- Get your schedule: Ensure that you enroll early into the classes that you want to take for the upcoming Spring semester.
- Get ready: Once you have registered for classes, check to see if the syllabus is posted and get a head start on any necessary readings, course works or books that you need.
- Get insurance: New semester means new insurance coverage. If you haven’t purchased your ISO insurance coverage for the Spring semester, check out the plans that we have for your school online today- www.isoa.org
After a busy Fall semester, relaxing and resting are usually at the top of the list to do during the holiday break. Throughout your much needed break, there are the 3 G’s that you should keep in mind to avoid unnecessary stress.
Brr! It’s December and that means that winter officially starts this month. With this drastic change in weather conditions, here are some tips on how to survive this winter especially if it’s your first winter:
It’s all about the warmth: Dressing properly ensures that we stay warm and helps protect our immune system. Ensure that you wear your clothes in loose layers as it helps to trap your body heat. Also invest in a good pair of gloves, coat, scarves and hats. This helps to lessen the chances of getting the flu or hypothermia.
Protect yourself: Along with dressing properly during the winter, taking your daily vitamins, eating healthy and washing your hands play a big role in lessening your chances of getting the cold, flu and other winter related sicknesses.
Be careful in the snow: If it’s your first time seeing and feeling snow, it can leave you in awe. While pretty to look at, it can be hazardous especially while driving. Pay attention to weather alerts as they can help you prepare how well and safely you travel.
Warmest Wishes from ISO Family!
As the year comes to a close, we at ISO would like to extend warmest holiday greetings and success for the new year. We appreciate and value the support throughout this past year and we are ready to continue serving the international student community throughout 2017. Stay warm, stay safe and most of all, stay healthy.
The holiday season is in full swing! Just as how the international student population is diverse so are the different ways the holidays are celebrated. Here’s a quick look on how some different cultures celebrate the festive season:
United States of America: The USA is the home to a melting pot of cultures which extends itself to the diverse holidays that are celebrated at this time of the year. These holidays include Christmas, Kwanzaa (celebration of the African heritage in African-American culture) and Hanukkah (Jewish festival of lights).
Omisoka (Japan): This is celebrated the day before the New Year. Noodles are often eaten as "a sign of long life" and crossing from one year to the next. Those who celebrate tend to go to shrines or temples and drink Amazake.
Ta Chiu (Hong Kong): This involves praying to the god or gods of their ancestors and asking for their wishes to be fulfilled within the coming year.
St. Stephen's Day/ Wren Day (Ireland): On December 26, children go door to door singing, holding with holly bush and a fake wren (song bird). They ask for money for the “starving wren”.
Sviata Vechera (Ukraine): Also known as “Holy Supper”, this celebratory dinner includes 12 dishes that represent the 12 apostles. There is no meat or milk products but fish is included in the dinner.