admitted to a U.S. college or university and getting an American
visa are the first steps in a major development in your life.
Your preparation for this experience began when you applied
for admission to the school and for the visa.
The next steps take place while you
are still in China. "First Things First" is about
things you can do before leaving China in order to better prepare
yourself for your new life. It is also about things you should
do as soon as possible after arriving in the United States.
"First Things First" contains
much information and many suggestions. You may not be able
to follow all the suggestions because you will be busy. But,
the more you can follow, the better.
The topics in "First Things First" are
- Read Your School's Information
- Practice Your English
- Make Travel Arrangements
- Make Financial Arrangements
- Contact Your School's Chinese
- Obtain Medical, Dental, and Vision Examinations
- Pack Properly
- Arrange for Housing
- Purchase Health and Accident Insurance
- A Pre-departure Checklist
- On Arrival