The Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association CUCSSA (referred to as ‘CUCSSA’), officially recognized as one of Columbia's Chinese student organizations, will carry out the New Student Care Program (NSCP) in the next few months to help 2015 Columbia freshmen get adapt to the new environment of the United States as soon as possible. From early May, a series of projects of NSCP will be launched, including "2015 Freshmen Guide" (coming out soon), the Official 2015 Freshman QQ Group, WeChat group, Summer Kick-Off Meeting in China, airport pick-up service, guidance for phone and bank account opening, Freshman Welcome Luncheon and the CUCSSA New Board Member Recruitment.
The Official 2015 Freshman QQ Group #: 433795965]
This group is set up to serve the majority of freshmen in building social networking platform, with the purpose of answering questions and facilitate communications among the freshman. Discussion within the legal scope is allowed. For applicants to this group, please include your name, admitted program and UNI in the application notes. The QQ Group online Q & A session will begin at the end of this month. During the Q & A session, we will continuously provide useful information about the campus, academic, housing, work and other relevant aspects, and provide raised immediate and detailed answers to various questions from the freshman. The Q & A time schedules are listed as follow:
05/24/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Sunday: QQ group general Q&A
05/30/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Saturday: QQ group Q&A for Statistics major
05/31/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Sunday: QQ group Q&A for Computer Science major
06/06/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Saturday: QQ group Q&A for Electronic Engineering major
06/07/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Sunday: QQ group Q&A for Operation Research & Financial Engineering
06/13/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Saturday: QQ group Q&A for Teachers College (TC)
06/14/2015 9:00 pm (Beijing Time) Sunday: QQ group Q&A for School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
The Official 2015 Freshman WeChat Group (already full)
This group is mainly used to answer general questions. The group member must be 2015 Columbia freshman. This group is only used for Q&A; information about prohibit rental information, casual chat, spamming and advertising. Since the WeChat group can only accommodate up to 500 members, the group administrator will share the weekly FAQ summary to the Official QQ group as well.
Summer Kick-Off Meeting in China
CUCSSA plans to hold two Freshman Kick-Off Meetings in June, in Beijing and Shanghai (of China) respectively. The kick-off meeting is held in order to help freshmen get familiar with the work, study and life at Columbia University, so that they can adapt to the transition quickly after their arrival at New York. Specific time and location are to be decided, however, those information will be posted shortly through the CUCSSA official website, QQ group, WeChat group and other platforms. So stay tuned! We will publish the first edition of the "2015 Freshmen Guide" in May 15. The second edition will be released in early June and will include updates about our events in July, August and September (including those to be held when the semester begins). Information above for our projects and events will be announced simultaneously on CUCSSA official website and public platforms (QQ group, WeChat group). Please stay tuned!
--thanks to all of you who made our project brilliant
The CUCSSA new-student welcome project came to a successful conclusion by the end of the welcome meeting and dinner in New York. We left our footprints in Shanghai, Wuhan, Beijing, Guangzhou, the major big cities in China. We still clearly remember when we were the first year new graduate students a year before sitting in the audience hearing our seniors sharing their experiences studying and living in New York. We are very glad to do the same thing when it is our turn to help the new students from China this year. We made some innovations on our welcome project by combining the tips both about the New York City and the Columbia campus, which include loads of information about academics, student life, and jobs. Now let’s explore the exciting moments of these welcoming activities together!
Shanghai Welcome Meeting:
Partner: CUCSSA, Fordham University, NYU Tendon
The welcome meeting in Shanghai consists of two parts. In additional sessions, the members introduced information about the school and some living tips for New York. In the main session, the outstanding alumni shared their experiences and provided tips for landing good jobs. This activity enlarged the networks of new students and equipped them with useful information to help them better adjust to their new lives in New York
Beijing Welcome Meeting:
Location: Columbia Global Centers in Beijing
Partner: CUCSSA, Columbia Global Centers| Beijing, CAABJ
The Columbia Global Center in HaiDian Beijing is one of the branches of Columbia University. We invited the Ms PeiBin, director of the Columbia Global Center, and Mr. Karl Metzner, the chairman of the Columbia University|Beijing alumni association. The members of CUCSSA offered some useful suggestions for new students’ pre-departure preparation as well as some dynamic campus activities. After that, the students were divided into groups according to their majors and had a deep and targeted discussion led by 14 outstanding alumni.
Wuhan and Guangzhou Welcome Meeting:
Date: July10/July 16,2016
The Wuhan and Guangzhou welcome meeting focuses on introducing the culture of Columbia University and providing some tips for living and studying in New York. The questions asked by students are precisely answered in the Q&A session.
New York Welcome Meeting:
Location: Columbia University International House
Back to the main session in New York, we provided more organized, comprehensive and first-hand information to the new students. The representatives of the school and Chinese consulate general in New York introduced campus life and safety precautions for New York, respectively. Additionally, the members of the basketball club, the football club, and the crosstalk club displayed their exciting activities to all the students. It’s worth noting that the arrival of all of the CUCCSA members became a big hit!
New Student Welcome Dinner
Location：Columbia University Low Library
We dedicatedly prepared a big welcome dinner for more than 200 students in the one of the most majestic buildings at Columbia University. All the students from different cities in China celebrated their gathering in New York and began to make joint efforts to start a new life here. If you missed it, don’t worry. The coming Mid-autumn dinner will be more exciting!
New Student Pick Up Service
Apart from a series of welcome meetings, we also offered a lot of welcome activities, including picking up service, handing out student manuals, answering questions online, and so on. For instance, the Pick Up Service this year had lasted for three days and we rented a bus to pick up the students. More than 50 students benefited from our service!
Those of us in the CUCSSA association have devoted ourselves to serving the students. We are learning by doing all the time! Thanks to all of the people who support and believe in us! We ROCK THE WORLD!
The deadline of recruiting the new members for CUCSSA is tomorrow! If you have great passion, don’t hesitate to send your Chinese and English CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are the united, responsible, hard working and energetic team and we sincerely hope you can join us!