I feel like I am laid back, but I think half the time my brain says ‘no’. After the stress of the grueling process of MBA applications, I find myself somewhat stump. Nobody told me about the post-application worries. What’s the process of moving? What am I supposed to do with my visa? The school’s to-do list is so long but are they even enough?!
Honestly, I don’t want myself to panic post-application but now I am going full blown burnout. However, I don’t want to say it’s tough but there are a good amount of things you are supposed to do before school starts (dependent on which schools you are joining). First of all, it might be a bit of a rant on my side, but dear god the to-do list due dates and start dates for my school is horrendous. Being a perfectionist, I find it utterly annoying not being able to check things off as fast as possible and you do not even get notified on it! What the hell! Alright, enough about me babbling and on with what’s needed to be done. Cool cool cool cool cool… cool. In this post, I’ll outline what I will be writing about (getting ready) with links to future posts on the issues.
There’s a ton of things to do but the most important thing is getting one’s butt to the school’s location. As an international student, I need to secure myself a F-1 visa and housing. F-1 visa is not much of a problem as long as you have the trusted i-20 with you. This lovely document should be secured fast post-applications so that the US visa stamp can be neatly on your passport.
Pro-tip: if you are considering visits to Canada and you are an international student, apply for the Canadian visa in your country. According to other Kellogg students, it is very tough and slow to get the Canadian visa approved. A student I knew waited 6 weeks and he would have waited longer if he didn’t send in a case for expediting the process!
Once you know you can get into the country, now it’s time to know where you’ll be living. The housing you choose will be pretty much up to your preference. (Same goes with finding roommates). I believe that the majority of the lease term will settle around 10/12/22 months. Choose wisely. Each lease term comes with its own pros and cons. For me, I chose the 12 month lease plus living alone. I need to blow some steam off before having someone live with me and I hope by my second year I’ll have friends (please) and roommates who I can hang out. Who knew you gotta get insurances and pay administrative fees? Man, I find things in the US super new.
Quitting your job would be what’s next on your menu of things to do plus getting a plane ticket to your school. Planning trips is the best or the worst part of someone’s activity. Mines rest in the middle as I’ve sloshed on things I know I wanna slosh. Try to find cheap plane tics as it’s just a short travel (depending on where you are, I’m like 22 hours away so I can’t really get any cheaper tics). Expedia and Kayak are great websites you can check out for cheap plane tics. Booking.com or hostelworld.com for places to stay before you can move-in.
4. Money, Banking, and Finance
I took a class on this and I believe I got an A. I have since returned my knowledge from that class to my teacher and it just really sucks. For international student, wiring money to the right banks is one of the things you need to be aware of. International credit card accrues surcharge on the exchange ranges. My bank goes at 2.5% so it’s best for me to find a card in the states. More info on bank accounts and card choices here. I hope I can come back and update on this real quick. Honestly, there are no guides!