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Welcome! This Podcast is for you...yes YOU! The undecided individual living outside the USA, the confused and curious college student living in the USA, and yes even the distraught working class adult navigating the peaks and valleys of working in a foreign country. The L&SDistrict is for us all, the community of international students who make the bold move to relocate to the USA in search of better education and opportunities. This Podcast is hosted by two different, yet complementary wome ...
 
AJ Marks and Megan Sola-Guinto are two American musicians living in England who host a biweekly podcast with a variety of local and international guests to discuss the cultural and linguistic differences between the U.S. and the U.K. From explaining slang to debunking various misconceptions, Americans and Britons alike can tune in to hear fresh perspectives on what the other countries are like. Email your questions, corrections and stereotypes to AIAhosts@gmail.com and follow AJ and Megan on ...
 
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Financial Knowledge is very important in the life of every individual, and as International Students it is extremely important to know what you can and cannot do when it comes to your finances, using credit cards, and so much more. We caught up with The Rich Immigrant, for the second part of our conversation, to learn a couple of tips on using cred…
 
Wooo, part 2 has arrived, folks! It's our season finale, and it's round 2 of this 2-part finale, and we are joined once again by Bronnie and Chris Mitchell! We're seeing double, and if you want a bit more deja vu, check out Part 1 as a refresher or dive right in to decide for yourself who is more literal when it comes to the English language: the U…
 
On this week's episode, we speak with Dee Olateru, also known as the founder of the Rich Immigrant; a platform that exists to position aspiring immigrants, 1st and 2nd generation immigrants to attain financial independence, and live fully. She is a 3-time immigrant, an executive at a large global firm, a recovering procrastinator, a travel blogger.…
 
It's our season finale, y'all! Joining us to debate, diss, and dissect the English language in this first round of our 2-part finale are Bronnie and Chris Mitchell of the band, Bronnie! This episode is inspired by/in retaliation to Michael McIntyre's "Simplifying English for The Americans" comedy bit. Tune in to this first part to decide for yourse…
 
On Episode 3, we sat down with the Author of The International Student Handbook. Sammy Hejazi is an International Student Advocate who has had the opportunity to work with a lot of International Students. As a former International Student, His mission is to Inspire successful professionals in the U.S. to become International Student advocates; to m…
 
Megan and AJ talk British phrases with Tom and Ben of Liverpool Arts Bar in this hilarious episode. Our advice: try not to call yourself a nonce or a spanner. You can follow Liverpool Arts Bar at @liverpoolartsbar, at www.liverpoolartsbar.com or by listening to the Arts Bar Podcast. AJ can be found at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on …
 
On our 2nd episode we speak with an Immigration Attorney who started out as an International Student. We learn about her InternationalStudent Journey and so much more. • More about Dobrina’s practice https://ustunlawgroup.com/ • Visit our website https://www.thelsdistrict.com/ • Schedule a consultation session with us https://calendly.com/thelsdist…
 
We're finally discussing TV and Movies with the amazing Rachelle Diedericks! Wild Child, Naked Attraction and NCIS just scratch the surface. You can follow Rachelle at @snackingwithrachelle, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platforms. Feel free to send over your questions/comments/favourite films to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM…
 
To discuss the musical differences between the US and the UK, Megan and AJ sit down with a Grammy Award-winning producer known for his work with Rihanna and Sia, Aamir Yaqub! In this episode they discuss grime, the UK's love for groups, and will.i.am! You can follow Aamir at @aamirmusic, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all plat…
 
Megan and AJ have yet another guest that straddles the Atlantic ocean, actor and podcaster Adam Unze, of Spark Parade! Today we cover all the classic words that have a different meaning in the US than in the UK, including fanny, casualty and rubber! You can follow Adam at @sparkparade, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platfo…
 
"The holiday season is not only for rejoicing but one of reflection" On our final bonus episode for 2020, we decided to sit down with the founder of @soweheal , an instagram virtual community about mental wellness, and self worth for the WOC looking to heal and connect, Fatuma Dzilala(4th year Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology) As global stud…
 
The Idiots are back at it again, this time with two content creators for Buzzfeed UK, Jeff Thurm and Tom Alex Helm. This is the only podcast where you can learn all about Megan's disdain for AJ's taste in candy, Tom's love for digestives, and Jeff's war on sprinkles. You can follow Tom at @tomalexhelm, Jeff at @_jeffthurm_, Megan at @iamsolamusic a…
 
This special bonus episode is a conversation we had with Maria Khalil, a global student from The L&S District Family. With Thanksgiving just a day away, we shared some things we're thankful for even in the midst of a global pandemic; what we have planned for this year's thanksgiving, and what we really know about this holiday! https://forms.gle/Nsq…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Disco in Black Country Disco, with our musical guide: Tom Aspaul, a songwriter whose credits include Kylie Minogue, MNEK, AlunaGeorge and more. What's the difference between British pop and Britpop? Who sings with their British accent? How do American approach songwriting differently? Only one way to find…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Black Country in Black Country Disco, with our tour guide: songwriter Tom Aspaul from Wolverhampton. Tom walks us through the geographical inspiration for his new album, Megan is jed with laughter, and AJ cor believe this is ayn made up. You can follow Tom at @tom_aspaul, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at…
 
