Coming to America — for college

Paola Daza moved in 2011 from Bogotá, Colombia, to Washington, D.C., to start graduate school at American University. She had attended college in Colombia and was prepared to face various cultural changes — traveling on a new public transportation system, eating new foods — when she came to America. Another major change was specific to being…

Profiling Carley Berlin

It was the day that Carley Berlin had been waiting for. Finally, Hillcrest Middle School was hosting its annual career fair. Berlin’s heart raced at the sight of her once- plain cafeteria that was now filled with unusually businesslike students and presentation boards that listed their dream jobs. Finally, after a long line of speakers, Lesley…

Profiling Anne Snabes

Standing on a stage, Anne Snabes reaches into a bag filled with questions and pulls one out. She has one minute to contemplate her answer and form a coherent response. Many students would be paralyzed with fear with this exercise. But Snabes thrives on this kind of impromptu challenge. Since 6th grade, Snabes has taken part…

Profiling Becca Allen

Three years ago, Becca Allen’s world changed. Living in the small town of Holly Springs, N.C.,with not a lot of activities, Allen attended a book signing at Barnes & Noble by one of her favorite authors, Sarah Dessen, a young adult novelist and freelance newspaper journalist.  Allen said she was inspired by Dessens’ ability to…

Studying abroad? Take tips from these experts, alums

Studying abroad is a popular option for college students seeking a new experience. At American University, for instance, there are 150 different types of programs across the world. Roughly 1,000 students take part in the program every year. Wondering what to expect when studying abroad? Read on. Brita Doyle, a study abroad adviser at American,…

Finding alone time a challenge during the whirlwind NSLC program

For students attending the National Student Leadership Conference at American University, free time is a rarity. With a jam-packed schedule full of leadership activities, communication courses and field trips to historic Washington D.C. spots, students are almost always doing something. Despite the busy schedule, students manage to find a few minutes everyday to unwind. Many…

International students find a temporary home at NSLC

Samson Wang, a 16-year-old from Shanghai, China, is considering coming to the United States for college. He already has a leg up: His international high school prepares students to take the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Wang wanted to experience life on an American college campus. This summer, he got that chance at the…

News, sports classes produce website and standups

Field trips capped the Discover the World of Communication/NSLC programs for students in two classes — Professional Newswriting and Sportswriting and Broadcasting. News students visited the San Francisco Chronicle, where students learned about the history of the paper from Jennifer Blot, assistant to the executive editor and vice president. Blot talked about how two teenage…

Berkeley’s market offers community

BERKELEY, Calif. — For 20 years, Berkeley’s Farmers’ Markets have been providing fresh produce, locally grown, offering a wide variety — from edible flowers to homemade crepes to strawberries, peaches and an assortment of meats, cheese and bread. Every Saturday at Center and Martin Luther King streets, families, musicians and even jugglers make the trip to the market…

Farmers’ market: Not just for produce

BERKELEY, Calif. — The latest craze of consuming fresh food from local markets is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, and Berkeley is no exception. The organic lifestyle is appealing to larger crowds, making farmers busy, if not overwhelmed. Not only is the quality of the produce, fish and bakery items attracting new fans, but the local farms make it a trusted way of…