I’ve spent the last week getting stuff I’ve been postponing in order, paper work, pictures, emails and whatnot. While doing so, I’ve had time to think back and reflect a bit over what has been going on for the last year. Some of these thoughts might be useful for others, so I’ll share them as my form of reflections of things to do/keep in mind.
- First of all – Remember to have fun! Don’t study 24/7.
- Go sailing with MIT Sailing Club – sign up early in the summer to take the license (its free!)
- Use the MIT Sports Facilities to play Tennis, Basket, Swimming, Archery and whatnot.
- Take part in school and campus wide events – connect with other Sloanies outside the MFin program
- Attend C-functions – free food and a lot of fellow Sloanies
- Join the Happy Belly Club for great food events, the Winemakers Club if you want to know more about wine (I think there is such a club) and the Ski and Snowboard Club for going on the greatest ski-trip in end of January and other events/merchandise.
- Check out www.sloangear.com if you want a nice MIT Sloan Jacket.
- Explore the area – take weekendtrips to Main/Vermont/New York. I’m sure there are people that want to go on trips with you!
- Have an idea? Take initiative and be the organizer of events. Go skydiving, play paintball, or do a painting class - be creative, have fun!
- Ask questions – others are probably thinking the same and would probably benefit from hearing the answer.
- Don’t take things for granted – MFin ans Sloan has so many different cultures, what is normal in your mind might be very abnormal in the mind of somebody else.
- Learn from your fellow classmates/Sloanies – what better way to gain insight into the culture and life in another country than asking somebody from the country.
- Is your Spanish/French/German/Japanese/Urdu getting rusty? Ask a classmate to help you get back on track – setup your own “Language Learning Café” where people can exchange their languages.
- Get a State ID/License as soon as you can. Massachusetts requires ID everywhere and no need to carry around your passport. Expect a bit of a wait at the Social Security Office and MassDOT RMV, bring a book for the wait.
- Get a “proof of birthday” from the MIT Registrars Office where you ask for an enrolments certificate with your birthday on.
- "Proof of Residency" can be a recent bank statement with your Mass. address on it or your lease (MIT Housing can also supply such certificate).
- Passport is your "proof of signature".
- Bring your I20/DS2019 and a print of your I-94 form from online.
- Verify online that you have everything you need.
- Remember all the necessary papers!
- Get a Social Security Denial letter from the office near North Station (or wait for the on-campus even in September).
- Get the State ID/License from the MassDOT RMV near Chinatown Station.
Again, enjoy your time as an MFin, remember to relax, have fun and enjoy your stay – if you do taking classes, passing exams, studying and potentially searching for jobs should follow without much trouble.
Best of luck to everybody.