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Student story: College increases confidence

Discover the inspiring story of a student who overcame language barriers and cultural differences after moving from Lebanon to the United States. Learn how they found success in college by pursuing their passion for politics, history, and international relations, transforming their unique background into an asset that enriched classroom discussions and boosted their self-confidence.

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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Flanny
    How bad is the discrimination against international students in the US? I didn't realise the speaker was not from the US until she mentioned it - she has no non-US accent whatsoever. So if she already struggles with these problems, how bad would it be for people like myself who do have a noticeable accent?
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    • female robot grace style avatar for user Amy Shirrell's daughter
      In my experience, people may ask where you are from, and depending on where you are from, they might underestimate you. That sounds like a bad thing, but it could a very good thing. If they underestimate you, you have a much higher likely hood of surprising them and therefore impressing them. You might run into a little trouble here and there, but for the most part you shouldn't have much trouble.
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  • male robot donald style avatar for user Garrett white
    what happens if I take loan out of a college bank? how long do I have to pay it back? what do I have to buy with the money? if someone can answer my question that would rock
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    • stelly yellow style avatar for user ⭐BEST20042007⭐
      Hey Garret. I know this might be a little late to answer, but typically students have up to 10 years to pay their college loans back but this can vary from college to college. Most colleges also offer financial aid to students so you can take the money to pay for tuition, book fees, etc. That's all and just make sure you can pay the loans back after you get a job! Wishing you the best!!
      (4 votes)
  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Rawan A. Kasem
    I am really confused in which college in which country to focus on to apply to. Any help is appreciated
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user danny0814.dj
      I mean you should definitely consider the colleges in the country that you live in, wherever there might be. Some of the advantages of going to the university in your country is that you will have family support that you may not be able to get from foreign countries. But if you want to apply for colleges that are outside your country, you should do some research on the eligibility of that college, for instance if you want to go to a med school most of the colleges will not accept international students into their program. So my recommendation is that do not worry about the countries, bur rather make a list of the colleges that you want to go to and to what major, and after choosing what schools you want to go to, then you can go into researching specific colleges and their eligibility.
      (3 votes)
  • female robot grace style avatar for user kirsten jolie
    At in this video, how do I ensure that I'll thrive in my classes? Even in the more difficult ones
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  • duskpin seedling style avatar for user Alex Gordon
    If somebody wanted to, could they create their own college, if they were rich, and could afford college teachers, for certain topics?
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  • duskpin seed style avatar for user shuo.yang6
    How can I feel confidence in college?
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  • marcimus pink style avatar for user Kayharee Divya
    i actually had the same experience in high school when i came and wasn't familiar with the level of knowledge and cultural references in these schools or even interaction with students and teachers, which made it hard. however i got to adapt and learn as i spent time in these classes of subjects like history etc. i hope i get into college one day.
    (4 votes)
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  • duskpin seedling style avatar for user Unique  Dixon
    Friend is unsure is they want to pursue a college or trade school how do I convince them to at least go to a community college
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    • spunky sam blue style avatar for user CZ
      You shouldn't. Having been a teacher I recommend that a person that is unsure of what they want to do go get a job first. Maybe work a few jobs. Wasting money on school without motivation is how many people get very deep into debt.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user xiaomeng he
    how lucky she is,she has a opportunity to learn what she interested in.Now I am a undergraduate student.but I hate my major(about business,I don't know how to translate it,sorry),because my major was chosen by my father(in China most of high school students'majors are chosen by their parents,because parents don't believe their kids have a clear mind to choose their future).he think the major will let me earn more money.but I do not care how much money I will earn in the future.I don't care. Now I really want to start again to learn astronomy in The University of Arizona.I love astronomy,I want to learn more about stars,galaxies,and planets,especially the earth and the solar system.I just want to know what I should prepare.I am a chinese student,because of the firewall which was built by Chinese Government,I can't login facebook and google and youtube and even NASA offical webite,so I can't get more information.I only know that I should perpare TOFEL and my transcript in high school.
    questions:
    1.when I graduate from my college in 4 years,could I have a chance to go to The University of Arizona?
    2.I have graduated from high school for a years,teachers who taught me maybe didn't know me! I am very common in high school.until I went to college and learn about this major my father chosen,I think I would study abroad to learn what I really want to learn.How I can prepare my recommendations.
    (3 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Chao Yan
    The college is usually a marvelous place which we can benefit a lot from.So pursue the dream you wanna desire.
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Video transcript

- One thing I learned in college is the ability to believe in yourself and to actually see that happen. Because when I moved here from Lebanon in 2005, I really just felt like I was not... like I would never achieve, because I didn't have the academic language to really write in class or analyze documents, because we never had practiced those skills. And so I always felt that I was a student that just wasn't smart enough, and that was never good enough for something, and I kind of lost the belief in myself that I would achieve, especially because I had things like my accent, or my... I didn't have the knowledge that other people had here, the cultural knowledge, the jokes, the references, this, that. So those were all really hard experiences moving in right in high school. When I went to college, and I chose the major of what I really was interested in, which was politics and history and international relations, all of a sudden, I thrived in those classes, and all of my experiences ended up becoming assets, and my language and my cultural difference ended up becoming something that aided me more, because I was able to bring other perspectives into the classroom discussions. And so all of a sudden I felt empowered to feel that I'm actually not a dumb student, and I know something.