Upcoming Workshops for F-1 Visa Holders

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop 

Thursday, January 30, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Monday, February 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Wednesday, February 26, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Wednesday, March 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
The four sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 20 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.
Intended Audience: Classes of 2022 and 2021 F-1 visa holders who intend to work off-campus in the United States during Summer 2020

Session Description: In this workshop, you will learn: 1) CPT eligibility, 2) a step-by-step guide to registering for CSLP 493, and 3) information about maintain your F-1 status while working in the summer.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop 

Thursday, February 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Monday, March 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
The two sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 15 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2020 and 2021 F-1 visa holders who wish to work in the United States after graduation

Session Description: This workshop will cover: 1) OPT eligibility, 2) a step-by-step guide to complete the I-765 form, and 3) information about maintaining your F-1 visa status while on OPT.  Please bring: 1) your current and all previous I-20s, 2) your passport, 3) your F-1 visa page (if on a different passport), 4) your most recent I-94, 5) your Social Security Card (if you have one), and a pen with black ink (required by U.S. government).

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Q&A 

Wednesday, February 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Monday, February 24, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Wednesday, April 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
The three sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 20 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2020 and 2021 F-1 visa holders wish to work in the United States after graduation

Session Description: This is a workshop for students who already attended the OPT workshop and still have questions about the application process. In this session, OISA staff members will answer frequently asked questions such as planning your OPT start date, traveling internationally while waiting for OPT approval and more! Bring your questions to the session.

Life After Wes: Managing your Immigration Status after Graduation

Tuesday, March 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
Monday, April, 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gorden Career Center
The two sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 30 students.Registration on Handshake is required.
Intended Audience: Class of 2020 F-1 visa holders who have plans to attend graduate school in the United States in the future (including after OPT) or depart the U.S. after graduation.

Session Description: This workshop will cover all different scenarios for F-1 visa holders to understand how to manage their immigration status after they graduate from Wesleyan. We will cover: 1) grace period for staying in the United States after graduation without applying for OPT, 2) deadlines for OPT applications, 3) transferring your SEVIS record to a graduate school and 4) answer additional questions you may have.

OPT STEM Extension Info Session 

Thursday, April 9, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

The two sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 20 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2020 and 2021 F-1 visa holders whose major is one of the following: archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, college of integrative science, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, economics, environmental studies, mathematics, molecular biology & biochemistry, neuroscience & behavior, physics and wish to continue working in the United States after their one-year OPT.

Session Description: This session is for students who would like to learn more about OPT STEM extension (an additional 24 months of OPT). We will cover OPT-STEM extension eligibility, the application timeline and other essential information about OPT-STEM extension.

Course Withdrawal Deadline Monday 12/2 5pm

The last day to withdraw from full-semester and second-quarter classes for the Fall 2018 semester is Monday, December 2.  Completed forms are due in the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. and must include the following signatures: instructor, faculty advisor, and class dean.

If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course:

  • Do use this time to talk to your professors, your advisors, and me about your concerns. If you can’t make my drop-ins, please email me at dphillips@wesleyan.edu or call me at x2757 to schedule an appointment.
  • Do make sure you are taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
  • Do get the signatures of your instructor and advisor on your drop/add form. I cannot sign for either without his or her permission, so please save yourself the trouble of waiting to see me during drop-ins just for me to tell you that.
  • Do not wait until Monday at 4:00 p.m. to see me or you may find yourself waiting in a very long line!

Drop-in Hours: M 2-3, Tu 3-4, W 4-6, Th 11-12, F 2-4

Apply for the Millennium Fellowship

The United Nations Academic Impact and MCN proudly present the Millennium Fellowship.  This program convenes, challenges, and celebrates bold student leadership advancing UN goals on campus and in communities.  Millennium Fellows hone skills, take concrete action, and earn a certificate of recognition from the United Nations Academic Impact and MCN.  Your undergraduates are invited to apply; the application is open on a rolling basis through May 2020 with early applications strongly recommended (there were 7,000+ applicants from 1,209 campuses last cycle).

What Does It Mean to be Chinese in U.S. Colleges Today? Story, Conversation, Reflection

4:30 PM, Tuesday Nov 12
Fries Center for Global Studies Commons, FISK 201 

A forum featuring the diverse, complex, and evolving stories of Chinese-identifying students and faculty, be they be born in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, or New York City, and a safe and intimate space where everyone, regardless of identity, can feel comfortable to share their own and engage with others’ perspectives. Stories will be read anonymously by student volunteers, followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Yu-ting Huang (Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies)

Whether it is the U.S.- China trade war, the Huawei controversy, the Anti-Extradition protests in Hong Kong, or the growing Sino-phobic sentiments in academia and the public sphere, 2019 has not been an easy year to be Chinese in America. Chinese students, faculty, and staff at Wesleyan encounter these challenges in various ways. However, caught between the nationalist propaganda of the CCP and the overly simplistic narrative of Western media, voices from the Chinese community have been largely left out. Often seen as a homogenous, organic whole, the “Chinese identity” entails much complexity on political, cultural, and personal levels that are worthy to be explored, discussed, and understood.

This is why we from the Chinese community at Wesleyan want to make ourselves heard. We want to speak up in order to offer authentic, diverse and nuanced views about our connection and struggle with our Chinese identity, to foster a better mutual understanding with the rest of campus, and to explore common ground on which constructive and respectful conversations can be possible in the future.

There will be no photos, videos, or recording at the event.

Sponsored by the College of East Asian Studies and Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

Fore more information, please contact:
Mary Alice Haddad

Chair, College of East Asian Studies
Professor of Government, East Asian Studies, and Environmental Studies

Peer-to-Peer Internship Panels

Come hear from upperclassmen first-hand about how they found and secured internships and summer experiences in their fields of interest.

Internships in Law
November 5, 12pm – Gordon Career Center

Internships in the Visual Arts
November 8, 12:15pm – Gordon Career Center

Internships in Journalism and Publishing
November 19, 12pm – Boger Hall, 112

Internships for International Students
November 20, 5pm – Gordon Career Center

Internships in Sustainability
November 22, 12:15pm – Gordon Career Center

LEGO Career Trek, Enfield, CT

The Gordon Career Center is offering an off-campus career trek opportunity to LEGO in Enfield, CT on Friday, November 15, 11:30am-4:30pm. Students will meet with Wesleyan alumni at LEGO such as Jordan Schildhaus ’15 and Ethan Sack ’97 as well as other LEGO staff to learn about the various roles in one of the most well-known toy production organizations in the world.

Space is limited to 13 students. If more than 13 applications are received, students who completed the application in full will be selected at the end of the application window by random lottery. If you are not selected, you will be put on a waitlist and will be notified if spots open up.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, October 31, 11:59 pm 

Career Trek details and simple application:

https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/388803/share_preview

Winter Session 2020 Important Information

Wesleyan Winter Session will run January 7-22, 2020. Students have the opportunity to return to campus early over winter break and complete a full-credit course in a two-week intensive format. Financial aid applications are open in portal and close October 25 at 2pm.  Registration will be open November 1- December 13 at Noon.  Visit Wesleyan.edu/wintersession, call 860-685-2005, or email winter@wesleyan.edu for more information.

“Understanding Credit” Workshop 10/15

On Tuesday, October 15th, at 12pm, in Usdan 108 the Financial Aid Office is hosting a workshop on  “Understanding Credit.” Guest speaker Christopher Earnshaw from Sallie Mae will explore how credit ratings are assessed, what information goes into your credit report, how to effectively build and manage your credit, and how to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft.   Bring your lunch and discover the tools and knowledge that will help you build a stable financial future.