Before arriving to the USA, there were a lot of forms and other bureaucracy you had to care of. And this experience continues also when you enter the USA.
While you are on your J-1 visa, it is not trivial to travel around. I was able to travel to Canada, Costa Rica, and Panama during my Fulbright year, but there are some things one must take care of first.
Sometime in December, you will receive an email declaring the dates of the spring enrichment seminars. Unfortunately, this is the only info you are given, and thus cannot decide the city you want to attend it in. The results were sent out in the first days of January. I was chosen as an attendee at the New York City Enrichment Seminar.