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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 1:21am On Aug 03
I learnt how to buy gas (fuel) today, pay by card and service yourself. So to ask questions naim be main thing, you ask and you learn.

Booked an appointment to see my course advisor and got notified my transcript from naija has been received.

Visited my department today, I need to get to the graduate school tomorrow.

Engineering College building undergoing some construction work..


Accommodation pursuit is taking shape. Associated cost was $140 for application fee.

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Lamzee(m): 2:41am On Aug 03
Bro, have you get an apartment?
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 3:05am On Aug 03
Lamzee:
Bro, have you get an apartment?

Not yet, still processing it. Not being easy but we will get there.

Need to go n crash now.
Tomorrow will be a busy day.

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by hrykanu231(m): 6:20am On Aug 03
Nice thread, following closely with reasonable speed

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Mykelpato(m): 7:48am On Aug 03
Very great!! It'll be my turn someday shocked

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Saintsquare(m): 8:30am On Aug 03
nice write up,e just be like say Na me gan gan dey experience am,wish ya success op

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by ben4ever: 5:07pm On Aug 03
MackyNaija:
I met a Nigerian student yesterday, currently on graduate studies.

He came in this summer session, part tuition waived and accommodation scholarship. Who says summer session doesn't fund students?

It actually does happen. smiley

What do you mean by accommodation scholarship
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 7:32pm On Aug 03
ben4ever:


What do you mean by accommodation scholarship

He was offered free school hostel accommodation.
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 7:35pm On Aug 03
Just back from school...

Visited the College Hall, Office of Graduate Studies - submitted my naija uni hardcopy transcript (used softcopy for admission processing) and also my Degree Certificate.
Restrictions on my account/profile will be lifted, I can then do course registration.

Next was to the Student Union Building to get my student Identity card, was told it would be available by Orientation day or around that period.

If the I.D was given, I would have proceeded to the Library for Library I.D.

Picture below...

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by DisturbingEU(m): 7:01am On Aug 04
Well done OP I wish u all the best! cool
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by skylane(m): 6:48pm On Aug 04
MackyNaija:


Baba, me sef deh ask....
Maybe it is because in summer, fewer students are on campus abi na because people get motor and no deh trek like me?

Let's wait till next two weeks, classes start on the 23rd - my fellow Johnny Walkers suppose don return.
okay now how is the weather to your skin now
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 11:34pm On Aug 04
skylane:
okay now how is the weather to your skin now

First two days during house search, sun wire me no be small then I come get sense - I started calculating my movements.
I do only the necessary movements and avoid the sun as much as possible.

I also got a new friend who owns a car and has been very helpful with moving around, without him, life would have been very difficult.
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 11:37pm On Aug 04
The accommodation hustle still continues but it is almost over.

Nobody said it will be this difficult. Here you need a guarantor to sign for you for most apartments - must be a U.S citizen - how I wan take fulfil such requirement?? That shi has been holding my application for the last 3 days.

Expenses so far -
Application fee = $40 each
Deposit/caution fee = $100 each
Rent = $500
Insurance for the apartment = $10
Electricity activation = $150 deposit

Will update if I remember any other cost....

Most of these payments were done thru money order - you need transportation to make this move.

A sim card is around $30, unlimited domestic calls and texts.

I hope I get the keys to the apartment today...

#MoneyDisappearing #BePrepared

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by nelem: 11:58pm On Aug 04
MackyNaija:
The accommodation hustle still continues but it is finally over.

Nobody said it will be this difficult.


hey bro nice one. thank GOD for safe arrival & the experience so far. i have been thinking about kingsville or any of the other TX unis for msc in engineering (preferably industrial engineering or engineering management). please do well to keep us informed how it is like over there. also hints on getting a waiver, English proficiency tests. am looking towards fall 2018. thanks mate
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by olymyk: 12:05am On Aug 05
MackyNaija:
Just back from school...

Visited the College Hall, Office of Graduate Studies - submitted my naija uni hardcopy transcript (used softcopy for admission processing) and also my Degree Certificate.
Restrictions on my account/profile will be lifted, I can then do course registration.

Next was to the Student Union Building to get my student Identity card, was told it would be available by Orientation day or around that period.

If the I.D was given, I would have proceeded to the Library for Library I.D.

Picture below...
Bros congrats on your recent trip.I want to ask, getting to this stage of id card issuance etc have u made any tuition payment? Or you are on full scholarship
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 12:41am On Aug 05
nelem:



hey bro nice one. thank GOD for safe arrival & the experience so far. i have been thinking about kingsville or any of the other TX unis for msc in engineering (preferably industrial engineering or engineering management). please do well to keep us informed how it is like over there. also hints on getting a waiver, English proficiency tests. am looking towards fall 2018. thanks mate
Thanks bro/sis,

I meant to say hustle *almost* over... smiley

I got a $1,000 scholarship lthat can cover costs of books for 2 semesters AND an eligibility for instate tuition payment (this removes $7,800 from my total fees).

I wrote Toefl even b4 I received a mail from Grad school that Toefl was required but my GRE verbal score was used in it's place.


I saw my course adviser today - he hinted that they 'run' assistantship positions in my dept - in his words 'it might not be up to 20hrs a week and you'll have to contact each faculty/prof to see if they have available positions'.
I'll try each faculty when they start showing up in school.

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 12:48am On Aug 05
olymyk:
Bros congrats on your recent trip.I want to ask, getting to this stage of id card issuance etc have u made any tuition payment? Or you are on full scholarship

No payments done yet. Grad school needed to see the transcript and degree certificate in order to clear some restrictions on the account.

