Discontents

I drove through Charlottesville, Virginia a couple of summers ago on my way back from New York. It was a serene afternoon, and I had not set foot on Jefferson’s campus in over 30 years. The Rotunda was caged in scaffolding, unfortunately, but I enjoyed meandering around the semi-vacant grounds, peering into Poe’s old dorm …

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Help Wanted

Touching down in Chicago for several hours after two weeks in the Russian hinterlands, my wife and I were finally able to access reliable internet and check our voice messages. Among my voicemails was a ten-day-old invitation to a phone interview for an international student advisor position at one of the bigger local HEIs. To …

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Ending En Saga

As of today, Finnish university education will no longer be free for non-EU students. The long-dreaded regulation (actually passed by Finland’s parliament over 18 months ago) comes to at least €1,500 ($1,634) in yearly tuition for those pursuing undergraduate or Master’s degrees. Don’t get too excited by the low figure: according to Masters Portal, the …

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Diversions

"I shall not need here mention swimming when he is of an age able to learn and has anyone to teach him. 'Tis that saves many a man's life: and the Romans thought it so necessary that they ranked it with letters; and it was the common phrase to mark one ill educated and good …

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Young, Gifted, and Cleared By State

It took less than a week for the Gambian Robot Team to break the State Department’s blockade and get the students the visas they need to attend the FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Washington, D.C. I was probably not alone in initially assuming that the whole affair could be blamed on Trump. However, I was …

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Old Schools

Reading Jude the Obscure and The Education of Henry Adams for the first time since college, I’ve struggled to reconstruct what it was that once captivated me about these books. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) and Henry Adams (1838-1918) were exact contemporaries, and the writing and/or publication of what amounted to the authors’ respective swan songs (in …

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Enmity at the Gates

It’s a fair bet that any foreign national conducting business with USCIS these days expects the unexpected. Knowing many of them personally, I have found myself quizzed for insights, and sometimes something just short of predictions. But while the Supreme Court’s modified stay of the Trump travel ban this week probably could have been anticipated, …

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