1.      Make photocopies of your passport and visa documents and put them in a safe place.  Bring your passport and your I-20 or DS-2019 to the International Programs and Services office to be copied.


2.      Obtain health insurance: Health insurance is mandatory at Purchase - students must either be covered by the SUNY international policy or through a private insurer.  If you have a private policy, make sure you have coverage information and proof of enrollment in English.  Bring them to International Programs and Services OIPS with the waiver form by the announced deadline to have the SUNY policy and fee waived.


3.      Make friends: There are a number of ways to make new friends on campus.  Join one of the many clubs. Contact your advisor to get in touch with other students of similar interests.  Meet people from your country or region of the world.  Get to know students in your residence hall.  They are all your “survival” friends.  They make life more interesting and enjoyable.


4.      Track your adjustment to Purchase and the United States by keeping a journal, a sketchbook or another visual or auditory Purchase record.


5.      Never give out your credit card number or social security number over the phone or online, unless you know the company is reliable.  There are dishonest companies that look for unsuspecting students.


6.      Your Chair, Director or Academic Advisor will be advising about classes during registration.  It is your responsibility to find course that might be interesting to you or valuable for your major by talking to other professors, advisors and students.  Consult My Purchase course search to find open classes.


7.      Do not try to "overload", (i.e., take too many courses) your first semester.  Concentrate on adjusting and finding out about your physical and academic environment.  The pace of student life in the metropolitan area may be different from where you were before.


8.      When in doubt, double check.  Talk to people you trust.  Ask the International Programs and Services staff, Student Affairs or Residence Life staff, a professor or someone in your department.  Ask and keep asking until you are sure.


9.      Read all materials given to you at least once.  Keep orientation materials in a safe place where you can refer to them when needed.


10.  Get to know the faculty and staff.  Get acquainted with International Programs and Services (OIPS) staff.  If at some point you seek employment, you will need references and it is a good idea to get to know people so that they know you and can recommend you.


11.  Take time for rest and relaxation; these help reduce stress and contribute to your mental and physical well-being.