Pumpkin Spice and Starbucks

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  What is pumpkin spice and why is it so popular in the United States around this time of year? Pumpkin spice is actually a mixture of several different spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. It has been used since the late 1790s to make a variety of sweet pies. Now it is one […]

Father’s Day

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Father’s Day in the United States is coming up soon!  Every June people say thank you to their fathers and father-like figures and celebrate paternal bonds.  This day is similar to Mother’s Day and usually involves treating your father to a special meal or a present and card. This year Father’s Day is June 19th. […]

How to Survive Culture Shock

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Culture shock (noun): a feeling of confusion, doubt, or nervousness caused by being in a place (such as a foreign country) that is very different from what you are used to. Living in another country as an international student can be exciting, fun, and life-changing.  But it can also be stressful and produce feelings of […]

Mother’s Day

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The United States recognizes Mother’s Day in the beginning of May each year.  This year it is on May 8th.  Mother’s Day is for celebrating the mother of the family, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.  Many people buy a special gift like flowers or jewelry for their mothers or take them […]

How to Find Housing in San Francisco

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This post was written by one of our own students, Filipe Daltro Minho.  Read on to see his helpful suggestions for finding a place to live in San Francisco! Finding a place to live is pretty hard, especially if you are looking to live in San Francisco.  The city is only about 46 square miles and […]

Here Comes the Easter Bunny

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Have you seen a lot of pastel colors and special candy in stores recently?  That’s because it’s Easter season!  Easter is celebrated in the United States as a religious and cultural holiday.  In Christianity it is the day Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead.  It might have started with Paganism, with the origin of it coming […]

Sports Day 2016

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Kicking off the spring season, IIC hosted its annual Sports Day on March 16th.  Students and staff participated in volleyball, soccer, and egg and spoon races and chowed down on delicious goodies with a potluck picnic.  The winning teams were awarded chocolate bunny medals! key words and phrases annual:  something that happens once a year […]