Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Current Status: Out of the Country

I've been in Sweden working all summer but I'm heading back to Minnesota soon. The semester starts the first week of September. Before that I have some things to do since I'm transferring to a new school:

Document check: I have to go to a meeting at the university and show them that all of my papers are in order.

ISOP: Orientation for international students where I suppose they will talk about how to dress warm in the winter and how to not break the visa rules, something like that.

Transfer orientation: Here you will learn how to register for classes, which I have not been able to do yet since I have to complete all of the above to remove my holds.

Welcome days (optional): I have signed up to a transfer event where I first go to a tailgating meeting and after that a football game.

Skyline of the Day: Glowing in the Sunset

Monday, August 18, 2014

Q&A: How can I move to the USA?

Sanna: Nice to have you back :) Because all the old writings are gone I have to ask was it hard to got licences/greencard to USA ? I have been thinking off moving to USA after finishing my studies here in Finland. Do you have any tips to spear to someone who wants to move in USA? 

Thank you! It's really tough to just move there. Before you even can think about getting a green card you have to get a job that can sponsor a work visa for you. The problem is that even if you find an employer that is willing to pay for the visa, it has to be a job where they can't find an American that can do the same job. So in other words; you have to be really skilled in what you do, or it has to be a job where your Finnish background is a lot of use. Of course there are exceptions, but in general it's really hard to work in the United States. There are some other ways, however. It's easy to get a student visa, if you want to continue with your studies or just try out the American college life. To work as an pair is also an option if you're under 26 years old.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

University of Minnesota

This fall I'm transferring to University of Minnesota, which is the biggest school in Minnesota. Visiting campus is a little like stepping into the world of Hogwarts, with cool buildings everywhere. 51,000 students are enrolled at "the U", like most people in MN call it. The tuition for one semester for me as a non-resident is 9,655 dollars.

The school mascot is a gopher, and you can see him at most games at the campus. I think the sports venues are pretty amazing there. The football stadium is called TCF Bank and the capacity is about 50,000 people. Minnesota Vikings is playing there this season as well since they don't have a stadium right now.

Skyline of the day

The Minneapolis skyline is amazing and it never looks the same. I can't stop looking at it, and now you don't have to either! Since I have so many pictures of it, every now and then I will post one under the title "Skyline of the Day".

Friday, August 15, 2014

Welcome back!

Here I am, once again, and as you can see, things have changed. First of all: I'm blogging in English again. There are different reasons for that (one of them is that I've missed some of my non-Swedish readers). This time it's all about the quality instead of quantity. My plan is to not write so much about my personal life anymore, but more informative. I know, that sounds a little boring but that's my own condition for blogging again, but mostly I'm hoping that this will be a blog for people that want to know more about what it's like to live in the USA as a foreigner, either if you're an American yourself or if you are curious about moving there. My focus is Minnesota and college life. I'm going to a new school now and hopefully you will follow me along the way where I explain how things work and a Swede's point of view.