What You Forgot to Bring to College

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Whether you’re already settled into your new dorm room or you’re still packing for your international flight, there’s a significant chance that you either forgot to pack something or didn’t even think to bring it. There are hundreds of ready-made lists available (see here, here, and here), but most of them lack certain items you never think you’d need but actually do. Rather than providing a list of what to bring to college, we’ve put together a list of what you forgot to bring (or don’t have on your packing list), and those “essentials” you brought along (or are thinking of bringing) and will sit unused in your dorm room all year.

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The 7 Best Student Discounts on Laptops

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As a student, you’re probably always looking for the best deal, largest savings, and most convenient way to make purchases. With the school year starting, we want to make sure you’re aware of student discounts at some of the most popular stores for laptops and other technology products. Even if there isn’t a physical store nearby, you can always order online. Read on to see which retailers offer special deals for students!

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How to Live Without a Car in the U.S.

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According a U.S. News & World report, 48% of students at the U.S. universities surveyed have a car on campus. That percentage varies widely from campus to campus; at some colleges virtually all students have cars, at other schools only a small handful do, and some campuses are nearly car-free. Buying and maintaining a car can be expensive, especially for college students. So how else can students get where they need to be?

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How to Get a Cell Phone as an International Student in the U.S.

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Virtually all college students in the United States own a cell phone, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise. If you look around any college campus, you’ll notice students texting, making a call, listening to music, or checking their email. Cell phones allow students to stay connected with their school, classmates, friends, and family – which is especially important if you’re an international student.

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American Food: Perception vs. Reality


What comes to mind when you think of American food? Many people, no matter what country they’re from, would probably say burgers, French fries, ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, processed foods, and pretty much anything overly sweet or especially salty. More than once, American food has been called disgusting – and this is partially true. But not all of the food in the United States is disgusting, and Americans do not exclusively eat hamburgers and French fries. So, what do the people of the United States of America really eat?

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The Difference Between College Majors and Minors, and If You Actually Need One

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You may have heard the terms “major” and “minor” mentioned when talking about college. Some students know what they want to major or minor in before even applying to college, and others never even declare one. So, what exactly are majors and minors, and why are they relevant?

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How to Survive College Orientation

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Orientation is a new student’s introduction to every aspect of college life. Although it may seem awkward and nerve wracking at times, it’s meant to be informative and provides the opportunity to meet your new peers. If you’re a student, it’s important to know that the school really does you to succeed during college, both academically and socially. Orientation helps ensure that students have a smooth transition to college and are prepared to get the most out of their time in school.

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What are International Students Saying about peerTransfer?

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After reading last week’s post about 3 Things Every New College Student Needs to Know, we hope that any incoming international students feel better prepared to enter college this year – and maybe some returning students learned something new as well!

When asked what advice they would give to incoming international students, all of the returning international students we surveyed recommended using peerTransfer to make payments to their school. Vaibhav, an international student from India, remarks that peerTransfer’s solution is “the fastest way to send money to my school, and it has low rates compared to banks.” Check out what other advice about peerTransfer international students dished out.

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3 Things Every New College Student Needs to Know

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Starting college is a major milestone for any student. It marks the beginning of a thrilling, transformative chapter in life. If you’ll be studying in a new country, let alone an unfamiliar city or state, then you’re probably feeling even more excited and nervous.

In order to help incoming international students with this transition, we asked seasoned international students what advice they would give to new students who are leaving their home countries to study in the United States.

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The Best Places to Watch Fireworks on July 4th


Although many international students go home during summer break, there are plenty of students who stay in the U.S. for summer classes, internships, or just to enjoy time with friends or traveling around the rest of the country. If you’re looking for something to do this week, what better way than to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th?

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