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Two Tales of Moving Out During a Pandemic.

[Podcast] Two tales of moving out during a pandemic

Pirzan Turel May 20, 2020

Tale 1: From Boston University By Delong (Andy) Ye Sitting in a near-empty room with two large suitcases, I contemplated my decision to move off-campus. Boston University was closed for...

The line in the airport.

Chinese international students: Struggles to get home in a pandemic

Xiaoxi Ma May 15, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic sent thousands of Chinese students abroad scrambling to get home in March. Instead of a month spent attending classes, studying in the library and preparing for exams, they had...

A person exercises and climbs the stairs.

Tips to stay fit during quarantine

Pirzan Turel May 14, 2020

For the average person, fitness is hard enough to keep up on a regular basis. In this new normal that we’re experiencing, it’s even tougher. I’m no bodybuilder or athlete, far from it, but I recognize...

Ugadi celebrations.

How an international student celebrates a family holiday away from home

Sharmila Kuthunur May 12, 2020

Every year, when the Ugadi festival—the Hindu New Year—rolls in, my family has celebrated it in the same way: my dad and brother take up the laborious task of decorating the house. Mom and I finish...

Other activities besides Netflix.

Things to do during quarantine besides Netflix

Avantika Panda April 10, 2020

The global pandemic Covid-19 has taken over our lives in the past several weeks. Suddenly, everyone’s fast-paced life has come to an unexpected halt, anxieties and boredom are high. People are...

Chicken Tikka Masala

My first chicken tikka masala, ever

Maria Aguirre April 4, 2020

I want to begin this piece with a confession: whenever someone asked me if I had tried Indian food, I was ashamed of answering with a big no. When one of my classmates found out about it, he instantly...

Stay sane during quarantine with tea.

How to stay sane during self isolation

Sharmila Kuthunur April 4, 2020

Tips for making the long days more cheerful and less lonely during the pandemic A month ago, my daily routine was simple: I attended classes at Northeastern University during the day, came home...


TikTok: Finding the social in social distancing

Beatriz Guerrero April 1, 2020

As the number of cases of  COVID-19 has increased dramatically in the U.S. in the past few weeks, many people have followed suit with the CDC’s suggestion of self-quarantining for at least two weeks....

Northeastern students talk about the coronavirus pandemic.

[Video] Northeastern students discuss coronavirus before major outbreak in the US

Huilin Li March 19, 2020

The world has been hit hard by the coronavirus. What's surprising is how fast it has all happened. The United States has gone from a handful of cases to a shutdown in a few weeks. The Global Observer...

A tax form.

Do international students have to file a tax return this April?

Ha Ta March 4, 2020

The answer is always “yes.” Students need to at least file a federal tax return, and possibly a state tax return, by April 15. I can’t remember how many conversations I’ve overheard from...

Recording equipment.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: Students discuss coronavirus stereotypes

Suhra Nahib March 2, 2020

The Global Observer is excited to launch the first episode of our podcast titled Abroad in America. In Episode 1, we ask Chinese international students about their worries and the behavioral and attitude...

The performer at Northeastern.

Rising comedic star takes the stage at Northeastern to fundraise for Wuhan

Izzy Harris February 28, 2020

Not many American stand-up comedians make it in China, especially when their language of performance is Chinese. But Massachusetts native Jesse Appell has beaten all the odds and is rapidly becoming...

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