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Leaving The Bubble: Bureaucracy Edition

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A lot of study abroad applications are due this Friday, October 1, and if you happen to be a member of the Class of 2012 eager to leave Morningside next semester, your days have been filled with a few extra doses of Existential Crisis and lots of paperwork. Here are a few tips to make your life a little easier, now that we’re about 48 hours away from the deadline.

  • Getting your transcript is E-Z! Instead of triple-emailing your advisor, go to 210 Kent, fill out the transcript request form (you’ll find it to your left, outside the door), pass it to an employee at the desk. She’ll print your transcript (as many copies as you need!) and put them in a fancy Columbia Office of the Registrar envelope.
  • Passport pictures are expensive. Bwog spent 60 miserable dollars at Duane Reade today (since our abroad program inexplicably requires 12 photos) before realizing there was a better way that involved much less lite-music listening. A set of two passport photos are $8.99 at Ivy League Stationers, but $9.99 at Duane Reade at $10.99 at Village Copier. Plus, the Ivy League guys are some of the friendliest in town.
  • Remember not to buy your stamps at the Package Center. Kill two birds with one administrative stone by picking up your stamps at the post office on 112th between Broadway and Amsterdam, right next to Book Culture, where you can also overnight your application so that it gets to London or Kathmandu or Moscow on time.
  • Need clearance to study abroad, like, now? Study Abroad King, Dean Carpenter’s office  hours are from 1:30 to 4 in 105 Carman, by the Carman computer lab. And if you need to rush it to the Office of Global Programs, don’t be fooled! It’s not in Lewisohn anymore, it’s on 606 Kent.
  • If you can’t get your shit together on time, find your program and plead with them between 12:30-3:30 in Roone this Friday at the Study Abroad fair.

Et voila! No Morningside February for you, friend!

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You can get transcripts mailed or printed online through SSOL…duh

  • Also, says:

    @Also, If the 112th St Post Office has a mile-long line (so, always), head down to the 104th St Post Office – there are actually multiple people manning the counters over there and it doesn’t take 15 minutes to help each customer.

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