The weather is finally cooling down which means we’re all getting in the spirit of Fall. If you grew up in a country without all four seasons (like one of us did), experiencing the wonders of Fall may be new to you. This magical season full of pumpkin spiced everything and crisp weather comes with […]Read more "Five Fun American Fall Activities To Try This Year"
You’ve been living in the dorms for two years and you can’t handle any more RA’s, cafeteria food, or generic furniture. You’ve had enough and you’re ready to find your own place. Moving off-campus as an international student can have its challenges. From getting approved to rent a place, to having to buy all new […]Read more "How To Move To Your First Off-Campus Place"
Congratulations! You did it. You got a paid job as an international student in the US. Your first day will be exciting, new and fun and you can’t wait to get to work, right? Well, before you get ahead of yourself, your employer will have several forms you will need to complete. Two of those […]Read more "How To Fill Out W-4 and I-9 Forms"
Different countries have different ways of naming people. For example, in South America, people tend to have two different last names and they both appear on all official documents – the father’s last name followed by the mother’s last name. However, in normal day to day, most people tend to only use the father’s last […]Read more "How I Ended Up With Two Different Names In The American System (And What You Can Do So It Doesn’t Happen To You)"
College is supposed to only last four years. With the expense of going to college in the US these days, you need for it to only last four years. However, life gets in the way and sometimes, getting all 120+ required credits done by your Senior year seems like an impossible task. Through strict planning and […]Read more "How To Graduate On Time"
Interviewing can be terrifying. From applying to a school organization to going through your first internship application process, chances are you can’t avoid the dreaded interview. Between the two of us, we have visited countless of offices and coffee shops in the hopes of getting our one shot. Sometimes successful, sometimes not, we think we’ve […]Read more "Nailing The Interview"
If you’re applying for a job or an internship, chances are they will ask you for a resume. Sometimes, they might ask you for a cover letter and a list of references too. If you’re absolutely clueless on what any of these things are (as we were), don’t panic. Here’s a quick guide to creating […]Read more "Resumes, Cover Letters and References"
You get your OPT approved, get your employment authorization card, and get a badass job that you absolutely love. Time flies when you’re having fun and soon enough it’s three months before your OPT expires and you have absolutely no idea what to do. Well, luckily, we are research-obsessed nerds who might as well open […]Read more "What Happens After OPT? Learning Your Options."
If you have been living in the US for a while, chances are you have seen hundreds of commercials talking about the importance of having and building good credit. But, what is credit and how do you build it? And, as an international student, why does credit matter? Your credit score basically measures your financial […]Read more "What Is Credit And How Do I Build It?"
If you see American adults freaking out in the months leading up to May, and you have no idea what’s going on, it’s probably tax season. If you’re a student from a foreign country (which we assume you are since you’re reading this blog) then you probably have a lot of questions. Do I have to file for […]Read more "What Are Federal Taxes And How Do You Pay Them?"