In the past few months I have gone through quite a tremendous amount of surprises and trouble involved in the process of going on exchange to the States. From getting the State University New York’s acceptance to being granted a visa is a long and rocky road if one is not prepared for it. I for one was prepared for a LOT of paperwork but I was still in awe by the amount of documentation and stuff it takes to clear the path to USA. There are times when I think that I should’ve just settled with going to the UK for example instead of the US but my will wasn’t that easily broken…
So now I finally have the required documents (acceptance, visa etc.) it’s been quite a challenge and I do hope it will be worth it all! I even had to go to Helsinki to visit the US consulate for a personal mandatory interview, if I would’ve forgotten even one paper that they wanted to see I would have been sent home empty handed. I was fortunate enough to pass it without a hitch though.
Hopefully it will be more or less smooth sailing from now on (bureaucracywise at least). I’m leaving for SUNY Oneonta on January 19th. Fingers crossed!