Welcome to the United States of America and to Schaumburg, Illinois! The following topics pertain to your stay in Schaumburg and the greater Chicago-land area.
Climate and Clothing
You should come prepared for changes in the weather; very cold winters, hot summers, and pleasant days in between. The temperature frequently drops to 30°F and below (-7°C) in winter and rises to 90°F (32°C) in the summer. Plan to wear warm clothing during the winter months (November-March). A good winter coat is a necessity along with a scarf, gloves, and snow boots. Clothing for rainy weather is also needed.
Schaumburg Christian School does maintain a school dress code. For details about expectations for on and off campus, please refer to the Dress and Appearance Guidelines. When deciding which kind of clothing to pack for your move to the US, you may also find it helpful to bring national costumes to wear to certain campus events and international celebrations or to speaking engagements around the city, but this is a matter of personal choice.
When you arrive in any US city, do not be passive about your personal safety. Common crimes, such as robbery and theft, are unfortunate aspects of today's society. While certain situations cannot be prevented no matter what precautions are taken, there are a few things you can do to decrease your chances of becoming a victim of crime in the US:
- When traveling, do not carry or display large amounts of money or jewelry. Instead, carry traveler's checks, redeemable for cash at most banks and stores, or use major credit cards, such as VISA, Mastercard, and American Express.
- Be careful with your personal belongings. Always keep money, jewelry, and valuable documents in your possession. Do not leave them in your luggage, in a "storage locker," or in a locked car.
- Do not go out alone at night. If you must go out alone at night it is better to take a taxi to and from your destination.
- If approached by someone demanding to take your money, do not resist. It is better to lose your money than to risk your safety. In the case of such an incident, notify the police as soon as possible. Throughout the United States, the emergency number for the police (as well as to contact the fire department or an ambulance) is 911.
- Be careful when accepting help from strangers; they may not be trustworthy. Ask a police officer or other person of authority for information.
- Beware of "con artists" - these are individuals who offer you money or the opportunity to make money in exchange for some small service or assistance from you. Never, under any circumstance, give money to such a person.
- Identity theft has become a growing problem in the United States. It is important that you guard all of your personal identity documents such as your passport and visa, I-20 document, as well as credit card and bank account information. If you obtain a Social Security Number while in the US you must also guard this information carefully. Before discarding, it is recommended that you shred any documents containing your personal information such as those mentioned above, as well as any credit card solicitations you may receive in the mail. Finally, refrain from carrying any of your important personal documents unless absolutely necessary and keep these documents safely stored in your home or in a security account at a local bank.