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    Hey guys/girls, I am new to the board but I am been surfing it for about 4months now. I attend depaul university in chicago, il. I will be done with all my requirents at the end of the quater and will be applying this summer for May '06. MCAT will be taken in August '05. Just like most of you guys I have everything here... friends, family, hobbies... etc... my question is how hard is it adjusting to life on the island? do your family&friends visit? or you guys simply go home on break? I would love to get an idea... I'm sure everyone in st. maarten(auc students) was once in my shoes... and once you get there... how hard is it to make friends? although I go to a University I feel like Im in highschool because most people anywhere belong to some sort of "click" or group of friends...? thanks

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    Re: island life... friends and family... AUC?

    Quote Originally Posted by princehaider
    Hey guys/girls, I am new to the board but I am been surfing it for about 4months now. I attend depaul university in chicago, il. I will be done with all my requirents at the end of the quater and will be applying this summer for May '06. MCAT will be taken in August '05. Just like most of you guys I have everything here... friends, family, hobbies... etc... my question is how hard is it adjusting to life on the island? do your family&friends visit? or you guys simply go home on break? I would love to get an idea... I'm sure everyone in st. maarten(auc students) was once in my shoes... and once you get there... how hard is it to make friends? although I go to a University I feel like Im in highschool because most people anywhere belong to some sort of "click" or group of friends...? thanks
    my question is how hard is it adjusting to life on the island?

    it's not that bad. although it is a 3rd world country, there are a lot of things like a 1st world country. we have running water, electricty, and even cars! joking aside, it's not bad at all. we can get a lot of stuff here that is in the US. for instance, i bought a george foreman grill at ace hardware. the only thing is that it is a little more expensive. other than that, it's 'almost' like home.

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    Hi there! I am from the Great White North (Michigan) too so I know what you will be leaving to come here! Adjusting to the island isn't that hard if you are flexible and patient. I come from a small town to it wasn't as big of an adjustment for me as it will be for you if you are used to a big city.
    If you have been reading this site for awhile then you know that I came here alone and left my husband and kids back in Michigan. It was not easy to get used to being alone but I have found that the spouses club and quite a few of my fellow students made it their aim to help people like me adjust. Yes there are "clicks" here too but I have not found them as excluding as the ones you may have experienced in undergrad or high school. You will make friend and develop a study group quite quickly as everyone here is in the same boat you are in and we all look to each other for help and support.
    The island is beautiful but also 3rd world. You can find most things you use in the states but you may not find it everytime you go to the store. You will also need to get used to waiting. Things here happen on St.Maarten time which is not the kind of schedule you are used to at home. You must remember to greet people and be kind and repsectful if you want to get any kind of service anywhere and they will remember you if you are rude for the entire time you are on the island.
    I do not regret coming here for even a second and I DO NOT miss the cold and snow!! My brother has come to stay with me until I am done here and other family will be visiting soon. I also go home at every break because my one ticket is much cheaper than the 3+ for my family to come here for my break. You will find time goes fast and that you will have lots of people who will want to visit so don't worry.
    Have you thought about applying for Jan 06 instead of waiting for May?

    Well Good Luck

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    Re: island life... friends and family... AUC?

    Quote Originally Posted by princehaider
    Hey guys/girls, I am new to the board but I am been surfing it for about 4months now. I attend depaul university in chicago, il. I will be done with all my requirents at the end of the quater and will be applying this summer for May '06. MCAT will be taken in August '05. Just like most of you guys I have everything here... friends, family, hobbies... etc... my question is how hard is it adjusting to life on the island? do your family&friends visit? or you guys simply go home on break? I would love to get an idea... I'm sure everyone in st. maarten(auc students) was once in my shoes... and once you get there... how hard is it to make friends? although I go to a University I feel like Im in highschool because most people anywhere belong to some sort of "click" or group of friends...? thanks
    In the beginning, it was a little bit difficult to adjust. I mean, you're living in another country. After a while, you get used to it. Everything here is somewhat similar to the states, although finding where everything is is tough in the beginning. It is also really easy to make friends here. I mean everyone is going through the same thing as you are. As far as family, most of the students just fly home during semester break. It's actually not that bad here. Hope that answers some of your questions.

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    auc life

    Depaul requires that I take a few religion classes to graduate so I have to wait till end of '06 march tri-semester, currently I am working with a plastic surgeon here to build my resume some more... Baditude ur remarkable... I only have to worry bout my self and am nervous you left behind hubby and kids... kuddos to you!

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    oh yeah...

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    I just shoveled out hmmmm... about 14 inches of snow here in Chicago, "wish I was there," I was thinking that as I broke my back shoveling my driveway!

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    i dont miss the snow one bit......i lived most of my life in chi town....now in good old sunny florida...except when i am in prison on a caribbean island....

    about life on the rock...

    it isnt bad....once you get busy everything goes by quick and by the time you notice the semster is over and you are back home for break....

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    Re: island life... friends and family... AUC?

    Quote Originally Posted by princehaider
    Hey guys/girls, I am new to the board but I am been surfing it for about 4months now. I attend depaul university in chicago, il. I will be done with all my requirents at the end of the quater and will be applying this summer for May '06. MCAT will be taken in August '05. Just like most of you guys I have everything here... friends, family, hobbies... etc... my question is how hard is it adjusting to life on the island? do your family&friends visit? or you guys simply go home on break? I would love to get an idea... I'm sure everyone in st. maarten(auc students) was once in my shoes... and once you get there... how hard is it to make friends? although I go to a University I feel like Im in highschool because most people anywhere belong to some sort of "click" or group of friends...? thanks

    I think it is a once in a life time experience to live on island for extended time of 20 months which I am near to that end finally. Personally I did not go home until last Winter break which was right after 4th semesters-I went home right after first semester done- and It was truly amazing to be home in the states! I had some "culture shock" when I landed at Atlanta International to get on my delta connnecting to Denver CO. I noticed my space and time orientation was needed to be adjusted after living one year on the Rock straight. was it kind of Tom Hanks Cast away?MAybe.... The island here is small and people are every where and parking can be difficult and driving is stunt for real. But the life on saint maarten is not bad at all but it takes sometime to get used and you will actually begin to enjoy here....mosquitos and bugs are something to get used to and frequent water shut off and lights out are challenging but AUC has own power generator, which is nice...

    Next day after arrived home, Went to Best buy store and I was again amazed and the huge yuppi organic food market in the downtown Denver. Everything was nice and smooth in the states and I began to appreciate the States more than ever since!

    Caint wait to go back ...I think this is another reason I dont want to go to European clinical this summer. I am a patriot now.

    enoy your time in the states. :P


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    wow.

    I personally dont think that I can stay there for one year straight, but it seems like everyone there is cool and quite supportive...

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    It's not bad at all. What, with this new thing called the Internet, I keep in touch with most of my friends and phone my family every so often.

    As for adjusting to island life, here are the biggies:
    1) You have to be a very patient driver
    2) You have to be an alert driver
    3) You have to be patient and kind to everyone
    4) There is no good sushi here.
    5) There's only one shopping mall here, and it's very very expensive.
    6) Don't like cigars? Better start learning.
    Posterior Fornix.

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