At the start of a new academic year, there is always so much energy and excitement. New students arrive from around the world, and experienced students begin preparing for their final classes. As we begin this new year together, I encourage you to reflect on how you got to this moment in your life. Whether you just crossed an ocean for the first time or just passed a really difficult class, take time to be proud of your accomplishments!
I wanted to call your attention to a few topics this week:
- New international students: We welcomed our first group of new students for the academic year at orientation on Wednesday, August 24. We had the opportunity to meet a great group of students that day. What a diverse group from around the world: China, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, The Gambia, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe! Thank you for joining us at Franklin. We will welcome a second group of new students on Thursday, September 14. Please warmly welcome our newest arrivals by posting a hello on our Facebook page!
- Health insurance: Franklin University has once again partnered with The Harbour Group to offer health insurance for our F-1 students and their dependents. New this year, our plan will by administered by ACE American Insurance Company. You should experience little to no disruption to your coverage or providers, and health insurance claims will be submitted to ACE for billing. We are scheduling an insurance information session to update you on the changes, and we will post a notification when the session schedule is finalized.
- On-campus employment: Franklin University’s Human Resources department invites you to apply for student job postings on campus. Check out the available positions on Franklin’s Careers page. On-campus jobs are a great way to build American work experience while earning money to help pay for your education.
- Housing: Several students have expressed interest in finding roommates. We created a social media forum for you to post opportunities to live with other students. You can find it on Facebook; be sure to follow the OISP Facebook page and “like” the post to follow the topic.
Finally, I want to send everyone a quick reminder to keep you Franklin records updated. F-1 students are required to inform us of any address changes within 10 days of moving. If you do move, please update your address through the MyTools link in MyFranklin. If you change immigration status, please send a copy of your confirmation documents to OISP so that we can update your file.
We look forward to a wonderful 2016-2017 academic year with you!