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Thanksgiving – What’s it all about?

As we approach one of the major US holidays, some would say a holiday that is bigger than Christmas for many Americans, I thought a posting explaining Thanksgiving and what its all about would help...

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Black Friday in the US

If you’ve never lived in the U.S. or if you have just arrived, you may have heard people talking about Black Friday and wondered, “What exactly is Black Friday?” Have you ever seen a movie depicting...

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Celebrating Christmas While Studying Abroad

For many people Christmas is a time to spend with family and loved ones. Studying abroad can be a fun and rewarding experience however it can be tough if you’ll be away from your family during...

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Celebrating the New Year in New York City

New Year celebrations are major events all across the world and each country celebrates differently. In the US, most cities host public events to count down the seconds to the New Year. One city, in...

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What is American Food?

For many international students who have never been to the United States, and have only seen it in a movie or on a TV show, American food may seem to be primarily pizzas, hamburgers and French fries....

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An introduction to Halloween traditions in the US

Every year on October 31st people in many parts of the world celebrate Halloween. As an international student studying in the United States for the first time you may wonder what this holiday is all...

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The Spirit of Halloween

Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year again- October 31st, meaning it’s the holiday recognized as Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve. If you are an international student inside the US and are from a...

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What is Thanksgiving in the US All About?

If you’re an international student inside the US trying to figure out the answer to the question “What is Thanksgiving?” then we are here to offer a bit of guidance. More than likely from the name...

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A Great (and Free) Valentine’s Day Gift

Tomorrow is the first day of February which means if you are trying to plan something special for your loved ones on Valentine’s day- you only have two weeks left. If you’re tired of just buying...

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What is American Thanksgiving?

If all you know about American Thanksgiving is that you have a few days off from classes- then you will most definitely want to learn more and get the answer to what is American Thanksgiving. After...

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5 New Year’s Resolutions International Students Should Make

Ready or not 2015 is upon us. To get a fresh start on life it’s common practice to create a New Year resolution list. If you’re new to the idea of creating resolutions just think of these resolutions...

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How to Host a Potluck on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving inside the US is a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate what they’re thankful for- and is usually focused around a Thanksgiving feast. If you would like to celebrate...

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Earth Day Fun: Four Easy Ways to Repurpose Around Your Dorm

Don’t forget that Earth Day is this Friday! As an international student, now is the ideal time to start thinking about how you can help the world we all share by learning to reduce, reuse and recycle....

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Tips on Dating in the US

When you become an international inside the US part of the experience will include the new people you meet- including any love interests that come about. If you’re considering dating while studying in...

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How to Celebrate July 4th in the USA

  Did you know that next week holds a very exciting day for The United States? The Fourth of July is a national holiday that marks the Continental Congress’s adaptation of the Declaration of...

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Holidays to Celebrate in the US as an International Student

One of the greatest ways to become immersed in American culture as an international student is by celebrating traditional American holidays. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Fourth of July,...

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Halloween Costumes on a Student Budget

Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is coming up on October 31st. If you’re not from a country that traditionally celebrates Halloween (or even if you are) then you’ll want to prepare yourself for a lot of...

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Ways to Reboot During Winter Break

Let’s face it, being a full time international student in the US is exhausting. Along with having the typical work of a student (classes, exams, study groups, projects, pop quizzes, essays, etc)...

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The Low Down on December Holidays

In the US, the month of December is heavily dominated by all things Christmas. While Christmas is a public federal holiday inside the US, mostly affecting paid time off for certain employees, many...

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Celebrate the Season: The Secular Scene

You don’t have to be of a particular faith to be festive and celebrate the end of the year holiday season. While many events will center around Christmas this December, they won’t all necessarily have...

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