Setting Foot in The United States

18July 2015 I don’t think people actually understand how hard college applications be, especially for international students like myself. Little did I know I was just excited thinking about making new friends in a new environment, having Chipotle 24/7, and of course, independence. So I did the same thing as all of us do when…

Happy Accidents

As you approach your freshman year of college, you will likely hear a steady refrain about “finding yourself.” This ambiguous concept could mean a myriad of things, but more often than not it’s meant to represent figuring out what you want out of life, what kind of job you want to have, or what kind…

Summer Break – Expectations vs Reality

It’s undeniable that summer break is the best thing that can ever happen in a student’s life. The months of struggling just to get through the semester and exams, summer break is like God’s gift from heaven to us students. But let’s face it, all the extravagant activities and action-packed summer schedule you had planned…

Absence Breaks the Heart, You Must Learn to Mend It

It bothers me that I don’t get to see my family very often. Particularly when school is in session, I find myself buried under piles of work which prevent me from going home to have movie nights with my dad or spend quality time with my nephews. 125 miles is no short distance between loved…

LGBT in Campus

More often than not, when you attend a family gathering as a 20-something, you’re likely to get bombarded with the “Do you have a boyfriend?”question. I was once really frustrated and I replied to a rather nosy relative of mine “I’m a lesbian. I like girls” with a smirk. I’ve never seen anyone transition from being…

Twisted Roads on the Path to Success

“I wouldn’t worry about it, because in my experience everyone generally ends up exactly where they are supposed to be.” I heard these words from an alumni of Brown University during a phone interview in my senior year of high school. After applying to the prestigious university along with two other Ivy League schools, Columbia…

Life in a Foreign Land

Our StudentConnect staff recently had the opportunity to get in touch with a few international students currently pursuing their undergraduate studies in the U.S.A. Find out what do they have to say about their American college experience in this exclusive interview series. First up, it’s an interview with Kishen, a transfer student from Malaysia currently studying Mechanical…

Lead The Way

The first of our 15 College Decision Stories is finally here! Written by Stacey Parke, we think this article is going to give you the motivation you need to make your college decisions! Read on!  When it comes to college admissions, leadership is one of the strongest qualities an individual can exude. Unlike your GPA…

So You Want to Go to College in the US Section 6: Test Prep

Standardized test preparation is one of those things which is very difficult to write an article about because everyone has their own best way of studying so I’m not going to go into too much detail on this.  The most important thing is that you do whatever is most comfortable and suited to your own…

A College Counselor’s Advice To Parents

We at StudentConnect recently interviewed a college counselor to get her advice for parents who have children who are leaving the nest this Fall and what she has to say to them. The following article is written as told to the author.  This the season – between the end of May to early June –…

An Open Letter to College Freshmen

Dear College Freshmen, I recollect being 18, high on leaving my minuscule town behind and exhilarated about starting a pristinely incipient life on a campus full of strangers. I recollect the boxes that commenced to fill my room in the weeks leading up to my departure the 12th of August. I recollect the anticipation of…