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Vietnamese food.

Saigon street food in Boston: Not your typical Vietnamese meals

Ha Ta July 2, 2020

There’s an online food shop in Dorchester whose recipes come straight from the streets of Saigon, and they’re not selling phở.  Owner Cathy Phan of Viet Munchies cooks in her kitchen and...

People clink beer bottles.

Muslim students talk American college drinking culture

Luiza Loyo June 22, 2020

Before coming to the US, most international students get to know the American college life by watching American T.V. shows. If there is a constant thread we learned from those shows, it is that college...

Students supporting Joe Kennedy.

Opinion: Why international students should care more about US politics

Mihiro Shimano June 18, 2020

‘Have you registered to vote yet?’ has become a common question people pose to each other within the past few months as the general election is approaching. However, as an international student...

A church service online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving with the times, The Catholic Church embraces live streaming during COVID-19

Desirée Vignola May 21, 2020

Sitting on my deck in my small town in Massachusetts, I can hear birds chirping as a mother robin brings food to her baby chicks in one of my bushes -- and the voice of the priest from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,...

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....

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