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To help readers get an even better idea of what it is like for kids to “parachute” into a US school without their parents, we’ve made a quick video game to highlight their struggles. See if you can keep your grades up, stay happy and still get into that elite college!

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John Osborn D’Agostino is an Oakland-based data journalist, front-end developer and game designer. He’s passionate about serious games, data visualization and open government. His dream is to make...

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