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Olympic Gold Medalist Goes From Big Leagues to Ivy League

FILE - women's halfpipe gold medalist Chloe Kim, of the United States, poses during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2018.
FILE - women's halfpipe gold medalist Chloe Kim, of the United States, poses during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2018.

Chloe Kim is fast, brave and gifted. The snowboarding champion became the youngest woman, at 17, to win an Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe competition in last year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Beginning next term, Kim, who grew up in California, will join Princeton University’s Class of 2023.

Kim will study sciences at the Ivy League university in New Jersey. And she says she'd like to make it as normal as possible after becoming one of America’s top Olympians, and ESPY Award winner.

While all of this was fun, Kim says she now looks forward to her new challenge - earning a degree from one of America’s top universities. She says she considers her acceptance to Princeton just as much of an honor as earning an Olympic gold medal.

“It’s really crazy because Princeton was my dream school before snowboarding took off,” Kim told the Associated Press. “I just liked the name when I was really young and didn’t know about college or anything. My parents were like, ‘OK, whatever.’ When it really happened, it’s like, ‘Oh ... OK.’ It’s just really exciting.”

She is still deciding what her exact field of study will be at Princeton. But she said it will involve something science-related, possibly chemistry or biology. And she does not plan to put her snowboard away anytime soon. She is attempting to work out a plan that will permit her to keep training while going to classes.

Kim says her sports and educational goals go hand-in-hand.

“It’s all about progressing the sport and also pushing myself,” she said. “To see what I can do, and how far I can go.”

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Learn about religious accommodations in US colleges  

FILE - St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., March 16, 2022.
FILE - St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., March 16, 2022.

From prayer services to housing options and vegetarian meal selections, colleges in the United States offer ways to accommodate students of various faiths.

In U.S. News & World Report,Anayat Durrani explains how you can learn about religious accommodations at colleges and universities. (April 2024)

US community colleges create unique bachelor’s degrees

US community colleges create unique bachelor’s degrees
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In the United States, community colleges traditionally give two-year associate’s degrees and certificates. That is changing as more of these colleges develop bachelor’s degree programs. The higher degree from these schools is making college more accessible and affordable nationally and internationally. Robin Guess reports. Camera: Roy Kim.

Purdue U student from Nicaragua loves soccer and her studies

FILE - The Purdue University Marching Band plays with facemasks in place before the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, May 30, 2021.
FILE - The Purdue University Marching Band plays with facemasks in place before the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, May 30, 2021.

A student from Nicaragua blends academics and athletics to excel at Purdue University in the U.S. state of Indiana.

Andrea Martinez talks about her passion for soccer and her studies here. (April 2024)

Writer offers packing tips for international students

FILE - The UCLA campus on April 25, 2019.
FILE - The UCLA campus on April 25, 2019.

Deciding what to bring to college can be daunting.

A student from Singapore writes about her must-haves as an international student in the U.S.

Read it here. (April 2024)

Siblings flourish at University of Cincinnati

FILE - The University of Cincinnati pep band plays during their spring NCAA college football game, April 2, 2016, in Cincinnati.
FILE - The University of Cincinnati pep band plays during their spring NCAA college football game, April 2, 2016, in Cincinnati.

Two sets of siblings -- on from Kuwait and one from Saudi Arabia -- talk about their experiences as international students at the University of Cincinnati in the U.S. state of Ohio.

Read the story here. (April 2024)

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