How to prepare for an interview

Everybody here at the IIB program need to prepare for an internship interview, follow the list and you will be well prepared!

1. Write a Resume. The resume should only be one page and you should just write those experience that are related for the job you are applying for- so not your life’s story. The layout should be clean and without a picture. See how in the picture slide!

2. Well, the first thing that you could do is to be sure that you have the right clothes for the interview. Here in the U.S they have a strict dresscode for the interview. Although some of us have been to interviews and felt quite overdressed. If you are a women you should wear a knee long skirt, a blouse, jacket and pumps. And if you are a man, a suit of course!

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3. You have to prepare for the questions that the interviewer will ask you. We got a booklet with different questions, “Tell me about your self”, “What is your strengths/ weakness?”, “Tell me about your last job” and “Why do you want an internship at our company?” etc. It’s good to be prepared! And it’s good to look up different words that you might use to sound more professional in the interview.

4. When you know which company you are going to you should read about the company. Google it!

5. Now should you be prepared so:  Good Luck!

A Manhattan Weekend!

Every other weekend we seem to travel somewhere. This weekend the 17 of us split up and while some went to Canada or Boston I was one of those who went to Manhattan.

We arrived to Manhattan on Friday evening, ready to hit the first rooftop bar. It had an amazing view and I, who haven’t been on a rooftop bar before, was stunned.

Saturday we decided to explore Midtown Manhattan. Well okay, explore might be an exaggeration as we went shopping all day.. A not so student-friendly way of exploring Manhattan I would say. The evening ended in a similar way to the night before. We ate dinner and went to another rooftop bar called Le Bain.

Sunday was a perfect day for walking (again). So we went the opposite direction from the day before and headed towards East Village. East Village is, according to me, the best place in Manhattan. When you’re walking the streets there, you feel almost like home. In comparison to Times Square, with all the tourists and high buildings, East Village has a slower pace with a lot of vintage stores, and cozy cafes.

20.00 pm it was time for us to take the bus home to New Paltz..

…..Now I really need to get back to my studies. First exam is only 1 ½ weeks away from now.

Long Weekend!

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So here it is! another long weekend in New Paltz just one week after our first long weekend, and I love it 🙂 and actually it will coincide with a very mexican festive day!

September 16 it’s independence day in Mexico, and I think it is proper to say it is our most important festive day, because we celebrate our independence from the Spanish empire in the XIX century! In every town in Mexico there’s a party because of this, this year we will honor 202 years of independence; I’m gonna be missing home this weekend !!

But I thing I wont worry that much because Karen and I are going to Boston for the weekend, trying to take advantage of the 4 days off we have from school to get to know every big city we can; the past long weekend was Washington, now Boston, I’m very excited about it! So I think I wont even have time to miss the mexican parties, or maybe we will celebrate it our way in Boston, who knows!

Also some of our friends will be going to Toronto and some other to NYC, so I’m sure there will be a lot of things to talk about next week 😉 hope everybody has a great weekend and take a lot of pictures!

Sport facilities on campus

We all were a little bit worried about gaining some weight when stepping into the American food culture. The good thing though is that there are a lot of different sport facilities located on campus. Here’s a map and info about them:

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Athletic & Wellness Center

• A 1,800-seat basketball arena (Hawk Center)
• A six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool (Elting Pool)
• Athletic offices
• An athletic training room
• A dance studio
• Locker/shower facilities
• Multi-purpose rooms
• Four racquetball courts
• A strength & conditioning room

Alumni Field (Soccer)

Turf Field (Field Hockey/Lacrosse)

Loren Campbell Memorial Field (Baseball)

Mary Gray Deane Field (Softball)

North Tennis Courts

Where we live?

We have been talking about our trips and other cities but we don’t know alot about New Paltz.
I think New Paltz is a pretty village and it has a lot of art places, the State University of New York is one of the most important things in New Paltz.

