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Shelley Blundell, Communication and Information Weronika Kusek , Geography. Transitioning to the american university. Welcome to Kent State!. Congratulations on your decision to pursue higher education in the United States.

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welcome to kent state
Welcome to Kent State!
  • Congratulations on your decision to pursue higher education in the United States.
  • This presentation is aimed at familiarizing you with some basic and unique features of American universities.
  • We will do our best to introduce the independent, open, and self-driven culture of American classrooms, so please feel free to ask questions at any time during our presentation.
  • Mission and vision of Kent State (2013)
your advisor
Your advisor
  • Consult with your dept. for advisor’s name/contact info.
  • Advisors can help you schedule classes and plan your program of study.
  • Keep in touch via email, visiting during office hours, etc.
  • Advisor can serve as a mentor during your studies.
program plan of study
Program/Plan of study
  • Usually developed in first few semesters of graduate study (advisor may help).
  • “Contract” with university.
  • Deadlines are important.
other information sources
Other information sources
  • Ask advisor if there is a departmental listserv and join if one is available.
  • Purpose of Graduate Studies listserv.
  • Consult dept. website for news, course information, assistantship/internship announcements, etc.
in the classroom 1
In the classroom [1]
  • Class policies given in syllabus – familiarize yourself with this document for each class.
  • American teaching styles – often student-centered, discussion-based, interactive.
  • Regular attendance and being on time is key.
  • Feel free to ask questions and express point of view during class time.
in the classroom 2
In the classroom [2]
  • Your opinion is valuable, but be respectful and respect the opinions of others as well.
  • Tone of voice makes a difference.
  • Practice objective/critical writing styles (for assistance, consult professor/classmates/Writing Commons).
class technology
Class technology
  • BlackBoard Learn – online course management software.
  • Online courses: Learn typical, but not necessarily used by all instructors. Check your syllabus.
  • Be sure technology requirements are understood/followed/met on deadline. Ask questions if unsure.
useful campus resources 1
Useful campus resources [1]
  • University Libraries
    • KentLINK and OhioLINK, Inter-library loan
    • Meet with a librarian (research assistance)
  • On-campus vs. online book sellers/renters
  • Career Services
  • IT Services (Helpdesk, Tech Spot, software)
  • PARTA, other transportation services
useful campus resources 2
Useful campus resources [2]
  • Student Support Services
    • Student Legal Services
    • University Health Services
    • Counseling Services
    • Student Life tab on for more
academic honesty
Academic honesty
  • Plagiarism: Claiming someone else’s work/intellectual property as your own.
  • “Accidental” plagiarism: Forgetting to cite or include in references author of work.
  • NOTE: Kent State makes no distinction about plagiarism (accidental vs. non) in terms of sanction and disciplinary action. If you have questions about plagiarism, consult professor.
tutoring course assistance
Tutoring/course assistance
  • Math tutoring and Writing Commons
  • English speaking/writing tutoring available through ESL Center.
  • Other tutoring available (by subject).
  • Ask classmates/professors for assistance.
testing at kent state
Testing at Kent State
  • Testing styles differ by school, department, and courses (depending on style of professor).
  • Different methods of ‘testing’ (outlined in syllabus).
  • Examples of testing.
  • Be prepared, ask questions, seek help when needed.
making friends
Making friends
  • “Friend” Americans or long-time U.S. residents – can help you acclimate while in the United States.
    • Someone you can trust, can ask for help.
    • Keep his/her contact details (phone no., etc.) with you in case of emergencies.
  • Conversation Partners program
  • International Peer Advisor program
  • Kent State International Mentors program
stores international options
Stores/international options
  • H.O.M.E. Market (in Acorn Alley).
  • Haymaker Farmer’s Market.
  • Some grocery stores sell international foodstuffs/products.
  • OGE’s “Spice Run” tours.
  • ACME, WalMart, Aldi, Save-a-Lot.
  • CVS, Walgreens, Drugmart.
recreation options in kent
Recreation options in Kent
  • Student organizations/groups.
  • Recreation and Wellness Center.
  • Community resources – new Esplanade, numerous bars and restaurants, lots of nature activities.
  • University-funded events all year.
  • Graduate Student Senate – Gradfest.
graduate student senate 1
Graduate Student Senate [1]
  • Monthly meetings – open to the public.
  • Supporting body for all graduate students at Kent State.
  • Domestic and international travel grants: International students welcome to apply.
graduate student senate 2
Graduate Student Senate [2]
  • Events
    • Gradfest – usually first Friday of every month.
    • First Fall Gradfest – August 23, 2013.
    • Free pizza and ‘fun’ prizes given!
    • Annual Graduate Research Symposium
      • April 11, 2014
final thoughts comments
Final thoughts/comments
  • Pay attention to OGE updates/news/visa information.
  • Lots to discover at Kent State.
  • Explore Kent’s many wonderful features.
  • Take advantage of opportunities that America has to offer (cheap/convenient travel, etc.).
  • Questions/comments/concerns?

Thank you for attending GSO!

For additional questions, contact:

Shelley Blundell –

WeronikaKusek –