Lauren Monsen

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.
Students at graduation ceremony (© AP Images)

Can you afford a U.S. education? International students get financial aid...

On January 21 at 6 a.m. EST (11:00 UTC), join a live global webchat about how to finance your studies in the United States....
Girl uses apps for English learners on her mobile phone

The world of English in the palm of your hand. These...

Whether you already speak English or are just starting out, you’ve probably got a powerful tool to help you reach the next level: the apps on your phone.

‘We have to be in this fight together’: An American Muslim...

An American Muslim diplomat discusses his views on immigration, #beingAmerican, combating terrorism, and his experiences.