Making Travel Arrangments
ARRIVING AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Denver International Airport is quite large. You may find that after you have gotten off the plane, you need to follow the signs (and people) to board a train. This train takes you to the main terminal, where you can then pick up your baggage. If you are not sure where to catch the train, ask an airport attendant or your flight attendant. Once the train has stopped at the main terminal, you will notice a row of monitors just outside of the train doors. These monitors will let you know which carousel number to go to for your luggage.
ARRIVING ON CAMPUS
There is a shuttle service which can bring you directly to Golden and Colorado School of Mines. You can book a reservation online at: www.supershuttle.com. The shuttle may have limited service after the 11 p.m. Taxi service from DIA to Golden is much more expensive and not recommended unless you arrive after the shuttle service stops running. Once you have been dropped off in Golden, it is also customary to give the driver a tip (about $1 for each piece of luggage). The shuttle may have limited service after the 11 p.m. A taxi ride can cost about $60 or more when you're traveling late at night.
You may want to arrange for temporary accommodations, such as a hotel, or bed-and-breakfast lodging for a night or two, in case you do not have housing upon arrival or if you are looking for off campus housing options.
Once you arrive at Mines, remember, you must do the following:
Check in at the International Office, located in the Student Center Room E110.
- Bring your passport
- I-94 Document,
- Visa Documents
- I-20 or DS-2019
- If you have dependent family members with you, bring their documents as well.
Check in at your department. You may check in with your advisor, or the department administrative assistant.
Leaving your home and coming to a new country can be frightening and intimidating, as well as adventurous and fun. You may be used to travelling and visiting new places, but if you are not, some of the following suggestions may help to diminish your fears:
Anticipation--makes future events easier to deal with
Contact--maintain relationships with people at home by keeping in contact
Language--becoming proficient in the language of the host country as early as possible will help to involve you more in the culture and surroundings, so you won't feel so isolated or lonely.
The initial period of settling in often seems like an adventure. You will tend to look for and identify similarities between your home culture and the host culture. Some surprises always await you when you arrive in a new place. There are behaviors, customs, and physical characteristics you may find unusual. The environment and surroundings might seem strange. The International Office is often the best place to go for help with adjusting to campus life and life in the U.S. We also conduct an orientation, so that you can ask questions, meet other new international students, and become familiar with other campus offices and personnel. It is a relatively informal setting, which allows you to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. Attending the international student orientation makes a huge difference in how you adjust to life in the U.S. and at Mines. Most newcomers experience "culture shock" at some point. Common symptoms of culture shock are:
- Extreme homesickness
- Desire to avoid social settings
- Physical complaints and sleep disturbances
- Depression and feelings of helplessness
- Difficulty with coursework and concentration
- Loss of a sense of humor
- Boredom or fatigue
- Hostility toward the host culture
Although it can be disconcerting, the "shock" gradually eases as you begin to understand the new culture.