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  • Top 5 U.S. destinations to visit this summer

    School is already over – have you planned your summer vacation yet?

    No doubt most of us have spent more time in making summer and travel plans than studying for exams. But if you are more of a  “last minute” person and you still haven’t decided what destinations to visit this summer- take a look at our Top 5 US destinations.

    1. Las Vegas, Nevada

    Las Vegas – the Mecca for movie-making, gambling and unexpected weddings! World famous casinos and hotels, world-class entertainment shows and glittering nightlife – this is just a small part of the wonders that Las Vegas offers to tourists. You will be amazed by the diversity – just in one day you can step back in time to ancient Egypt, travel the canals of Venice, ride a roller coaster through a model of New York City or enjoy the amazing Bellagio Dancing Fountains.

    Visiting Las Vegas is a dream come true for most travelers although it is considered to be quite expensive destination. So it is advisable to do a bit of research to find good hotel deals and special offers if you choose Las Vegas for your summer destination.

    1. Grand Canyon, Arizona

    There is no doubt – Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most spectacular and colorful landscapes. More than 4,000,000 people visit the canyon each year, making it the most visited national park in the United States. You wonder why? Go and see for yourself all the amazing canyons, painted deserts, and interesting volcanic and geological figures carved by the Colorado River. Take one of the Grand Canyon Tours by helicopter, motor coach, water float or even by foot – see this amazing landmark from different perspectives in order to find its entire beauty.

    1. Niagara Falls, NY

    Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls which determine the boundary between USA and Canada. Niagara Falls is one of the favorite attractions for students to visit. Peak season, of course, occurs in the summertime. Take a journey deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and feel the thunder of the water crashing down. The view is more than spectacular daytime and even more beautiful at night – thousands of colored spotlights illuminate Niagara’s Horseshoe and American falls and create worth seeing light show.

    1. Walt Disney World, Orlando – Florida

    Every kid’s dream is to visit Disney World and be part of the magic cartoon world even for a day. And even if you insist you are grown-up now that little child in you may dreams to visit the Disney Resort.

    Disney World in Florida has four unique theme parks to visit.  In the MagicKingdom you can see the popular CinderellaCastle which it is the best place to watch the night fireworks.  EpcotPark will fascinate you with its Future world section and World Showcases area where you can get to know the culture and cuisine of many countries all around the world – France, Japan, Canada, UK, Morocco, etc. without even leaving the resort.  In Disney-MGM Studios you can see interesting behind-the scene looks of popular movies and TV shows. When you get tired, you can relax in the Animal Kingdom with its exotic landscapes and supernatural creatures.

    1. Yosemite National Park, CA

    Are you keen on camping, rock climbing, water sports or other outdoor adventures? Then YosemiteNational Park is the right place for you and 2014 is the perfect time to visit it – the park celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.  Thunderous waterfalls, majestic peaks and breath-taking mountains, grassy meadows beside a bubbling river – the nature wonders here are countless. You can relax under the beautiful shadows of huge thousand-year-old sequoias or go hiking to the beautiful MirrorLake. The possibilities of having fun are so many and the beauty of YosemiteNational Park is simply astonishing.

    Do not hesitate- pack your bags and hit the road to your dreams! No matter where they take you- have an amazing summer!

  • Happy Birthday America!

    John Adams once wrote: Fourth of July “…ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…” and that is exactly what all Americans do, wherever you are in the USA there is bound to be some sort of July 4th celebrations so why not put on your red, white and blue and join in on the fun!

    Top 3 of the most popular Fourth of July traditions

    •  Public Fireworks

    The most popular July 4th tradition is enjoying a local firework display with family and friends. The largest firework  display in the country is held in New York City, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploding every year. But wherever you are in the US you will be able to find a light show close by. Check out your local online resources and newspapers to find our more information.

    • Parades

    Americans love parades and Fourth of July Parades are among the most spectacular. You can see marching bands, antique cars, floats, horses, cheerleaders and military bands, passing by and waving U.S. flags.

    • Picnics

    Americans usually use this national day-off to spend quality time with their family and friends.  Big picnics, beach parties and barbecue gatherings – there are so many possibilities to celebrate the country’s birthday and have so much fun. With this beautiful summer weather – you should definitely plan some outdoors activities.

     

    The Spritax team would love to hear how you spent your July 4th, why not tell us your story and send us a picture.

  • Turn your dreams into your career

    Being an international student in the US means that you have already taken the first step to turning your dreams into a reality.

    Every international student comes to the United States full with dreams and ambitions. Every child has a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. Yours could have been to become a captain of a ship or an astronaut. Maybe it’s a scientist, a doctor, or a lawyer. All this is achievable here in the US and you’re on the right way!

    Pursuing the career you have dreamed of can be exciting yet exhausting, adventurous yet frightening at times. Here are some personal and professional tips to help you turn your dream job into your career.

    I. Personal tips – When it comes to your personal profile you should:

    1. Be ambitious – too much is never enough if you want to work your way up to the top.
    2. Be original – create your own personal style, think outside the box and break the stereotypes – it is always good to surprise your future employer.
    3. Be realistic – it is good to remind yourself how you got to where you are and where on the track exactly you are you at any given moment.
    4. Be patient – We all know well, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
    5. Be professional – It helps you gain and maintain useful contacts and get your work organised.
    6. Be optimistic – pessimism won’t get you anywhere and an uplifting attitude will always brighten your day
    7. Be passionate – this means that you believe in what you’re doing and you know it.
    8. Be confident – stop comparing yourself to others, stand up tall and show the world who you are.
    9. Relay on your talents – focus on what you are good at in order to become the best.
    10. Do what you love – Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. If you’d consider doing it for free you’d consider to get paid for it for sure.

    II. Professional tips – How to become the best:

    1. Get the proper education – taking an extra class or an internship will certainly help you excel.
    2. Work on your resume – any experience is a plus, and it can get you many good references too.
    3. Keep your CV up to date – Do not include anything that is not relevant, out of date or unprofessional.
    4. Make a good impression – an opinion about you is formed based on your appearance, your body language, your manners, and how you are dressed
    5. Make new acquaintances – make relations with people in your field, get to know them and let them get to know you.
    6. Learn more – read new books on your topic, attend a conference or a seminar in order to improve your skills rather than letting your skills or knowledge become outdated.
    7. Take initiatives – be active in making your dreams come true.
    8. Always have a plan – be prepared for everything at any time.
    9. Control your finances – you should get your finances in order, you can’t build your dream job if you can’t pay your bills.
    10. Focus on possibilities and opportunities – don’t miss your chances to succeed.

    And finally – never give up! In order to make it happen you would have to work hard and never stop!

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