- Alina Selby ’14
- Hometown: Finleyville, PA
- Major: Mechanical engineering
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
Climate and Clothing
Students should come prepared for variable weather: cold winters, hot, humid summers, and pleasant days in between. Winter temperatures sometimes drop below the freezing level. Students should plan to have warm clothing for the winter months (November through April), including sweaters, a heavy overcoat (preferably a lined coat or jacket), and waterproof shoes or boots. An umbrella and/or rain coat are also recommended. Most students dress informally for classes: slacks, jeans, and shirts are acceptable for both men and women. In general, it is advisable to bring adequate clothing for the entire first year, but there are opportunities during International Student Orientation to shop for clothing or items for your room that you might prefer to buy here.
It is not necessary to purchase a computer to bring to the University of Mount Union; there is adequate access to both Personal Computer and Macintosh laboratories on campus. Each terminal is networked to electronic mail through the Mount Union server and to the World Wide Web (www). If you do decide to bring your own computer from home, you will need to be sure that it is adaptable to the U. S. electrical system. Each residence hall room has a telephone/modem connection for a personal computer. You may also wish to have your computer insured. The University of Mount Union cannot be held responsible for your personal belongings.
It is not necessary to bring cooking utensils or dishes, cutlery. It's possible to purchase necessities cheaply locally.
You may be asked to speak about your country or take part in festivities and wear your national dress. It is much easier to bring those things in your suitcase than to have them sent through the mail, so please bring cultural items with you.
Electrical appliances in the United States work on AC 110 volts. If you bring small appliances such as hair dryers that are not wired for AC 110 volt current, you will need a voltage converter, as well as a plug adapter. Because the University of Mount Union has strict limitations as to the type of appliance a student may use in a residence hall, it is wise for students to purchase necessary electronics after arrival rather than bringing appliances and a converter from home.
You will be assigned a user ID which will enable you to use the Mount Union internet server. In addition, you'll have an email account and will receive a complete explanation during International Student Orientation.
Each Mount Union residence hall has automatic, self-service washers and dryers.
When mailing clothes and other items, students should mark the package "used personal effects"; this will facilitate customs clearance. Any items that must be shipped should be timed for delivery after a student has arrived in the University of Mount Union. However, until students know their exact Mount Union mailbox number, packages or letters should be addressed in this way:
c/o Student Mailroom
University of Mount Union
1972 Clark Avenue
Alliance, OH 44709 USA
Mail will be held until the student's arrival. The student mailroom is located in the Hoover Price Campus Center around the corner from the Kresge Dining Hall. Please be sure to include your name in the address and also indicate that you are an international student.
Students who live in Mount Union residence halls will be given specific information about telephone service and usage. All rooms at Mount Union have pre-installed telephone outlets. Each student will be assigned a direct-dial telephone number in his/her room. Calls to on-campus and local numbers are free. For international calls, students are able to use a pre-paid phone card. All Mount Union phone numbers are connected to the Mount Union Voice Messaging System, a computerized recording system on which callers may leave messages; it is therefore unnecessary to purchase an answering machine.