Real World:America

Recognizing Culture Shock and Tips to Overcome It

There is a universal phenomenon which takes place amongst international students about four to six weeks into the first semester. Culture shock hits hard. Orientation and all the busy activities that go with it are over, classes have begun, the work is getting more difficult, and mid-term exams are looming. It doesn’t help that in many places in the U.S. …

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Making Friends with Americans

Many international students come to the U.S. not only with the goal of learning or improving their English, but also to make friends with Americans. Unfortunately, getting to know your American peers can be quite frustrating. While Americans are generally known to be friendly, they often say and do things that seem to keep others from getting too close. “FRIEND” …

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International Students Help Clean Up Florida Beaches

A group of international students who are temporarily working in the United States this summer volunteered to clean up beaches. The international students who are in Panama City working on J-1 visas decided to spend the day on August 7 cleaning up beaches near the City Pier. This day was also known as National J Day, a day in which …

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Man Arrested in Connection to Missing Chinese Scholar

Yingying Zhang went missing on June 9 and more than 20 days after the disappearance, the FBI arrested a man and charged him with kidnapping. Brendt, Christensen, 27, was under surveillance when agents said they overheard him say he kidnapped Zhang and took her back to his apartment. “Based on this, and other facts uncovered during the investigation of this …

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Breaking Down the Walls

Breaking down walls and stereotypes. Valquiria Vita from Brazil studying at Pittsburg State University in Kansas shares how much she has learned by being immersed in a diverse community.

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