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22 Ekim 2018 Pazartesi

How Did I Come to United States?

Bir onceki yazimda aslinda hayallerimin gercek olmasindan, bununla beraber benim genel olarak neler hissettigimden bahsetmistim. Bu hayallerimin gerceklesmesi icin hangi asamalardan gectim, neler yaptim, nasil Amerika'ya geldim; onlari da bu yazimda sizlerle paylasacagim. Bu yazim pek fotograf iceremeyecek, benden soylemesi. 
I mentioned to you on my previous post about how my dreams came true and how I felt as they were fullfilled.  I'm going to share the steps I took for my dreams to come true, what I did, how I made it to the United States.  FYI, this post won't contain a lot of photos ;)
Detaylara girmeden once, genel bahsetmem gerekirse; Amerika'ya Marketing and Digital Marketing egitimine geldim. Hem mesleki alanimi degistirmek, biraz daha yaratici isler yapmak istedim. Hem de tabi ki Amerika'da guzel bir network, meslek sahibi olabilmek icin boyle bir yol tercih ettim.
Before getting into details, I should say that; I came to United States for a Marketing and Digital Marketing program. I wanted to change my career path, do some creative exploration.  Also, I wanted to have a nice network and job in the US of course, that's why i chose this way.


- Once hangi sehirde olmak istedigime karar verdim. 

Tabi ki kimisi icin okul daha onemlidir ama benim alacagim egitim Marketing oldugu icin, Amerika'nin genelinde de Marketing'in asiri populer olmasindan ve cok deger verilmesinden, nerede olursa olsun guzel egitim alabilirim dedim. Su an gidiyor oldugum okul UCLA de zaten California'nin en iyi okullarindan biri. 
Yasamak istedigim yeri ise, Amerika'ya yapmis oldugum onceki seyahatlerimden aklimda ve kalbimde kalanlarla, New York insani olmadigimi, Los Angeles insani oldugumu anlamistim. Benim icin mevsim ve yasam tarzi oldukca onemli. Kosturma ve stresin olmadigi, hep gunesin parladigi bir sehirde hayal etmistim kendimi. Bu yuzden de Los Angeles hep hayallerimi suslemisti. 
Sehri sectikten sonra da, okullari arastirdim. UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) uluslararasi ogrencilere oldukca acik bir okul oldugu ve istedigim bolumun cok guzel detaylarla bu okulda olmasi benim burayi tercih etmemi sagladi.

- First i decided the city where i want to be in.

Of course for some people, school is more important but Marketing program what i wanted is literally so popular and valuable in the US, wherever in the US i take this program i was sure it would be so good. Right now the school i attended UCLA is one of the best universities in California. 
For the city where i want to be in; after my touristic trips to the US, i'd already understood from my heart and mind that i wasn't a New York city person, i was totally a Los Angeles person. For me the climate and lifestyle is really important. I've always dreamed about myself in a city without stress or chaos, with an always shining sun in the sky. That's why Los Angeles always made me dream of itself.
After choosing the city, i searched for the schools. UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) is a welcoming for International Students and the program what i wanted to enroll is exactly in this university with its details as it made me choose this university.
- Sehir ve okul sectikten sonra, okula kayit kosullarini inceledim, yerine getirmeye koyuldum.

Turkiye'de Amerika egitimi ile ilgili bir cok ajans var ama ben hepsi ile kendim ilgilendim, bir ajansa havadan para verme taraftari degildim. Cunku bu isi sizin kadar ciddiye almayabiliyorlar ve kucuk bir kisim atlansa, bir suru sikintiya yol acabiliyor. Ben de o yuzden kendim, UCLA'in web sitesinden arastirmalara koyuldum. Her bolumun ayri ayri detayli bilgileri zaten web sitesinde yaziyor; program kac ceyrek suruyor, fiyati nedir, ek ucretler nelerdir, hangi dersler var, staj imkani var mi yok mu.. Hepsi en detayiyla yaziyor; akliniza minik bir soru takildiginda attiginiz maile de cok hizli geri donus sagliyorlar.
En onemli ve aslinda tek sart; Ingilizce yeterlilik sinav sonucunuz. Ielts ve ya Toefl'inizin sitede belirtilen kosullarda olmasi gerekiyor.
Ingilizce yeterlilik sinav sonucunuz, finansal sponsorunuz ve saglik sigortasi aslinda okula basvuru icin gerekli olan konular.

