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How to get a driver's license?

Dear You

Hello, everyone.
Today, I will talk about how to get a driver's license in Minnesota.
The test is consisted of the knowledge test, the visual screening, and the road test. 

The Knowledge Test
It includes both true or false and multiple choice questions about Minnesota traffic laws and road signs.  A score of 80% is required to pass the test. 

Here are some documents that you should bring for the knowledge test.

  • Passport 
  • I-94 card, I-20, or DS-2019
  • Student ID 
  • Social Security Card
  • Money for the fee 
  • Driver's license from your home country (only if you have one)
-An English language translation is needed if your license is written in another language. 
-An international driver's license works as well.   

If you can proof your driver's license from your own country then you don't need to wait 3 months to take the road test after passing the knowledge test.  

The Vision Screening
"Your normal or corrected vision must be at least 20/40, and your peripheral vision must be at least 105 degrees." (p. 6, Minnesota Driver's Manual)

The Road Test 
"The road test consists of a demonstration of your vehicle's safety equipment, your vehicle control skills, and a driving performance test." (p. 6, Minnesota Driver's Manual)

Here is a website where you can find more information about a driver's license.

"Minnesota Driver's Manual" contains detailed information about a driver's license especially for the knowledge test. 

                                                           Sincerely, Sunmin (Sunny) Lee

The Gopher Way


Dear You

Hello, everyone. 
Happy New Year!
I hope you are having a great time.
Today, I will share some information about ways to get to the University from the Minneapolis international airport. 

What did I do?
1. Searched information about transportation at Minneapolis airport website
2. Chose a shared ride service called "SuperShuttle"
3. Asked for a location of "SuperShuttle" at the Lindbergh terminal's information desk
4. Bought the ticket at the Lindbergh terminal's Ground Transportation Altrium
What did I like about "SuperShuttle"?
I liked the service for its' price and convenience.
The price was slightly cheaper than riding a taxi.
The driver dropped me off right at the destination and loaded/unloaded baggages from the car for me. 

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Other transportation  
It might be the most expensive but the most convenient transportation.

(2)Light Rail Transit and Bus
It costs less then $2.30.
It can be inconvenient If you have many baggages or if you are tired. 

You also need to transfer from the light rail transit to the bus #16 at the Metrodome station to arrive at University of Minnesota.

(3)Student Groups
It might be free. 
You can buy a meal for the driver and get to know international students from your country. 

For example, I know that students in Chinese Student Union sometimes provide an airport pick-up for new international students.

You can find your country's student group and contact the group members.

(4)Car Rental

                                                           Sincerely, Sunmin (Sunny) Lee

My little family in MN,


Hello out there!!!!!

How you doing today? Looking forward for Christmas?

Me too, soon I will be at home with my lovely family.

Well, all my family is in Chile, and the last time that I saw

them was on August, 2008. 

Metro Transit


I am back to school after a somewhat restful Thanksgiving break. I did eat a lot of Turkey and watched almost all football games on Thanksgiving day. But now, I am back to school for the final stretch. I am a bit concern about my finals because they account for a huge percentage of the final grade. I think I'll be ok. How are things going on your side?

Over the weekend I was reflecting on how hard life would be if there was not a bus transit system that I could rely on. I have been in Minnesota for a little over 6 years now, and one of the things that I admired the most about Minnesota is the reliable metropolitan transit system.

What we don't know once we are here!!!!!!!!



 Hi out there!!!!!!  How are you doing? (Laugh). I was just thinking how to start to write my blog today, and I just realized that I had a funny experience in the past with the word doing. When I first came here, I had to flu from Chile to Dallas and then Minnesota. 

A Place to Call MY Own


When I arrived in the Twin Cities, I took a cab from the airport  to my very own apartment, which I had found before even coming here.

But, how did I find my apartment from my home country?

Find Those Sea Legs Sailor!

Howdy readers! I'm back! So, today, I'm getting down to serious business and talking about my life as an international student. 

So, what was it like for me at first? 

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