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Focus on Context and Content

When I started my graduate studies, it was quite tough for me to participate in discussion with my colleagues especially during the first couple of semesters. The most serious aspect that was bothering me was my accent because all my colleagues were native speakers. After experiencing this situation, I worked to change my accent during […]

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Interaction of Home and School

When I started my graduate studies, it was quite overwhelming for me. I always studied at home after school, which was a good practice to complete the work in-time. I often had deadlines regarding my course work and the research projects that I was conducting with my professors. However, even after completing my work, I […]

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Relaxing and Meditation

Being an international student, it was quite hard for me to deal with graduate studies because I found the education system and academic practices completely new when I started. During my first year, I was entirely focusing on my work and I had very few social and entertaining activities during that time. Also during my […]

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Understanding Cultural Diversity

Since we are in a new culture and this is a uniqueness of the United States (U.S.) that students from all over the world having distinctive cultures come here to get education. Therefore, it is very essential to become cultural sensitive and respect all cultures regardless of race, class, and gender. It is also important […]

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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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