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Scotland is taking on barriers for separated trainees– so must the...

This week the Scottish government announced the first review of its kind into estranged young people in universities. This will bring vital recognition for those who exist off the radar of the care system but have no relationship with their parents. Not only will it gather data on these people for the first time, it…

The Term That Altered My Life Felt Never Ending

Any student in their rightful mind would cash out on the opportunity to go abroad and take a light semester to enjoy their experience in another country by partying, traveling and eating exotic food. Well, so did I.  But, I wanted to do a little more and challenge myself in another country. giphy.comMy parents are one of my biggest…

Office reverses visa choice for 2nd Oxford scholastic

The Home Office has made a sudden U-turn on its decision to ban the young children of an Oxford University professor, Amber Murrey, from living with her in the UK – the second time in a week it has reversed a visa refusal for the child of an Oxford academic following reports in the Guardian.…

Ending Up Being a Newbie Brother Or Sister 7,000 Miles From...

When I moved from China to the United States to study journalism, I knew I may experience homesickness for my family. But it was not until I reached Coe College’s campus in the summer of 2015 that I realized I would be homesick for my way of life too. Before studying abroad, I heard Cedar…

How I Handled Sorrow While Studying Abroad

Photo courtesy of Selena PontonStudying abroad—from Instagram’s point of view—seems like the ideal experience. Living in a different country, soaking in the sun and culture, traveling to different countries and cities with your best friends and wearing your summer clothes all year ‘round sounds like a dream. For many people, it is. But for me,…

Oxford teacher’s kids declined visas to join her in UK

Amber Murrey, an American academic, was “ecstatic” about being appointed associate professor in geography at Oxford University last year. But the dream turned sour two weeks ago when the Home Office refused to grant visas for her two daughters, aged four and nine, to live with her in the UK. Dr Murrey used an immigration…

This Summer season: The Secret Behind Making Time

My first summer as a college student had me working retail and taking 12 credits worth of classes (way too many if you ask me). I like to think that I pretty much embodied the definition of #adulting. But in reality, I only made it over the first hurdle on the way to adulthood.  giphy.comAs…

To My Future, 5 Year Older, Self

Hey future me. How’s it going? Hopefully you’ve graduated from the University of Maryland and working or at least heavily job searching. Gosh, I have so many thoughts swirling in my head currently like what I am experiencing in my future years of college, what friends I am hanging out with and if I’m still…

I Never Ever Understood Just How Much I Required My Household...

Family is everything for the first part of your life. Your parents help you with everything and raise you to be the best you can be. If you have siblings, you look out for them and they look out for you. In elementary school, you learn how to tie your shoes and ride your bike.…

Can cheats succeed in the race to offer their kids a...

It is an extraordinary claim by any measure: rich parents, real live Hollywood celebrities among them, were named by the FBI allegedly paying between $15,000 and $75,000 in bribes and cheat fees to get their kids into university. Up to 50 people, including Felicity Huffman, are alleged to have taken part in a scheme that…

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