Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I finally passed the naturalization interview today after preparing it for 3 weeks. Hooray!!!! It was easier than I thought and took only 20 minutes for the whole process (not count the waiting time for another 15 minutes). The officer was nice and friendly. He went through my document and asked me about my background first. Then, he asked me only 6 questions since I got all right. All the questions were exactly listed in 100 questions in the booklet or study guide. For the reading test, he asked me to read "How many Senators do we have?" He asked me to write the answer on another piece of paper for the writing test in full sentence. That was it!!. Very very easy. I was nervous at the start, but I was finally relieved. There was no pressure at all. Now, I'm looking forward to taking an oath in next few months. And then, I'll be officially an American citizen. :)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
When you're holding a F1 visa (as a foreign student), your freedom is limited in some parts. It is good because you will focus on your study and finish school as schedule. However, you pay for tuition fee is about 3 or 4 times higher than residents if you go to a public college or university because you have to pay additional fee per unit. Of course, the tuition fee for a private college is higher, but you pay the same as a resident. Keep your status legally at all time, so your I-20 is very important. You normally cannot work because they would stamp on your social security card that you're not authorized to work. However, you can work on campus less than 20 hours a week if you are a full time students. Many foreign students work in the office, library, kitchen, depending on job availability. Six months before graduating, if you plan to get some work experience here, you need to apply for practical training and it is good for a year. Contact your international student office for more information. The training is only for students who seek for a degree, not a certificate, and you can have it only one time. So, think about it before you apply.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It doesn't matter if they graduated a nursing program from a 2- or 4- year college, their title will be an RN (registered nurse) because they take the same NCLEX exam. They will also get the same rate of salary. However, they try to make themselves different from each other. One of the reasons is that they believe that nurses with BSN have a higher chance to advance their careers in nursing, such as becoming a supervisor, manager, or administrator. This is not always true because I have seen many RNs with ADN (associate degree in nursing) become supervisors or managers while several RNs with BSN prefer working as staff nurses. From my experience, the competency of nursing skills from those nurses with both degrees are the same because all new grads still need more training or orientation. When they feel more confident, the quality of care is about the same.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The passing scores for immigration process.
TOEFL; Paper-based test - 540
Computer- based test- 207
TOEIC - 725
Additional tests : TWE and TSE ( 4.0 and 50 respectively)
IELTS - Overall 6.5 for the Academic module but a spoken band score has to be 7.0 or higher
From my experience, I took the TSE several times until I gave up and switched to the IELTS which I passed at the first try. For the TSE, you have to be with other people in the same room and try to speak to a microphone so that they can record your voice. The topics that they ask are too specific and gave you about a minute or less to think before recording your conversation. For example, they will give you pictures and ask you to tell the story from the beginning to the end. Another example is how to give direction from one place to another place. Another thing that I don't like about this test is that you have to talk at the same time with other people, so you have to speak loudly. You can be intimidated by other testers.
The spoken English test from the IELTS is different. You have an interview with a live person one on one. You may feel nervous, but an interviewer is normally nice and friendly. He or she just ask you questions from a list and let you talk to a tape recorder. The topics are more general, such as asking about what you think or see about your country. The style of questions might be changed because I had the test 7 years ago, but I think it will not be too hard for anyone. Just relax, calm, and do your best.
Monday, January 18, 2010
1. Graduate a nursing degree from a 4-year college