International Student Life


The Columbia Case Competition: A Learning Experience

From left to right: Ajay Addagada (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Zhouxuan Li (MIT), Yashwanth Musiboyina (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Esha Shah (Dartmouth)
From left to right: Ajay Addagada (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Zhouxuan Li (MIT), Yashwanth Musiboyina (MSBAPM, Class of Spring 2017), Esha Shah (Dartmouth)

About the Competition

The Columbia Case competition was organized by the Columbia Graduate Consulting Club (CGCC) of Columbia University, which was aimed to expose those students who want to pursue the field of consulting and have no prior experience in it. A total of four students from the Business Analytics and Project Management program represented UConn at this competition. Continue Reading


How to Find On-Campus Job Opportunities and Internships as an International Student

Some friends of mine recently asked how I found on-campus positions and internships as an international student.  It took me a long conversation to explain how I found each opportunity, but I still think that I can go further to explain step-by-step for others who may be interested. Continue Reading


MSFRM Middle Autumn Festival Celebration

Middle-Autumn Festival is also known as Chinese Moon Festival. It is a time for families to be together, so people far from home will gaze longingly at the moon and think about their families. The event is open to anyone and everyone on campus. Delicious potluck dinner, music, dance, fun games and sharing traditional culture!Continue Reading


Advice for Selecting a College: Shop for Best Fit, Not ‘Designer’ Name

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“Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania,” is the title of an outstanding book by New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni.

After researching higher education in the United States, Bruni discovers and shares anecdotes of students who did not get into their first-choice colleges, and were better off as a result. His conclusion is uplifting.

Today, in our country, there are an amazing number of strong education opportunities that will serve students well. Yet students and parents spend too much time, money, and effort, coupled with stress and tears, seeking acceptance to the perfect, most-desired school.Continue Reading


Top 10 Reasons to Live Off-Campus for at Least a Year During College

1. Having more freedom. Living off-campus gives you more choice of how many friends you would like to live with. Also you can mostly feel free to decide how to decorate your own room.

2. It’s a better place if you want to invite your friends over. Dorms are apparently not the best places to hang out because they are too small. However, off-campus apartments gives you more space.Continue Reading


A New Experience and the Meaning of Traveling

Annapolis - harbor

I decided to ask my boss for a couple of days off after working at the library for more than a month. So my trip from New York to Washington DC started on Friday afternoon, when I took Peterpan to New York to meet two friends of mine. Although I have been to New York many times before, this is the first time I ever visited this city at night. It was definitely impressive.Continue Reading


Finals, Interviews, and Housing Dilemmas: How I Survived

Horsebarn Hill View

Finals week has always been the most challenging time during every semester for me especially this one. It was definitely challenging for everyone else, but most people I know only needed to prepare for finals and pack up to go home. However it was about dealing with the multi-tasks for me. After knowing that I am not able to live in the same dorm at Alumni which is where I have lived for both my freshman and sophomore year, I decided to live off-campus during junior year. Finding off-campus housing as well as roommates might sound interesting, but that is true only when you have enough time. Continue Reading


Attending the 2015 Spring Career Fair from a Different Aspect

After working for the Daily Campus in the Photo Department, I have started to discover more things that are happening around the campus. About a week before, I found that the 2015 Spring career Fair was going to be on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Student Union Ballroom, so I was required to do the grabs on Thursday during a weekly meeting with the Daily Campus staff to make sure that we could cover this event.  (“Grabs” is whatever events we are photographing for the Daily Campus that are not in the budget.  So we don’t have to cover it, but if I am interested in covering it, I can do it as a “grabs.”)Continue Reading


MSFRM Spring Festival Gala with UConn CSSA

Happy Chinese New Year! Spring Festival is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. Last Friday the MSFRM program joined the UConn CSSA (Chinese Student and Scholar Association) for the UConn 2015 Spring Festival Gala. The free event for UConn students included a buffet, performance from UConn students and scholars, and a lot of fun games and gifts!Continue Reading


Leading Through Tough Times

“If all you’ve got in your toolbox is a hammer, all problems would look like a nail” – Abraham Maslow; quoted General Martin Dempsey during his speech on Leadership at the Geno Auriemma conference.

Martin Dempsey speaks at Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference

There we were, a team of 5 accompanied by the lead for our Financial accelerator program – Prof. Mary Caravella; sitting proudly amidst all the action at the Mohegan Sun convention center listening to General Dempsey share his life experiences on leadership. Continue Reading