New Paltz was founded since 1678.
The village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.70%) is water.
The Wallkill River runs north along the western border of New Paltz.
In 2010 New Paltz had an population of 6,818 habitants.

New Paltz is a college village, the people is very kind, the streets are very nice and the houses are colorful. There are a lot of nice restaurants with a kitsch style and delicious food.

On sunday we were walking around the main street and we found some people singing in the streets, many hippie stores and also The New Paltz farmer’s market.

The principal attractions in New Paltz are: Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Preserve, Ulster Tourism and of course all the places in the main street.

I found something interesting about the name of New Paltz:
The name of the town is derived from the Palatinate, or “Rhineland Pfalz,” which refers to the area along the Rhine River in Germany around Mannheim and Heidelberg, where the town’s founders sought temporary refuge from religious persecution. Early town documents show many variants of this term, including “The Pfalz,” The New Paltz,” and the French, “Nouveau Palatinat.

Curious note: In the television show Supernatural, Sam and Dean visit New Paltz in the episode entitled “Provenance”, which is about a haunted antique painting.

So I hope this information help us to learn more about New Paltz and if you know something else about it don’t hesitate in share it here!

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Concepts in Federal Income Tax

One of the four courses I’m taking is concepts in federal income tax with Dr. Don Furman. Coming from another country with a completely different tax system and different tax law system you can’t feel anything but lost when it comes to the American taxes. The course is very interesting and Dr. Don Furman is very good in what his teaching and with keeping the subject interesting, (even though everybody thinks that taxes are boring.)

So far in this course I have learned a few important things: YOU can’t do your own taxes, it’s too complex. One example is to try choosing the right tax form, you can choose all three of them but the explanation is; the least complex tax form is 1040EZ, the 1040A is more complex than 1040EZ, and the 1040 is more complex than 1040A. Any person would pick up the phone and call an accountant to fix the taxes.

If you don’t know how much you own to the IRS pay more or else the penalty fees will stack up.

Confusing fact everybody has rights to deduction but for different amounts depending on your relationship status OK, but here comes the confusing part if you are over 65 and/or are blind you can claim an additional deduction. I can understand the part over 65 but the question is why blind and not other disabilities it doesn’t make any sense why other disabilities can’t claim an additional deduction? If somebody knows why please tell me.

The most important rule to think about is that taxes are due April 15 each year; it means that taxes are going to be paid to the IRS regardless of extensions that you get.

If my stay in America would be longer I would have taken some more tax courses because it is interesting to learn how it works in the States. The course is confusing and fun at the same time I recommend it for people who seek some tax adventures.

 

Buyer's Guide: Textbooks

On our first day, Jeff told us that the books for our classes were going to be expensive. However, in accordance with every class Jeff has ever supervised, our reaction was more or less “oh my God”!

The price I was supposed to pay for the two required textbooks summed up to $475. Well, we did know before we got here that textbooks would cost us around $400, but it still hurts to pay that kind of money for books that you will have to sell for a few pennies just six weeks later. (Unless you have room for 7 pounds worth of books in your suitcase, which I doubt.)

Luckily, there are other options than to buy the books from the local bookstore. The obvious place to take a first look would be Amazon, and I felt like there was no reason for any further research. I ended up renting one of them for $62, and if I got it all right, I will be able to sell the other one back to Amazon for a net cost of $89.

That’s a total of $151 and leaves me with almost $325 to spend on something else, jayy!

 

Hungry Text Book

How hard could it be…?!

When I moved to New York in the middle of august I didn’t bring my telephone (where I have my calendar)

I realized after a week in school, with an intensive flow of information, that I really need a calendar.

Since my American phone’s calendar is useless, I decided to go the concervative way for once, and buy a traditional calendar that I can have in my pocket.

Calendar

The problem is that, every where I went, I didn’t even found ONE calendar, not at shop rite, stop & shop… not even at school….

Is the world really that technical developed or am I just bad at looking?!