Author: Tamara Evdokimova

Surviving US Public School as an International Student

I first moved to the United States when I was 12. Unlike many other international students, I was lucky enough to be immigrating with my entire family. Nonetheless, between the initial language barrier, culture shock, and no understanding of the admissions process when it came time to apply to college, integration into American society was no easy task!

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4 Things We Would Tell Our Former High School Selves

Although high school and college each last four years, your freshman year of high school constitutes 1/14 (7%) of your 14 years of existence, whereas your sophomore year of college makes up only 1/20 (5%) as you hit your 20th birthday. I know, time is a weird concept. As cliché as it may sound, high school years do shape you as an individual: you make new friends, you discover potentially lifelong interests, and hopefully you pass your driving test.

I had an enjoyable high school experience, and if I could do it all over again… I would definitely do some things differently. Alas, humanity has not yet evolved to the point of bending the space-time continuum, so the best I can do is share my wisdom with you. So here are 4 things I would like to tell my former high school self:

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