ISO Newsletter
November 16, 2018
Volume 4, Issue 3
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Fall view of Walker Memorial
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In this newsletter:

Traveling outside the US for Thanksgiving/winter break?

Travel Signature Day is Mon, 12/10. Stop by E19-202 with your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 and get a travel signature "on the spot" (immediately)!  See the ISO webpage on entering U.S. borders for detailed  information about returning to the US and what documents you should carry with you upon entry (Note: It typically takes 2 business days to process travel signatures at the ISO).

ISO Closed for Thanksgiving break

ISO, and most MIT offices, will be closed on November 22-23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The ISO will re-open on Monday, November 26 at 9:00am.

Employment session required for OPT/CPT authorization

Sign up for a weekly session on iMIT to find out about off-campus work options. Plan 4 to 6 months ahead!
Learn more about off-campus work options on our website.
Culture Corner

Share your Confusion about American Culture

The ISO would like to hear from you! What are some confusing or surprising phrases or aspects of American culture that you would like explained?

Please fill out this google FORM and let us know your thoughts. We may feature these in a future "Culture Thursday" post on Facebook!  

Check out our Culture Thursday Facebook post from November 15 to find out more about why and how Americans celebrate "Thanksgiving" and the more recent "Friendsgiving"!

(Organize a "Friendsgiving" potluck dinner with friends next week...)
Upcoming Events

ISO Events

Navigating MIT Series - Cheat Sleep: Nov 30 (F), 12pm-1:30pm; RSVP
First Friday Coffee Hour -  Dec 7 (F), 10am-11am
ISO Travel Signature Day: Dec 10 (M), 10am-3pm

MIT Resources

Searching for anything MIT? Start here first!
MIT Resources Highlight

MIT Student Mental Health & Counseling Services

Mental health and counseling services provided at MIT Medical are included with tuition.
Visits to MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services are available to registered MIT students with no copay or other additional costs. These services are included in your Institute fees; your health insurance will not be billed.

Free counseling sessions at MIT Medical (precisely 12 in a year)
Can be used to deal with any kind of stress: coursework, peers, advisor!

Graduate Personal Support (GPS)
 Office of Graduate Education (OGE) provides advice and counsel on a variety of issues including faculty/student relationships, changing your advisor, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, and a student’s rights and responsibilities.
More details on OGE website


Board Games with ET- Nov 18 (Su)
Mondays in the Chapel: Gratitude- Nov 19 (M), 12:30pm-1pm
Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction- Nov 23 (F), 1-4pm
Taste of Belgium- Nov 27 (T), 7pm-9pm, Morss Hall

LCE Lunch- Nov 28 (W); Read recent student article about LCE
Decorate MIT for the Holidays; MIT Women's League
- Nov 28 (W), 9am-12noon
Koru Mindfulness- Nov 28 (W), 6pm-7:30pm
IdentityX Series: Navigating Identities Abroad- Nov 29 (R); RSVP
Winterfest- Nov 29 (R), 3:30pm-5pm
Culture & Communication- Nov 29 (R), 4pm-5:30pm
The Language of Civic Life: Past to Present- Nov 29 (R), 5pm-6:30pm
Muslims Students Association Fall Dinner- Dec 2 (Su), 6-8:30pm

Always check the MIT Events Calendar or the MIT mobile app to find out what's happening on-campus!

Past ISO Events

LCE Lunch (11/15) Recent student article about Language Conversation Exchange
Navigating MIT: Budgeting (11/06) with OGE
Halloween@ISO (10/31)
Navigating MIT: Preparing for Winter (10/29) Presentation slides here
International Support Lunch Break (10/26) with Mental Health & Counseling
Canadian Thanksgiving@ISO (10/17)


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