Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

3 Tips and 7 Apps to Boost Your Productivity During Finals

By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services

Do you wish you had more hours in a day? Juggling classes, homework and laundry doesn’t leave much time for fun, let alone sleep. Yup, college life can be pretty intense. Here are some tips to help you end your semester on a strong note and ace those finals.

 Get organized and stay focused: Make a timetable and stick with it. When you receive your test dates and deadlines, write them all down. Include your activities and club meetings, then block out time for studying. Find a system that works for you, whether it’s a paper list, daily planner or an app.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Celebrating IEW 2015: A Recap of Last Week’s Events

For International Education Week from Nov. 16-20, 2015, WES Student Advisor held a number of webinars, events and contests for students in the U.S. and around the world. Here’s a recap of what we did.

On Thursday evening, we held our networking event for international students in New York, where we welcomed three panelists who discussed applying to jobs and schools in the U.S. Our panelists included Surabhi Lal, director of career services at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Erin Stine, director of undergraduate admission at the Parson School of Design at The New School; and Meghavaty Suresh, brand engagement specialist at Guardian News & Media in New York and a 2015 graduate from Syracuse University’s graduate program in new media.

Check out a recording of the panel discussion below:

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Domestic International Experience

By Deedi Boland
Contributing Writer

When I applied to the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s MBA program in the fall of 2013, I wasn’t thinking about cross-cultural experiences. I’d grown up 45 minutes south of Syracuse and completed my undergraduate education 45 minutes south of my hometown. I’d been outside the United States just once, on a trip to France when I was 16. Clearly, I hadn’t strayed far from home and I hadn’t had much experience with people from other cultures.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We're Live Streaming Our Networking Event!

Couldn't make it to our networking event in person? Check out our live stream (above).

How I Adapted to Public Transportation in the U.S.

By Jewel Taylor
Student Ambassador, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

It’s never easy traveling to a new country and embracing a new culture. As an international student, it’s a difficult experience yet a rewarding one in educational and career opportunities. I gained experience with my exposure to a new country, culture and language, and this leads to personal development and relationship building with people of other cultures. However, it’s difficult when it comes to academics challenges, social barriers, financial differences, culture shock and simply, adjustment. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Day in the Life of an International Student in the U.S.

Perelman Quadrangle at the University of Pennsylvania
By Mengying Bi
Student Ambassador, 

University of Pennsylvania

I like getting up early. Everything is no rush. I get to make myself a delicious breakfast and a good cup of freshly brewed coffee. It’s always the best way to kick off my day. Exploring new hobbies is definitely one added bonus from studying abroad. Since it won’t be that easy to get the food from their home country 
 and sometimes people do miss their traditional cuisines  cooking becomes a new hobby for many international students. I didn’t know that I could even cook before I arrived here. Last summer, when I got back home and cooked for my family, they were amazed by what a good “chef” I’d become. But enough about cooking; let’s get back to my day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Have You Started Job Hunting Yet?

By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

Dear International Students,

I hope you are doing well, wherever in the United States you currently are. I’m writing today to ask you a vital question: Have you started job hunting yet?

Being an international student gives you increased hurdles to jump into the job space. You not only need to prove you’re a fit for the role and company like everybody else, but also need to navigate work authorization, visa sponsorship and language barriers. So don’t take the job search lightly, even if you’re a straight-A student and have a great looking resume. If you’ve started investing time and effort into finding a job for the summer, be it full-time or an internship, then you’re on the right track. If you haven’t, then you better not be waiting for Christmas! Start right now. Here's how.

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's International Education Week!

International Education Week (IEW) is finally here, and you can join us as we honor it with a number of events, contests and webinars.

IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that aims to “promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States,” according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.

Click here to see everything that WES Student Advisor is doing to celebrate this week. 

Q&A: Nigerian Student Overcomes Challenges, Excels in U.S.

To kick off International Education Week 2015, we've interviewed an international student about her experience in the United States. Oluwaseyi Oni, of Nigeria, is a graduate student at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta.

What has been your greatest challenge as an international student? What steps did you take to overcome that challenge?

There are myriad opportunities in the United States, but non-citizens can only enjoy some of them. More specifically, international students are at a disadvantage when it comes to finding competitive jobs and scholarships. As a graduate student interested in research, I had to do a lot of patient searching to find an opportunity that fit my goals and interests. In addition, I applied for a scholarship from my home country before coming here.

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