hill Park houses a memorial to President James Buchanan (1857-1861), as well as statues of Dante and Joan of Arc. The statue of Joan of Arc... Continue reading Read More

  • Boston too cold in the winter? New York too crowded? Why not D.C.? Washington, D.C. was built on a strategically chosen plot of land on the Potomac River.  Contrary to popular belief, it was not built on a swamp. It was designed by French-born, American designer and engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant, whom says, ... Read More

  • Educating Americans in a language other than English is failing, according to a new report. “The United States has neglected languages in its educational curricula, its international strategies, and its domestic policies,” concludes the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More than 230 million English speakers in the U.S. have failed ... Read More

  • “How are you?”“Good. You?”“Pretty good.”“That’s good.” This was an actual exchange between two students sitting at my table in the dining hall. When I heard it, I burst out laughing and quipped, ”Well, that was a meaningful conversation.” Maybe I was being a bit insensitive, but, although ... Read More

  • It’s amazing how something as simple as a (!) symbol can throw us all for a loop, even when really we’re just looking at a very simple divisibility question. This is my own question designed to mimic a GMATPrep question.

    Start by setting a timer for 2-minutes and try this one on your own, then scroll down for the explanation!

    Which of ... Read More

  • Want to explore a new city in the States that isn’t the Big Apple? Try Boston. Why Boston? The historic city of Boston in Massachusetts is one of America’s favorite college towns. With over 50 institutions of higher education, including the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this small ... Read More

  • The photos:  feeding a bear candy at the Barnaul Zoo; with a Siberian tiger cub at the Barnaul Zoo; in the Altai Mountains; standing by the Brother and Sister Mountains in Nahodka; in front of the Monument to Minin and Pozharsky; and an interesting photo I took of St. Vasily’s Cathedral.    I was a shy girl, ... 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 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