After I do course advising, then I can get more restrictions lifted and go to Business Office to know the financial implications.

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 1:10am On Aug 05
See the amount of paperwork in picture 1 needed to get an apartment in picture 2 below.

Papers were between 50-70 pages...
That black folder has like 30pages. angry

When they said reviewing and signing the documents was about 1hour 30mins, shocked I been think say na joke.


Thankfully 'we' got the keys today. The wahala involved be like one full '3 credit hour course'. Now I can happily spend the night in the flat on my rug with a/c. grin cheesy
The attachment to people and embarrassment haff do. cheesy cheesy

To all those that assisted me, I am sincerely grateful! I for suffer well well if not for una. smiley

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by olymyk: 4:42am On Aug 05
MackyNaija:


No payments done yet. Grad school needed to see the transcript and degree certificate in order to clear some restrictions on the account.

After I do course advising, then I can get more restrictions lifted and go to Business Office to know the financial implications.
very good.thanks bro.I am on my way tooo grin
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by skylane(m): 7:01pm On Aug 05
MackyNaija:


First two days during house search, sun wire me no be small then I come get sense - I started calculating my movements.
I do only the necessary movements and avoid the sun as much as possible.

I also got a new friend who owns a car and has been very helpful with moving around, without him, life would have been very difficult.
ayaaa,texas sun no be beans,na desert environs now,so the sun harsh,but no worry my guy as soon as u settle you go reap the fruit of ya labour
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Homguy(m): 12:37am On Aug 06
MackyNaija:


No payments done yet. Grad school needed to see the transcript and degree certificate in order to clear some restrictions on the account.

After I do course advising, then I can get more restrictions lifted and go to Business Office to know the financial implications.
Twas nice reading through your thread. Keep it up. Thanks.
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 7:55pm On Aug 06
^ ^^ Thanks all.

Network on LycaMobile isn't strong where I currently stay so opening Nairaland isn't always possible.

Attaching pictures is almost impossible. embarassed

I have an apartment now, leased to us unfurnished.
Did a few shopping yesterday and gradually settling in.

Costs and pictures will come in later....


I am currently cooking. cheesy

Expecting one new student from Naija today though he has been in Houston for over a week.
Another comes in on Tuesday.

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 8:20pm On Aug 06
Got a 1bedroom flat for $499 + $11 insurance for the landlord's property, insurance doesn't cover our property.

$100 was for deposit in case we damage anything for their house.
$40 was application fee...

This is the picture is what the money got us, twas split between me and my flatmate.

Kitchen
Living room
Bed room
Bathroom

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 9:35pm On Aug 06
*pictures will be attached later.*

Empty flat was what we rented, so we had to buy items needed...

Spent a total of $214...

$15-25 was for food - uncle Ben's rice, fresh tomatoes, onion bulbs, bread, bottled water, juice, corn oil for frying ( couldn't locate vegetable oil), baked beans, chicken and so on.

Remaining amount went for appliances, utensils and cutlery, pressing iron follow, vacuum cleaner deh.
+
Toiletries tissue, hand towels, cleaning and washing agents and so on. Costs like $160.

$14 was taxes.


I don begin cook o, food go soon ready. cheesy

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Iamsheye(m): 9:49pm On Aug 06
no forget my own oo i go chop too grin
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by abduldope(m): 10:21pm On Aug 06
dahm Op you na big boy All this kid expenses lols
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 10:23pm On Aug 06
Iamsheye:
no forget my own oo
i go chop too grin

Kai!
Pictures no gree upload. sad

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 10:28pm On Aug 06
abduldope:
dahm Op you na big boy All this kid expenses lols

Big boy?? These ones na expenses wey I no fit escape that's why I deh pay.

We were warned sha - boarding + accommodation $7,500 and Miscellaneous $2,900 annually.

If another route deh, abeg make person tell me. embarassed


Bed never deh, no reading table and chair too. Another $400 suppose go down today... cry cry cry

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Iamsheye(m): 10:58pm On Aug 06
MackyNaija:

Kai! Pictures no gree upload. sad
chaii wetin you cook like this
Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 12:23am On Aug 07
Iamsheye:
chaii wetin you cook like this
Na putty wey resemble stew! tongue

People here don chop am with rice lick plate grin

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by MackyNaija(m): 1:44am On Aug 07
I have been in the U.S for roughly 10 days...

What is different?

* Steady light and water, yet to see any borehole or generator here. Everywhere is calm.

* Hotter weather, sweltering heat. A/C here no be big man.

* The bum short wearing here is on a dangerous level. Chics deh wear that thing Everywhere! If you no get self control, you must enter trouble.

* Guys here wear shorts to classes and almost everywhere, so many of them.

* No public transport here. Without a personal car, trekking naim sure pass - it is worse in the bigger cities without a public transport system. Motor no be big man.

* Here, na all man for himself. If anyone renders assistance to you, abeg thank am well well.

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Re: Naija to Yankee Thoughts And Experiences by Akin26: 10:22am On Aug 07
MackyNaija:
Got a 1bedroom flat for $499 + $11 insurance for the landlord's property, insurance doesn't cover our property.

$100 was for deposit in case we damage anything for their house.
$40 was application fee...

This is the picture is what the money got us, twas split between me and my flatmate.

Kitchen
Living room
Bed room
Bathroom
Sorry for my funny question o br. That means you and your room mate is paying like 250$ each abi? Just want to be sure

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