Q: When can I move in?
A: Scholars may move into Housing up to 10 days prior to the Pre-Enrollment/Orientation or early in June if you are taking the Summer Enrichment Program. If you need to move-in earlier, you must email Angela Moura in the Real Estate Office to make arrangements.
Q: I came to visit, but I don’t remember the furniture arrangement in Aron Hall
A: Your room in Aron Hall will have a desk and hutch, a bookshelf, a dresser, and a bed frame with a double mattress. The common room has at least a couch, a few chairs, a coffee table, a pantry and a kitchen table with chairs.
Q: Can I change or remove my furniture?
A: No, these furnishings may not be removed or stored outside the suite; outside furniture, such as mattresses and couches, may not be brought into Aron Hall. Occupants must obtain written consent from the Real Estate Division prior to making any alterations or installations to the bedroom or suite. Alterations and installations include, but are not limited to, the installing of any flooring, carpeting, wall coverings and moldings.
Q: Can I decorate?
A: Absolutely, after obtaining written consent from the Real Estate Division. You can paint your room but it must be restored to the original color (white) prior to moving out.
Q: Can I move within the building?
A: Yes, you are allowed one move during your residency in Aron Hall for free (after that, there is a moving surcharge of $250 for each move). The transfer information becomes available in November and transfer applications are submitted through the winter. The majority of room changes take place in late May early June.
Q: What’s the internet/phone/cable/electric situation?
A: Each room is equipped with the internet (ethernet) free of charge. Landlines must be set up through Verizon. Most rooms are wired for this. However, if your room is not, beware that the set-up fee can be expensive. Many students stick to their cell phones or set up one land line for the apartment for local calls and emergencies. Cable is a similar situation, where most rooms are wired, but it must be set up through Time Warner once you arrive. Electric is through Con Edison; you must call to also set this up. It is very likely that cable and electric will have already been set up in your apartment by the pre-existing occupants. One person in the apartment receives the bill each month and is responsible for collecting the money. These charges (cable/phone/gas and electric) are the students’ responsibility.
Q: Where can I find my daily schedule?
A: Your daily schedule is found through Google calendars and will be released over the summer once the schedule has been completed.
Q: What are the textbook requirements?
A: Books are very independent! Look for used books online (www.bookfinder.com searches a variety of used book sites, including Amazon and Half.com). New textbooks can also be purchased in the kiosk on the first floor in the Annenberg building. The book list requirements, if any, will be available on Blackboard under the intended course.
COMPUTER AND LIBRARY RESOURCES
Q: Can I buy software through the school?
Microsoft and Adobe
Mount Sinai students are eligible to purchase selected Microsoft and Adobe products at a discounted price through the JourneyEd Software web-site (http://www.journeyed.com/select/go/MSMTSINAI). You must register with a valid Mount Sinai email address to qualify for the discount. Additional information may be requested to validate your registration such as a Mount Sinai ID. Please see the Purchasing Requirements (http://www.journeyed.com/page/purchase_requirements) page for details.
For more information about software: http://www.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/computer-services/software
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Q: What is there to do?
A: You have an entire city at your fingertips, and that can sometimes be overwhelming. One good resource is MSSM’s Recreation Office. Once you have a student ID, you will have access to inexpensive tickets to Broadway shows, athletic events, operas and ballet. Your third, and best, resource will be your classmates and upperclassmen. There’s plenty of time in the beginning for you to explore the city together, and many people who have lived in the city for a while will love to share with you their favorite spots and activities. Also, check out www.nymag.com for the “Best of New York” and www.timeout.com/newyork to find out about upcoming events in the city, and also www.uppereast.com to find activities in the neighborhood. In addition, you can get free passes to the 92nd Street Y, which is accessible through MyGSocial (http://www.mygsocial.com).
Q: What kinds of student organizations are there at Sinai?
A: There are organizations that cover every possible interest (and if you want something that isn’t here, petition the Student Council to start your own club!). There are interest group organizations for most of the medical specialties and research areas, clubs that focus on international health, groups that fight for social justice, etc. There are also non-medicine related groups such as Sinai Arts, which puts on coffee houses, dramatic performances and art shows. There are softball and soccer teams and even a cooking club. It is not too difficult to find something that interests you. And, from the moment you arrive on campus, your email will be filled with announcements of club meetings offering free dinners to introduce you to their organizations.
Find mentors that remind you of why you came to Mount Sinai in the first place. If you start feeling really stressed or having trouble in school, do not hesitate to talk to someone.