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Utilization of MSU Services

It is obvious that when we come to a new country and culture, we may feel homesickness, which can sometimes lead to depression and anxiety. We can also feel overwhelmed because we have to manage everything including departmental documentation, school requirements, class work, assignments, cleaning, cooking, and travel. Having all these responsibilities at the same […]

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Off Campus Residence

It is an ideal situation for international students to live on campus during their studies. Doing so may help us feel a better sense of community and to meet with people of similar ages and interests, which may increase our motivation level for studying well, especially in the beginning of our studies. Living on campus, […]

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Use of Technology

Appropriate use of technology can become extremely helpful for us as international students. For instance, when I started my studies here at Montclair State University, I lost my way a couple of times while trying to navigate the bus system. After some time, I heard about using a smartphone or a GPS so that I […]

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Feeling isolation can affect our academic performance

One of the biggest problems in the beginning of an academic year that we face is feeling isolation and homesickness. The reason for this may be because many things may be new to us such as food, people, academic environment, and place of residence. At this point, we may also be alone in this country […]

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Packing Tips

If there is one thing I don’t like about traveling, is to pack. I’m pretty sure most people don’t find this a funny task; however, it’s an essential part of traveling.  A couple of days ago, someone sent me an article with some helpful tips about packing, so I think it would be nice to […]

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Studying Abroad

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela  If someone had told me a year ago I was about to live one of the best experiences of my life, I would not believe that at all. However, seven months ago […]

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Philadelphia Photo Contest!

On April 19 International Services took a group of 47 students, scholars, and staff to Philadelphia.  The trip began in the morning with the Cherry Blossom Festival, and ended in central Philadelphia.  We wanted everyone to have a wonderful time, and to document their experience in Philly, thus the Philly Photo Contest was born! During […]

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Ice skating for the first time?

Yes, for many international students, winter weather, as well as all the activities related to it, is not common in our home countries. Ice skating is a very popular activity in America, and maybe something that we have never done before. It is always good to find what to do during the winter time because […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Depression in College

College life can be stressful for young adults as it is. But when you move to a whole new country, much different from the one you are from, college life can be even more confusing and taxing. You are barely able to cope with the vast culture shock because you are expected to keep up […]

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Looking for our next blogger!

A new semester has started, and we are looking for our next blogger! More to come…

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