International Student Pre-Orientation Program (ISPOP)

Welcome, International Students!

     

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Logo for International Student Pre-Orientation Program

 

We're excited for you to be on campus for the International Student Pre-Orientation Program (ISPOP)!

In August, we hosted virtual sessions with various campus partners to introduce campus information and resources. If you missed or want to review any sessions, they were recorded, captioned, transcribed, and are available asynchronously on our Canvas course site. A Canvas tutorial is available, and your International Student Mentors are open to your questions about navigating the platform.

This in-person ISPOP component is focused on opportunities for you to connect with and build community together. We hope you take advantage of this time to spend with your fellow international '25s! Eager to catch up with your International Student Mentor (ISM) and peers? Mentor Connections continue in person as an opportunity for you to engage with one another, talk about sessions, and ask your questions.

The 2021 International Student Mentoring and Pre-Orientation Programs Team is thrilled to have you join us and to connect with you throughout the week!

The full schedule is below and is also available as a downloadable ISPOP PDF.

Tuesday, August 31

8:30 am to 7:00 pm | ISPOP21 Check In and COVID-19 Arrival Testing
Hitchcock Tent, Tuck Drive

Check in with staff from the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) to receive your ISPOP21 materials, DartCard (student identification card), and residence hall room key. Complete your Day Zero testing before moving on with the day!

8:00 am to 4:30 pm | Mail/Parcel Pick Up
Hinman Mail Center – Hopkins Center for the Arts

After checking in to ISPOP21 and receiving your DartCard, you'll be able to go to the Hinman Mail Center and pick up anything you mailed to campus.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Computer Store Pick Up
Computer Store – McNutt Hall, Basement

Did you order a computer through the Dartmouth Computer Store? Remember to stop by and pick it up! Staff from Information, Technology, and Consulting (ITC) will be available during ISPOP21 to help you get it all set up.

7:00 am to 6:00 pm | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner!
Class of 1953 Commons

Hungry after the traveling and moving into your room? Stop by for a meal at the Class of 1953 Commons – your DartCard is already loaded with your meal plan!

6:00 pm | ISPOP21 Opening Night
Collis Center, Common Ground

Welcome to Dartmouth – we're SO excited to meet you in person! To start off the 2021 International Student Pre-Orientation Program, join us for a welcome event to meet all your mentors and your fellow international '25s over arts and crafts, board games, and snacks. You'll even have a chance to make s'mores – graham cracker + marshmallow + chocolate – melted together into sweet, gooey goodness!

Wednesday, September 1

8:30 am | ISPOP21 Check In and COVID-19 Arrival Testing
Hitchcock Tent, Tuck Drive

If you arrived after testing closed on Tuesday, August 31, you will need to stop by the Hitchcock Tent to check in with staff from the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) to receive your ISPOP21 materials, DartCard (student identification card), and residence hall room key. Complete your Day Zero testing before going to breakfast!

9:00 am | Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

Find the Mentors and your fellow International '25s if you're in search of breakfast buddies! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is also a time to do so.

MENTOR GROUPS: Hana, Jaime, Joanna, Kevin, Kristabel, Omala, Sanne, Vy

  • 10:00 AM | Office of Visa & Immigration Services (OVIS) Check-In & Associated Session
    Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium (B13)

    Checking in with the Office of Visa & Immigration Services (OVIS) is a REQUIRED session. Any conflicts with this session must be immediately shared with OVIS by emailing Visa.And.Immigration.Services@Dartmouth.edu.
     

  • 12:00 noon | Explore Hanover & Campus: Scavenger Hunt
    Meet on The Green

    You may have been on a formal or informal tour and perhaps explored Hanover, so you might already know your way around. Test your knowledge through this Scavenger Hunt, designed and led by your International Student Mentors, and win prizes.

MENTOR GROUPS: Ananya, Fulya, Grace, Lekina, Lorraine, May, Paulina

  • 10:00 AM | Explore Hanover & Campus: Scavenger Hunt
    Meet on The Green

    You may have been on a formal or informal tour and perhaps explored Hanover, so you might already know your way around. Test your knowledge through this Scavenger Hunt, designed and led by your International Student Mentors, and win prizes!
     

  • 12:00 noon | Office of Visa & Immigration Services (OVIS) Check-In & Associated Sessions
    Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium (B13)

    Checking in with the Office of Visa & Immigration Services (OVIS) is a REQUIRED session. Any conflicts with this session must be immediately shared with OVIS by emailing Visa.And.Immigration.Services@Dartmouth.edu.

2:00 pm | Lunch
Class of 1953 Commons

Explore the lunch options at '53 Commons, meet some international students outside of your mentor group, and chat with another member of the International Student Mentor team! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is also a time to do so.

3:00 pm | Mentor Connections No. 3
Mentor Choice!

We're thrilled you're on campus! This is an opportunity to meet your International Student Mentor and others in your Mentor Group in person. Check in with your Mentor for a specific meeting location.