We're back with Freddie Long to air out our British grievances and discuss MORE British slang (there is still so much)! You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. The song played in this episode is "The Nowhere Times" by Freddie Long. Send us your questions/comments…
 
The AIA crew are joined by faux slang expert Freddie Long to chat about British slang from a southern perspective. Megan shares a minging tale, AJ discovers the meaning of his nickname, and Freddie shells out bare jokes. You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played…
 
AJ and Megan team up with Matt Bankhurst for the first ever AIA Sportscast. Don't worry, it's a normal episode, but it's just about sports. Specifically, cricket, rugby, baseball, American football, and s****r. You can follow Matt's band at @primylvinyl and the hosts @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played in this epis…
 
Happy freshers! But since y'all can't go out this year due to the pandemic, Megan and AJ are bringing the party straight to you! It's a pub quiz, a drinking game, it's American Idiots Abroad! Your DJ and bartender for the night will be none other than AmyElle. You can find her socials using the handle @amyelleDJ, AJ by searching for @ajmarksofficia…
 
We're back with Guinness World Records Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday to discuss Scottish rhyming slang and dialect. You can follow Craig at @craigglenday, Guinness World Records at @GWR, and @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. Send us your questions/comments/Lorraine Kelly fanfic to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM us on our …
 
On our final episode, we interviewed two amazing Engineers! These guys really shared a lot of information on their individual journeys; how they came here, why, and how the experience has been for them as well. All the way from Florida to New York to Pennsylvania to Atlanta, these guys have had quite the journey. We thoroughly enjoyed this conversa…
 
Holy haggis! It's a new episode of American Idiots Abroad, hosted by aforementioned American idiots Megan and AJ. But there's a Scottish twist! Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday is here to make the podcast less sucky with his Scottish wisdom and that! On this episode, we talk about dinosaur vomit, giggle at the word bahoochie,…
 
On Episode 6, we had a conversation with a Chemical Engineering Senior based in Cincinnati, A Biology-Psychology Student based in Illinois, Chicago and a Medical Student on rotations in Chicago. We caught up with these amazing global students, to touch base with them, and find out how they are coping with COVID-19 changes to their graduation and/or…
 
Everyone spray "cheese!" It's another episode about food, with special guest Izzy Engler. Americans can learn all about the grape of the UK while Britons need some education on corndogs and PopTarts. You can follow Izzy at @izzy_millie and your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. The song played in this episode is "Sugar Honey Spice" by Wi…
 
On Episode 5, we breakdown our tagline "Gems for the global student". Are you a global student? Join us, as we discuss what it means to be a global student, what qualities one must possess in order to be considered a global student. We take a deep dive into our individual journeys and reflect on what tools, and what experiences pushed us to become …
 
Once again, we tackle the art of American slang with our friend and fellow idiot abroad Nigel Sand! In this episode, AJ discovers that his quesadillas are "hard" and "cold", Megan advocates for "legitly", the origin of "dude" is unearthed, and more! You can follow Nigel at @sensei_sand and retweet your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. T…
 
On Episode 4: We briefly discuss what we are unlearning. We break down the biggest opportunities to work in the US: OPT, CPT(CoOps/internships), STEM Extension. It's probably every international students most stressful time after college. The process of interviewing, job hunting, getting rejections, job offers etc. We all go through it but there's …
 
Megan and AJ finally sit down with videographers James Amos and Freddy Williams of Casa to debate the word pavement, the right side of the road vs. the correct side, what your car says about you, and more. Listen to AJ get worked up over the price of British vehicles and Megan audibly shiver upon the mere mention of a roundabout. You can follow Cas…
 
Thinking of going on springbreak? Do it on a budget! Don't be the last minute friend to join the crew! Buy your tickets in advance! Don't be the cheap friend or the friend that takes 3hours to get ready! Be safe and have fun because that's what spring break is all about! We want to know what you did/ plan to do on your springbreak. Leave us a comme…
 
In the most tangent-filled episode yet, a pro-clockwise Megan and her rotting bread of a co-host (also known as AJ) discuss alternates. Joined by fan favorite guest MildaMay, we learn what squirty cream is, Mathilda's least favorite song, and why a northern biff is different from a southern biff. You can follow MildaMay at @mildamaymusic and your h…
 
On Episode 2 of TheLSDistrict, we discuss next steps... You've landed in the US, from the customs desk to campus housing,what you need to know! We discuss the importance of having your International Office's contact info on speed dial, incase any questions pop up at the border. Do you know the differences between living on campus and off campus...w…
 
