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A screenshot of a spam call.

3 actions to take to avoid being a scam victim this tax season

Ha Ta February 3, 2020

With the tax season of April coming close, my voicemail is inundated with messages asking me to call them back so they can help me, among other things, pay my overdue tax to the IRS and offset my enormous...

Snacks for homesickeness.

A food recipe to relieve homesickness abroad

Maria Aguirre October 28, 2019

“Leaving home and coming to a new city is not an easy task.” People told me this before going abroad but I couldn't agree enough until now. For a girl coming from Guayaquil, Ecuador like me,...

Diwali celebration.

Celebrating the festival of lights in Boston

Avantika Panda October 27, 2019

The blinding lights decorated along the streets, the chaos outside from Bollywood music and fire-crackers and the constant visits from friends and family to your home with sweets and gifts. If these...

A scammers ID.

International students are especially vulnerable to scams

Yushu Tian October 24, 2019

I nearly got swindled out of all the money in my bank account during my first week in the U.S. from a phone call. It was a lesson I want to share with others, that international students -- unfamiliar...

Facing loneliness and overcoming it

Facing loneliness and overcoming it

Yunjia Hou October 16, 2019

“A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free,” German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer...

Your ideal Boston neighborhood finder tool

Your ideal Boston neighborhood finder tool

Ha Ta October 1, 2019

There are more than 20 neighborhoods in Boston and each boasts its own distinct features and personalities. However, as someone who is new to the city looking for a place to live, this long list of neighborhoods...

A group of students.

A Chinese student’s daunting school experience and what we can do about it

July 30, 2019

Newcastle, United Kingdom 2016 It has been almost two years, but I still clearly remember a student of mine. For the sake of anonymity, I’ll call her Jing. Jing was Chinese and one of the few...

Forms to fill for co-op.

An informal guide to co-op for international students

Yuan Tian, Ha Ta April 24, 2019

Northeastern University is well known for its cooperative education program or co-op. Co-op is a gateway, especially for international students to gain professional experience during their programs of...

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