4:30 pm | Being Safe & Secure on Campus
Collis Center, Common Ground

What if you're locked out of your room? Seen those blue lights on campus and wondered what they're for? How can you prevent a bicycle from riding away on its own? What is a "Good Sam"? Keiselim Montás, Director of the Department of Safety and Security (DoSS), will answer these questions and more.

5:30 pm | Welcome Cookout
Moore Lawn Tent

And here, we've got Texas-style barbecued goods – including meat, vegetarian, and vegan options! Enjoy an outdoor community dinner with other International '25s.

7:00 pm | Game Night
Collis Center

More opportunities to socialize with other students, including board games, video games, trivia, and more! Also, a chance to sign up for tomorrow's Campus Drop-Ins – check with your Mentor for additional details.

Thursday, September 2

8:00 am | Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

Find the Mentors and your fellow International '25s if you're in search of breakfast buddies! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is also a time to do so.

9:00 am to 12:00 noon | Travel Signatures with OVIS
Collis Center, Patio

To obtain your travel signature, complete your F-1 check in e-form with OVIS and bring your original I-20 to the OVIS table on the Collis Center Patio at the scheduled time for your Mentor group:

  • Ananya – 9:00 am
  • Fulya – 9:15 am
  • Grace – 9:30 am
  • Hana – 9:30 am
  • Jaime – 9:45 am
  • Joanna – 10:00 am
  • Kevin – 10:00 am
  • Kristabel – 10:15 am
  • Lekina – 10:30 am
  • Lorraine – 10:30 am
  • May – 10:45 am
  • Omala – 11:00 am
  • Paulina – 11:15 am
  • Sanne – 11:30 am
  • Vy – 11:45 am

9:00 am | Campus Drop-Ins
Various locations

Interested in learning more about different campus resources? The following offices are hosting drop-ins and tiny tours of their spaces: Academic Skills Center, Health Service, Libraries, and Student Wellness Center are all available. Did you buy a computer from the Computer Store and want to get it set up? ITC will also be available to help!

Sign ups will occur during Game Night on Wednesday, September 1, but we'll also have a station in the OPAL Suite (Collis 211) if you didn't have a chance before!

12:00 noon | Mentor Connections No. 4
Mentor Choice!

Connect with your Mentor Group to debrief sessions and share your favorite moments from Game Night! Check in with your International Student Mentor for a specific meeting location.

1:00 pm | Lunch
Class of 1953 Commons

Explore the lunch options at '53 Commons, meet some international students outside of your mentor group, and chat with another member of the International Student Mentor team! If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is also a time to do so.

2:00 pm | Resource Fair & Shopping Trip
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Top of the Hop

No longer will you miss WhatsApp messages or be forced to keep cash in your room. At this session, there will be representatives from AT&T, Citizens Bank, and Verizon Wireless. The New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will also have information about obtaining a driver license. Did you buy a computer from the Computer Store and want to get it set up? ITC will also be present to help!

A yellow school bus will take you and other fully-vaccinated international '25s to Walmart in West Lebanon so you can make quick room essential purchases and/or pick up online orders if you shopped online. Bus schedule depends on your mentor:

Jaime, Joanna, Sanne, Vy

  • 2:00 pm            depart from the Hopkins Center
  • 2:20 pm            arrive at Walmart
  • 3:00 pm            depart Walmart
  • 3:20 pm            arrive Hanover

Fulya, Lorraine, May, Paulina

  • 2:15 pm            depart from the Hopkins Center
  • 2:35 pm            arrive at Walmart
  • 3:15 pm            depart Walmart
  • 3:35 pm            arrive Hanover

Hana, Kevin, Kristabel, Omala

  • 3:30 pm            depart from the Hopkins Center
  • 3:50 pm            arrive at Walmart
  • 4:30 pm            depart Walmart
  • 4:50 pm            arrive Hanover

Ananya, Grace, Lekina

  • 3:45 pm            depart from the Hopkins Center
  • 4:05 pm            arrive at Walmart
  • 4:45 pm            depart Walmart
  • 5:05 pm            arrive Hanover

If you need to retrieve any parcels from the Hinman Mail Center or your new computer from the Computer Store, this is also a time to do so before they close at 4:00 pm.

BREAK | Prepare for the Banquet & Talent Show

A break to relax, settle into your room, do some last-minute rehearsing for the Talent Show, perhaps put on your favorite outfit (casual, stylish, or dressy - you decide!). Come as you are, performer or spectator and regardless of outfit!

5:30 pm | International Student Banquet & Talent Show
Hopkins Center for the Arts, Alumni Hall

The final dinner of the program is with your fellow '25s and some of the most wonderful friends of International Student Pre-Orientation Program, paired with arguably the most beloved memory of all Dartmouth international students: The ISPOP Talent Show. Play the piano? Able to wiggle your ears? Have a bad joke to tell? All are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this showcase of your international student peers! Sign up in advance to perform: http://dartgo.org/25talent           

8:00 pm | Outdoor Movie: Onward
Kemeny Lawn

Enjoy a free screening of Disney and Pixar's Onward (2020) with your peers and the Mentors – we'll have popcorn and picnic blankets for this outdoor movie!