We're back with Season 2! In this episode, Megan and AJ pick apart the differences in American and British phrasing, sentence structure and grammar, with a little help from quarantined guests Wes "Not Like The Other Brits" Russell and Jack "And Here's the Thing" McGaughey of the jazz fusion band DADDY. You can follow DADDY at @we_are_daddy to watch…
 
This is an introduction to L&S’s journey into America. This episode explores the different steps that one has to take before finally stepping foot on American soil. We discuss our different experiences around the questions, "Why did you move to America, and how did you go about that process of applying till you showed up on to your first day of cla…
 
The Podcast every Global Student needs is here!!! Welcome to TheLSDistrict, hosted by your girls Lilian and Sharon. Step Into TheLSDistrict is a quick sneak peek of what we have in store for you all this season. So sit tight and listen with a hot cup of tea, cos we’re spilling it all for our Global Students. So tune in as we dish and spill on all t…
 
Meet Bruce Dayton, Imraan Buccus, and Goran Jovanovic, SIT Graduate Institute's Global Master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations faculty. Listen in as they share highlights from the program, as well as how it will help prepare you for a career in international, regional, and global affairs; diplomacy; or the Foreign Service.…
 
In the Season 1 finale of American Idiots Abroad, Megan and AJ invite legendary bassist Mo Pleasure to help them describe the differences in a British household. Mo has worked with everyone from Janet and Michael Jackson to Earth, Wind & Fire to Bette Midler to Christina Aguilera (to Sola) and many, many mo! Find out what's literally blowing up his…
 
AJ Marks and Yo Girl Megan are pleased to welcome YouTuber, absolute legend and self-confessed naughty boy Korean Billy to the Idiots Abroad family! With accents for days, Billy describes his transition from learning American English to British English and joins AJ in guessing some cockney rhyming slang! Go check out Korean Billy's videos on YouTub…
 
In this episode, Megan and AJ interview Lauren Amour, fresh off the the plane from her trip to America, about her misconceptions of the US. Tune in for a discussion about everything from prolific songwriter Dr. Who to Chili's to vegan corn dogs. Find out how much Megan paid for a vodka cranberry, who the members of the illuminati are, and if AJ own…
 
This week, Megan and AJ are joined by two fellow American Idiots Abroad, former Disney Channel star Meaghan Martin and theatre director Lydia Parker, to discuss their initial misconceptions of the UK before they moved to London. Featuring the most mid-Atlantic accents you've ever heard on a podcast, find out about the Steve Buschemi test, what Meag…
 
Fashion icon, Hollyoaks actress and podcast host Jess Ellis joins Megan and AJ to discuss how the hairstyles, makeup and clothes of Americans and Britons sets them apart. Listen to find out what a ket wig is, why Jess likes being on "Worst Dressed" lists and what three colours AJ always wears. You can listen to more of our guest on her podcast, Dil…
 
In our most educational episode yet, we discuss... education. With the help of pop/punk singer Bronnie, we breakdown the school system of the US and the UK (surprisingly one of the first questions Americans are asked overseas). We have college; they have university. We have the common app; they have UCAS. We have schoolbus; they do not have schoolb…
 
Let the debates begin as Megan and AJ cover things that the US and UK both have different words for. Together, with Cameron and Connor Cockbain of The Post Romantics and special guest, Liv the mathematics expert, they explore which words are better suited for the thing that they're describing. Starjumps vs. Jumping Jacks, Queue vs. Line, Hair Tie v…
 
Megan and AJ are excited to have self-described avid listener MildaMay (personally known as Mathilda Riley) as the guest for this special birthday episode of the podcast. In honor of Megan's special day, we discuss the quintessential British birthday and other country-exclusive holidays. Our American listeners will find out why the innocent-soundin…
 
In this episode of American Idiots Abroad, Megan and AJ discuss various restaurants and food with songwriter and producer Cameron Warren and test out how well he knows the American equivilents. The difference between English mustard and American mustard is shocking! Crab rangoon is a thing! Chippies serve Chinese food apparently! Also catch a snipp…
 
2019 SIT commencement speaker Meghan Audette is an alumna of SIT Graduate Institute and deputy director for programs at the West Bank Field Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Audette completed her MA in sustainable development at SIT in 2004, and holds a BA in world history and English literature fr…
 
Our tenth episode! Double digits baby!! This episode features the wonderful Madeleine Wood AKA Mad Wood AKA Mick Wood. What is Venmo? What are pence? Is Tekashi 6ix9ine secretly an Australian woman? Tune in to hear us answer all these questions and provide unprompted comparisons between British currency and American currency. The songs featured in …
 
Professor Elka Todeva discusses and illustrates the new concentration in SIT's MA in TESOL program. A native of Bulgaria, Elka has published works that include The Multiple Realities of Multilingualism: Personal Narratives and Researchers’ Perspectives, three ESL textbooks, two English dictionaries, and numerous articles on language acquisition and…
 
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