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    Former SABA students out there? need your advice

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    Hi AUA students,

    I'm looking for some tips from former Saba students who may have transferred to AUA.
    I had an unsuccessful 1st semester at Saba despite working relentlessly.
    Can someone who has transferred please tell me how the program / general experience compares at AUA? Does anyone have a sense of the chances of success there for those who didn't make it at Saba? (assuming failure was not the result of giving it the best try)?

    Thanks for any feedback.

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    Hey

    Many saba students have transferred here over the years and have done quite well. I was at saba for the first 2 semesters back in 2011. I did well in first, but second destroyed most of my class. So, many of us decided to transfer to AUA. Since AUA has a brand new curriculum(2 semesters per yr) I had to start over. Saba was just a flat out nightmare. They weeded out so many hard working students just to keep the class sizes small and high comp/step pass rates. If you were good at cramming, chances are you can survive the island.

    Coming to AUA, I had so many thoughts whether or not I can make it through the program. The fear of that exam center, failing, etc followed me over here. It took the first semester to get over that fear. And honestly, it wasnt that bad. The semesters are 5months long so thats plenty of time to learn a subject very well. There are 3 exams per semester plus shelf exams (2nd/4th sem) Plenty of time to learn and retain the material compared to the exams every 2 weeks.

    Its like a night and day difference over here in terms of the stress, exams, faculty etc. They give you chances to succeed. Instead of failing students out, they tend to keep most of them. So its like the exact opposite of Saba.
    If you come over here with the same hardcore saba study habbits and motivation, you will have NO problem passing over here.

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    SouthPacific is offline Junior Member 511 points
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    Thanks. This is very helpful. It's so hard to imagine that med school could be any different from that Saba experience, and I am now applying to several other programs, I am very concerned about what to expect. AUA is really tempting although not having federal loans is a real problem.
    I appreciate your feedback and wish you the best.

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