Friday, September 3

8:30 am | Day 3 Testing
Hitchcock Tent, Tuck Drive

Stop by the Hitchcock Tent for your Day Three test if you completed a Day Zero arrival test on Tuesday, August 31.

9:00 am | Breakfast
Class of 1953 Commons

Find the Mentors and your fellow International '25s if you're in search of breakfast buddies!

10:00 am | Money: The Big Green
Black Family Visual Arts Center, Loew Auditorium

A must-attend session for those interested in or with questions about finances, student bills, taxes, and employment authorization as a Dartmouth student. Tyler Bergmeier (he/him), Senior Assistant Director of the Office of Financial Aid; Keri Ketcham (she/her), Associate Director of OVIS; Kari Jo Grant (she/her), Senior Program Manager of Human Resources & Student Employment; Sherice McCarthy-Hill (she/her), Director of Payroll; and Kathy Page (she/her), Director of Campus Billing and DartCard Services, will review what you need to know about money matters.

11:40 am | Dining on Campus
Black Family Visual Arts Center, Loew Auditorium

How does the Dining Plan work? What options are there for different dietary needs? Jon Plodzik (he/him), Director of Dining with Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS), will tell you all about the DDS offerings and answer your questions.

12:00 noon | Mentor Connections No. 5
Mentor Choice!

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, ISPOP21 is one of them. Before you go off to enjoy New Student Orientation, one more meeting with your mentor group to answer any lingering questions and set a date for the next meet-up to keep in touch.

The 2021 Team

Core Staff
international.student.advising@dartmouth.edu

Amanda Wong (she/her)
Program Coordinator for Community and Leadership Development
amanda.wong@dartmouth.edu

Alex Bramsen '22 (she/her)
International Student Mentor Co-Coordinator

alexandra.l.bramsen.22@dartmouth.edu

Lucy Ruji Shao '23 (she/her)
International Student Mentor Co-Coordinator

ruji.shao.23@dartmouth.edu

International Student Mentors

  • Ananya Vaidya '23 (she/her)
  • Fulya Dal '22 (she/her)
  • Grace Qu '22 (she/her)
  • Hana Ba-Sabaa '22 (she/her)
  • Jaime Chuidian '23 (he/him)
  • Joanna Olagundoye '24 (she/her)
  • Kevin Ding '23 (he/him)
  • Kristabel Konta '24 (she/her)
  • Mark Lekina Rorat '24 (he/him)
  • Lorraine Liu '22 (she/her)
  • May Khine '23 (she/her)
  • Omala Snyder '24 (she/her)
  • Paulina Marinkovic Camacho '23 (she/her)
  • Sanne Schouten '23 (she/her)
  • Vy Nguyen '24 (she/her)

CANVAS SITE

Our Canvas course site hosts the recorded sessions from Fall 2021 term along with other informative resources. A Canvas tutorial is available and your International Student Mentors are open to your questions about navigating the program and the platform.

We welcome you to reach out to us at International.Student.Advising@dartmouth.edu with your questions at any time.

Daily ISPOP21 Sessions

We are excited to present the following International Student Pre-Orientation Program (ISPOP) sessions from Tuesday, August 10, through Thursday, August 19. All sessions will be available to stream live on Zoom by visiting http://dartgo.org/ispop21 and they will each be recorded, captioned, transcribed, and available asynchronously on our Canvas course site. Webinars require login with a Dartmouth email.

New students are expected to engage with all sessions, either synchronously or asynchronously, or to communicate the urgent or extenuating circumstances which prevent them from doing so by contacting us at International.Student.Advising@Dartmouth.edu.

Tuesday, August 10, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Student Wellness Center

https://dartmouth.zoom.us/j/91643076485?pwd=MUdDc3FWNHVVNVNVOFZ2ZWdjMEN6dz09  
Webinar ID: 916 4307 6485, Passcode: 170594

Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Sexual Respect & Title IX

https://dartmouth.zoom.us/s/97345929007?pwd=SFlreEsxdndEQm16d2tXa2d1ZkxCZz09   
Webinar ID: 973 4592 9007, Passcode: 456143

Thursday, August 12, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Personal Finance & Financial Aid

https://dartmouth.zoom.us/s/96366081164?pwd=cnMwQ2YxNW4yaEF1SHB1cHZFbnVFZz09
Webinar ID: 963 6608 1164, Passcode: 895532

Wednesday, August 18, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET
Community Standards

https://dartmouth.zoom.us/s/97444547494?pwd=cWJNK25rOWFMZGN0U2w5VVpyVDgwdz09
Webinar ID: 974 4454 7494, Passcode: 135636

Thursday, August 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
https://dartmouth.zoom.us/s/96963643537?pwd=aGxVcXN6cm9uaXBUdXViSzg4ays4dz09
Webinar ID: 969 6364 3537, Passcode: 338597

International numbers available: https://dartmouth.zoom.us/u/ad5oWGxxWR

Important Resources for International Students

The following are links to important information for international students preparing to attend Dartmouth. You will receive more detailed information after you arrive.  

Visa and Immigration Services

Travel Resources

After Your Arrival