How to relocate as a married international student; hint: arrive early, bribe your SO

There is a plethora of factors affecting the way you could start your MBA experience; I chose to move in as early as possible and have done so on July 27. Relocation can be overwhelming, especially for international students, like me, who embark on their inaugural journey outside their home country. I am excited to share my personal actions that helped me seamlessly open this new and exhilarating chapter in my life.

As mentioned, I arrived on July 27 to wonderful weather—much better than the eerie, inclement climate I had faced in February during Round 1 AdMIT weekend. Knowing my wife might be working from home during the next two years, I had to find a commodious apartment allowing her to do so. Ergo, prior to our arrival I had found an apartment, the lease agreement of which was passed over to me by an exceptional graduating Sloanie, alleviating my wife’s angst from the relocation. After no more than five days, we had already set up a bank account, applied for credit cards, joined a mobile plan, set up an internet connection, took over the electricity account, learned about and used student discounts at Amazon, Apple, and more; but the prime achievement was to watch the at-the-time last three episodes of GoT in our brand new American apartment. Long story short, we had gotten rid of all the tedious bureaucracy a week before pre-orientation even started.

I also bribed her with a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, seven nights of supine relaxation and frozen-margarita drinking; it was pure Elysium, the smile on her face 24/7.

Returning to Boston a week before pre-orientation, we completed our neighborhood research, learning where to buy groceries and furniture, and where to hangout for food and drinks; we even started working out at the MIT pools and gyms.

Come pre-orientation week, I had plenty of time to explore all official and non-official events, starting to build meaningful relationships with ardent future classmates who decided to join the optional week. I really enjoyed learning about the case method with Professor Blackburn and her professional approach, a method completely new to me. Had I not gone into this Classroom Preparation and Participation session, I would not have learned about the exacting rules of citation and the serious attitude U.S. universities have towards plagiarism. Telling lessons notwithstanding, I garnered some new friends thanks to the people available on campus these days and their hunger for evening meet-ups.

When orientation week arrived, the amassed ardor was palpable all over campus. Everyone was extremely nice and attentive, the conversations filled with auspicious thoughts and meaningful questions.

The New Orleans Gang

The photo was taken in New Orleans during a trip which was arranged by a second-year Sloanie and his future wife. At Sloan, we have an amazing tradition, in which second years organize myriad of tailor-made trips to help first-year students develop meaningful relationships before school even starts.

To recap, arriving early helped me shake off the mundane barriers of a traditional, international relocation. Finishing early my personal logistic issues allowed me to not only host two other international students in my apartment while they were waiting for theirs, but also socialize with many of my future ingenious classmates, building strong relationships early in the academic experience. If I had to relocate again, I would have arrived as early as I have.

What’s next? Winter is coming.

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