A very common tradition amongst colleges and universities in America is Homecoming, and it is something everyone should experience at least once while they are in college. On UCF’s campus, Homecoming is one of the most eventful and fun times throughout the whole school year! This year, Homecoming is October 9th through October 15th, and... Continue reading An in Depth Look at UCF Homecoming
You’re going to fail. A lot. And that’s awesome. Failure isn’t something to fear. It’s something to embrace. Just ask Bill Gates. A Google search for “Microsoft failures” returns 28 million results. Yet according to Forbes, Gates is worth USD $79.7 billion. And as the world’s richest man, he’s also worth listening to when it... Continue reading Entrepreneurial Series: Failure as a Road to Success
Say Hi to Knightro, Your UCF Mascot! For some students, showing school pride means going to a football game, buying a shirt or joining a club. For a select and sweaty few, school pride means wearing a giant costume. If you’re new to the idea of a school mascot, here’s everything you need to know... Continue reading Say Hi to Knightro, Your UCF Mascot!
A popular American saying about gifts is, “It’s better to give than it is to receive.” It just feels good to make someone happy with a thoughtful gift, you know? But like many college kids, you might not have a lot of money for presents. That’s why “Secret Santa” is perfect for students. We’ll walk... Continue reading Ho ho ho! “Secret Santa” Christmas tradition explained
Staying in the USA for winter break? Here are some popular activities for making the most of your time off. So you don’t wind up bored... like this guy: ReactionGIFs One day, cat. One day you’ll learn to read. Until he does, check out these tips and have fun in his honor. Know someone in... Continue reading Avoiding Winter Break Boredom
This time of year, you see fuzzy red and white Santa hats, Christmas trees and other festive decorations. For many Americans, Christmas is the big December holiday. So why is the common trend to say, “Happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? There are actually several important reasons why it’s popular to say “happy holidays”: It’s... Continue reading Why Americans Say “Happy Holidays,” Not “Merry Christmas”
Studying for final exams is the second biggest enemy facing college kids (right behind “running out of ramen at 3am”). Here are our tips for studying success, with a little help from beloved college-themed TV show Community. Study with classmates Mashable A study group can add fun, encouragement and other benefits to preparing for tests. Make... Continue reading Tips for studying for finals
The holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving, one of the most popular holidays in the USA! Thanksgiving is so much more than a short break before your finals, and it's worth the time to learn about the culture and the fun. In this blog post, we will get to know the five F’s of Thanksgiving:... Continue reading America’s Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving Fun Explained
The great poet William Butler Yeats once said, “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” As you study in America, you’ll come across many opportunities to meet new people. But will you take advantage of these chances? Yes, you will. Because who are you to disrespect William Butler Yeats? The man... Continue reading How to Make Friends While Studying Abroad
Few weeks left on finishing up your semester? Is finals stressing you out? As the excitement of starting college is fading away, and the classes are getting harder, now you might be looking back and missing your family, your friends, and your favorite foods… If that’s the case for you, we are here to help!... Continue reading Miss Living at Home? Here’s How to Handle It!
While attending school in the United States, you will encounter many activities that will give you the traditional “American university experience.” None is more iconic than the tradition of homecoming. On UCF’s Orlando campus, it is alive and well, and judging from our students, it is better than ever! What is Homecoming? Before we delve... Continue reading Homecoming: An American University Tradition Explained
Idioms exist in every language. Understand more common idioms will help you understand better what American people are talking about. So be sure to check out our other American idioms series part 1 and part 2. Raining cats and dogs When it is raining particularly heavily. Example: “It’s really raining cats and dogs out... Continue reading Spill the Beans: American Idioms Explained (R-Z)