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During your first few weeks at Meredith, there are many tasks to do and things to learn as you get settled in. The following is a list of some key things to take care of as soon as you can to support your successful transition to life here.

While getting connected to Meredith’s Wi-Fi network will facilitate initial communication upon your arrival, students are encouraged to purchase a new SIM card or local phone to make communication and access to important apps accessible when you are off campus. See an overview of local options recommended by current students.

We hope that our beautiful campus will soon feel like your home away from home, though we realize it may take some time to learn your way around. Try keeping this campus map handy on your phone or grab a hard copy at OIP (see next step).

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is here to welcome and assist you as you get started at Meredith. OIP is also who facilitates the required F-1 immigration check-in. During check-in, we will make copies of your immigration documents, share important information about your immigration status in the U.S. and more. Check-in will be a part of International Orientation, so stay in touch with OIP for details or to make alternate arrangements if needed.

The CamCard is Meredith’s campus ID for students, faculty and staff.  You will need your CamCard in order to access Residence Halls, eat in the dining hall, check out books from the library, etc. Visit the Campus Police Office when they are open (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to get your CamCard.  

If you have any outstanding business tasks, such as paying tuition, registering for classes, completing health requirements, etc., it is best to finish them as soon as possible upon your arrival. Please contact OIP if you have questions about any of these required tasks.

Whether you are living on campus or off, getting familiar with your transportation options is an important step towards feeling comfortable in Raleigh. Learn more about how Meredith students get around

International students are encouraged to open a local bank account to make sure you can get paid if you are working on campus, avoid getting charged international transaction fees, pay local bills, and more. Read more about banking options.

F-1 students are eligible to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week. Students looking for a job are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Assistance’s On-Campus Jobs MyMeredith page to see the latest postings. You can also reach out to specific faculty members or offices to inquire if they are hiring. Review these sample cover letters and resumes to support your application process.

F-1 students who get a job offer to work on campus may apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) 10 days after checking in with OIP.  See SSN application instructions.  

During your time at Meredith, we hope you have time to not only feel at home on campus, but also within the greater community beyond campus. Raleigh has a lot of fun things to do and see. Learn more about opportunities to explore in the ‘Oak City’. 

  1. Establish a good routine. After all the excitement and stress of travel, it is important to establish a routine that works for you and helps with the possible jetlag. Getting into a routine can also help alleviate some stressors and any potential worries you might have.
  2. Participate in welcome activities. Meredith has a week dedicated to Orientation for students, filled with fun activities and traditions that also introduce you to students in the same year as you. You will also gain a good sense of the campus and the resources available to you.
  3. Utilize your resources. Meredith is here to help you succeed and help you with your needs. Building relationships with your professors and classmates from the very beginning creates helpful resources that can shape your college experience. There are also many other resources such as clubs, organizations, campus buildings and staff all here to help you succeed from the start. It is never too early to get involved!
  4. Make your room or apartment feel like home. Having items from home is a good decorating start to make the space your own. There are also a variety of stores to visit to help you design your room. Target usually has a good number of student deals and specials leading up to and during the start of classes. Your room or apartment is a space away from school and can serve as an important boundary — have fun with setting it up! 
  5. Explore the surrounding area. Before the semester gets too busy, be sure to explore the surrounding Raleigh area and all it has to offer. You can also have a look at our resource section for some tips and ideas of the best places to visit first.
  6. Prepare. Being prepared with all your class lists, activities, and necessities will set you up for success. Getting ahead on everything you need to do will help alleviate being overwhelmed or too stressed. This is an exciting experience and is also meant to be enjoyable, and preparation helps you find a good balance between the two.
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