- After choosing the school and the city, i checked the school enrollment requirements, started to get all requirements done.

There are so many agencies in Turkey about the education in the US but i took care all of them by myself, i'm not a fan of paying unnecessarily to an agency. Since they might not care about the things seriously as much as you do, and if one little part is missing, it might cause so many things. That's why i started to keep looking on UCLA website by myself. There are so many details for every program on the website; how many quarters the program takes, the payments, additional payments, which courses you will get, if there is an internship option or not... Everything is written on the website in details; if you have a question on your mind, they reach you back immediately after you ask it on the e-mail. 
The most important and kinda the one requirement is the result of your English profiency exam. Your result of your Ielts or Toefl exam should be in the same criteria which is mentioned on the web site.
Your result of English language profiency exam, financial sponsor and health insurance are the main requirements of school.
- IELTS'ten gereken sonucu aldiktan sonra ne yaptim?

Sinav sonucum geldigi gibi, okula gerekli belgeleri, odenmesi gereken tutarlar ile gonderdim. Okul kaydi kabul ettikten sonra, Amerika konsoloslugunda ogrenci vizesi (F1) basvurusunda bulunabilmeniz icin size I-20 belgesi gonderiyor. Bu belgenin gelmesi 1-2 haftayi bulabiliyor.
I-20 belgenizi Amerika'da bulundugunuz sure zarfinda da hic kaybetmemeniz, orjinalini hep saklamaniz gerekiyor.
I-20 belgem geldikten sonra, F1 ogrenci vizesine basvurdum. Amerika'da uzun sure kalmak icin, F1 vize turu icin bu gecerli, SEVIS ucreti denen bir gocmenlik ucreti oduyorsunuz ve vize gorusmenize o sekilde gidiyorsunuz.

- What did i do after getting the required result from Ielts Exam?

The moment i got the result of my Ielts exam, i sent the required documents with the required payment to the school. After the school accepts your application, they send the I-20 document which you need to apply for a student visa (F1) at US Embassy. Receiving the original copy of I-20 may take 1 or 2 weeks. You need to keep the original I-20 document for all time when you are in the US and you shouldn't miss it. 
After i received the I-20 document, i applied the F1 student visa. To stay in the US for a long time, this is important for F1 visa, you should pay SEVIS payment which is an immigrant payment and go to your visa appointment with them.

- Vize ciktiktan sonra neler yaptim?

Vize ciktiktan sonra, okulun sitesinden yaz donemi icin ders sectim ve ucak biletimi aldim. Baska hic bir sey yapmadim.
Ev ayarlamayi buraya gelisime sakladim; cunku Los Angeles cok buyuk ve yollari, ulasim cesitlerini, turlerini, mahalleleri anlamak gerekiyor. Ayrica Amerika'da ev konusunda dolandiricilik da oldukca fazla oldugu icin, riske atmak istemedim. Ama gelmeden yine de evlere baktim, bazisiyla iletisime gectim. Hatta o iletisime gectiklerimden biri ile buraya geldigim gibi ayarladim. Ama gormeden asla 'evet' demedim.
- What did i do after receiving my visa?

After receiving the visa, i enrolled the summer courses on school's website and bought my flight ticket. I did not do anything else.
I kept the housing arrangements to my arrival to US; because Los Angeles is really huge and roads, transportation options, neighborhoods must be understood very well. Also there are so many frauds in housing in the US, i did not want to take a risk. But again i searched a lot for housing before arriving here, i contacted with several ones. Even i decided one of them when i arrive here but without seeing it i never said 'yes' to it.

Umarim bu yazi, Amerika'ya egitime gelmeyi dusunenler icin faydali olmustur. Eger bir sorunuz, dusunceniz olursa yorum birakabilirsiniz!
I hope this post is helpful for who considers coming to the US for education. If you have any questions or thoughts, comment below!

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