Check-in is the first thing you do as a college program particiapnt. When you accepted your college program you chose an an arrival and departure date. Check-in is on your arrival date. You will receive your housing assignment, keys, housing ID, program guide, everything you need to get started. You'll be notified of your check-in time 5-10 days before your arrival date.
I don't arrive until January 30th (the second to last arrival date!) but I asked someone who arrived this week, January 10th for her experience with check in so everyone else has a point of reference. Thanks Jennifer!
What is the check-in process?
When I got to the first station at the clubhouse I had to show the cast member my boarding pass (paper with the barcode) and I received my program guide, which showed me my apartment number and how many roommates I had. At the second station I got my picture taken for my housing ID card. At the third station I had to show proof of identification and received the communicator (a cast member newsletter/calendar).
How long did it take?
The entire check in time took about 5 minutes. I didn't have to wait in any lines.
Was there a place to store luggage?
There was no official storage room for luggage. The cast member at the first station told me to leave my luggage outside by her. She told me to take my purse and anything of value.
Most people will also have casting on their arrival date, but some will have it the day after. Casting is where you go and get finger printed, have your I-9 documents scanned, and do some paperwork. You will also receive your traditions class time and classroom training schedule during casting. Jennifer also answered some questions about casting for you!
How long was casting?
My casting time was 12:30PM, however they were running behind so my bus didn't leave Chatham until 1PM. My casting took about 3 hours.
Were people allowed to drive to casting?
People were allowed to drive, however it was recommended to take the bus.
What did you need to bring to casting?
I needed to bring a copy of my itinerary, my program guide, my social security card and my driver's license (or whatever documents you're bringing for the I-9 form).
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