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What’s Syllabus Week?

July 10, 2017

Remember your first day of school back when you were young? You’d bring your new backpack to class, meet your new classmates, and know that the first day would really just be an introduction to the year to come. Honestly, the first day at an American university isn’t entirely unlike that first day as a kid. You’ll probably have a new backpack with you, you will meet new classmates, and your professor will offer you a document that outlines what to expect in the coming semester. This document is called a syllabus, and the first days of classes are referred to by students as “syllabus week”, as a result.

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What to Do for the 4th of July

July 3, 2017

On July 4th, 1776, a group of men from the then 13 American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence establishing and signing into law their independence as a new country. More than 200 years later, the country, now the United States, still celebrates July 4th as its Independence Day. Though the day is steeped in American history and is celebrated to remind the country of the values on which it was founded, the 4th of July has since evolved to be a holiday indicative of summer fun. With 4th of July being tomorrow, we’re offering up some fun ideas for celebrating arguably one of the funnest American holidays.

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What Living On-Campus in the U.S. Is Really Like

June 30, 2017

The transition from high school student to college student is a big one. You’re stepping up the game – taking on a higher level of learning, engaging in more dynamic and competitive classrooms, and socially and academically contributing to a new university community. In addition to classroom transitions, you’ll also be moving on-campus and experiencing quintessential dorm life. “Dorm” is just short for “dormitories”, referring to the housing provided to university students. You might have seen depictions of students living in dorms from various American TV shows, movies, and maybe even YouTube clips, but what you see on-screen can be quite different from what you’ll experience upon move-in day. In preparation of this transition, we’re sharing the five things you should expect from life on-campus and living in dorms.

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Idiom of the Week: Piggyback on

June 29, 2017

Idioms are figurative sayings, proverbs or phrases with meanings that cannot be understood through a literal interpretation. Idioms are also some of the toughest phrases to master when learning a new language, and are often used repeatedly by native speakers in everyday conversation. For these reasons, we’re sharing an English-language idiom and its meaning every week, so you can become more comfortable using them in your own conversations.

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10 Terms You Should Know Before Leasing an Apartment

June 28, 2017

Living on your own – outside of your parents’ home and off-campus – is a big step towards independence. You’re no longer under the watchful eye of a parent or a Resident Advisor. You’re now in charge of your own bedtime, noise levels, and how you choose to use your living space. Having an apartment, or other rental property, is definitely the ultimate #adulting experience, but for anyone who’s new to the renting game, you might be confused by all of the terms and phrases you see on property listings. As you search for your first apartment, we wanted to offer you a dictionary or translation of sorts when it comes to the terms you’ll encounter so that you can feel confident in your transition into being more independent.

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6 Things You Can Leave at Home Before You Move to the U.S.

June 26, 2017

There is nothing like the daunting task of packing a suitcase. It’s always hard to predict exactly what you’ll need for an excursion or even just a day-trip, so when it comes to packing for an entire academic year living in another country, yeah, you’re bound to get a little overwhelmed at the prospect. You likely have a million things to get in order before you move to the U.S. to attend university, and we wouldn’t blame you if you were procrastinating on deciding what to throw in your suitcase. To give you one less thing to worry about, we’re sharing a list of things you can leave at home while packing:

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What It Takes to Get into an Elite University

June 23, 2017

Your freshman year at university might still be a few years away, but it’s possible you might have already started thinking about which school you want to attend. While you have the option of applying to countless reputable colleges and universities in the U.S., you may have also wondered about what it might take to get into some of the most elite and competitive in the country, such as the Ivy League schools. Though you should certainly select schools that align with your academic and professional goals – and that are the best fit for your personality and needs – the prestige of attending an elite school can undoubtedly draw you to apply. If you are interested in possibly attending an elite university, you definitely have to start preparing well in advance. To help get you on the right track, we’re offering some insight into what qualities and credentials you need to get accepted at an elite university.

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Idiom of the Week: A Snail’s Pace

June 22, 2017

Idioms are figurative sayings, proverbs or phrases with meanings that cannot be understood through a literal interpretation. Idioms are also some of the toughest phrases to master when learning a new language, and are often used repeatedly by native speakers in everyday conversation. For these reasons, we’re sharing an English-language idiom and its meaning every week, so you can become more comfortable using them in your own conversations.

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City Spotlight: Charleston

June 21, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to visit an American city that is as historic as it is tropical, you might want to consider Charleston, South Carolina. This coastal city has been beautifully preserved by its historic society, meaning the streets look like something out of a time capsule. You can see the state’s famous Palmetto trees lining neighborhoods, and everywhere you walk, there are charming and colorful building facades. Of course, you can’t go to a Southern city without experiencing some friendly, Southern hospitality, or Southern charm as they call it, and that’s no different for Charleston. You’ll become immediately enchanted by this quaint city, which is why we’re featuring it in this month’s City Spotlight.

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What to Do If You’re Bored at Your Internship

June 19, 2017

Everyone tells you that getting an internship is crucial to getting that initial job experience that will eventually help you land your first job post-college. And it’s true – internships can offer you a great opportunity to learn more about your desired career field and can give you insight into what the day-to-day responsibilities of someone pursuing that career field can look like. Many employers and companies do their best to guide, teach, and offer learning opportunities to their interns,but of course, there are some instances where, despite employers’ and companies’ best efforts, their interns aren’t getting as much out of their internships as they could be. So what should you do if you’re bored at your internship and looking for more challenging tasks? We’re glad you asked.

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