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President Obama wearing academic robe at podium, gesturing (© AP Images)

For college grads, a few words of advice

President Obama and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were among the speakers who spoke to graduating college students this year.
Silhouette of man standing near water in sunset (© Latif Abdul)

In 5 winning photos, these students capture their U.S. experience

Students studying in the U.S. from abroad captured their experiences, personalities and friendships for a photo contest, Here are the winners.
Girl dressed in long white dress and headscarf standing against wall (Courtesy of Zarifeh Shalabi)

A California school chooses a prom queen, and inclusion

To show their support for a Muslim friend and their stance against racism, a group of students at Summit High School nominated her as prom queen. She won.
Ayad Akhtar sitting with hands folded on table (© Nina Subin)

American playwright explores his Muslim roots

Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Ayad Akhtar first struggled to find success, then found his voice by incorporating his religion into his work.
Two young women running down flight of steps (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Ready for a daytrip? We’ll bring the math.

Math and leisure don't always go hand-in-hand, but these students have calculated the best way to see U.S. sights in a short amount of time.
College students holding up two flags (Courtesy of Middlebury College)

Love languages? Many U.S. colleges will help you learn a new...

In North America, college students can live in language houses on campus. This immersive language learning also provides insight into other cultures.
Woman holding glass beaker of cement and standing in front of display poster (U.S. Dept. of Education)

When it comes to applying to colleges, this teen is in...

Ivy League schools are some of the most prestigious and selective in the U.S., and she got into all eight of them. Here's her reaction and how she did it.
Colorful but damaged building (© AP Images)

One year later: Nepali earthquake recovery moves forward [video]

Rebuilding after a natural disaster can take years — but innovation is pointing the way forward in Nepal 12 months after a huge earthquake.
Counterfeit shoes on display (Ian Law/Shutterstock)

Nice kicks. But what if they were made by a slave?

If you’re interested in buying a designer handbag for a fraction of the price, you’re not alone. But the hidden costs of counterfeit goods are staggering.