Managing the Transition to University Life in the United States

You received your admissions letter and hopefully a generous financial package.  I can imagine the immense excitement that you are experiencing. However, this excitement is shadowed by a feeling of concern and numerous unanswered questions spinning around your head. Orientation As a first year student you are most probably going

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Halloween Crazy: 2009 Recap

American college students love dressing up for Halloween. You will find costume parties on university campuses all across the country in the month of October. The outfit choices range from strange, scary, hilarious or risqué. Ohio University in Athens, Ohio is known for its history of wild Halloween parties. According

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Writing Research Papers in College

MLA, APA, Chicago, Research papers, and YOU! Research papers in your own language are one thing. While they may not be your favorite thing in the world to write, it probably doesn’t intimidate or scare you. A teacher or professor says write a paper, you write it and forget it.

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Serenity Now! Dealing with Roommates

After five years of college, and living in the dorm both in the U.S. and abroad, I’ve learned a little bit about how to deal with roommates. My first roommate, in Salzburg, Austria, was a French girl, who spoke better English than I did. She was pretty cool, and very

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Thinking in A Foreign Language

The book 1984 was written by George Orwell back in the 1920s 1940s (thanks to our commenter Santa for picking that huge mistake up). While it is mainly a book about Orwell’s vision of the future, it also offers those who study language an important lesson. The main character, Winston,

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