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    Culture shock anyone?!

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    Wow. I sure have learned A LOT in the past 2 days here on the island. I sure wish I would have arranged to have someone show me the ropes when I arrived. Learned quite a few things already while down here. 1. Don't drive, unless you have too, take the bus instead. You can get from the school to Cost-U-Less for $1.50 each way. Sure beats renting a car and paying for gas and sitting in traffic forever. 2. Customer service is not really exsitant. Don't expect it. Maybe I've not been here long enough to make many judgements, but I have learned so much and learn more each day. I went to that Japanese resturant in Mullet Bay and payed alomost 60.00 for a meal I could have got in charlotte for 10 bucks with TIP. The service was horrible and the food was not worth the money. I met Dr. Johnson in the office once I checked in, she introduced herself and said I wouldn't see her until Med. Psy. I was pleased with my apartment. It was clean and neat and had everything I could need for school. The beaches are just as I imagined and more. We spent today swimming and snorkeling and had a blast. Tommrow is new years so no stores are going to be open to finish shopping before school starts. I guess everyone goes through the shock when they arrive. I am from West Virginia thought I had it rough there, well I'll gladly drive 15 miles to the nearest store instead of sitting in congested traffic here. I am more than excited about starting school though. I walked around campus and am very very pleased with how things are set up. The facilites are clean, modern, and have everything I could want. I'm not going to complain anymore because I came here to learn medicine, not be a tourist. I'll learn the ropes soon enough. Till then, wish me luck. If anyone wants to stop by im in 106.
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    congratulations and welcome to the rock. that's how life is like... enjoy it for the next 5 semesters! all the best
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    lol lol---you have 20 months of this---

    thank god i have only 4 more months----

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    In a couple of days, you'll get the hang of things. You'll get comfortable, learn to love the island. Then you will start to hate it, swear you are never coming back. You will count the days until you leave. Luckily, you'll be busy enough it will go by quickly. Then, after a few months away from the island, you will really miss it, and all of the friends you made there. Enjoy yourself. Good luck with the studies. G
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    Ditto what G said.

    My only advice is give respect to get respect. The locals won't give you the time of day if you act like a spoiled american tourist. Just be friendly, acknowledge that you're not in the USA, and that US standards don't apply to SXM...it works on its' own time. Sit back and enjoy...

    Best of luck!

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    Soon enough you will think you're going to need a car! Especially when you haven to run errands at odd times, work around your exams, go somewhere the bus don't go, etc.

    That Jap restaraunt in Maho is actually one of the best in terms of quality and service.

    Traffic is only bad at certain times of the day in certain seasons. You need to learn the bridge schedule by heart.
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    People always give the advice to greet the worker before you expect them to do something for you. LIke the lady at a checkout in a grocery store, they say "Be sure to tell them Hello! before expecting them to ring up your groceries." In my experience, I say "Hey, how's it going?" and I get a blank stare in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aychamo
    People always give the advice to greet the worker before you expect them to do something for you. LIke the lady at a checkout in a grocery store, they say "Be sure to tell them Hello! before expecting them to ring up your groceries." In my experience, I say "Hey, how's it going?" and I get a blank stare in return.
    Yeah...usually pleasantries such as "good morning" or "good afternoon" seem to work best...less ambiguous that way.

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    i had 20 months to try that. nothing i said or did would get them to give me customer service. toward the end, i gave up and just accepted the fact that locals just dont care. its all about themselves.

    ZERO business mentality....... or maybe they know that they have a monopoly because its such a little island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott1981
    i had 20 months to try that. nothing i said or did would get them to give me customer service. toward the end, i gave up and just accepted the fact that locals just dont care. its all about themselves.

    ZERO business mentality....... or maybe they know that they have a monopoly because its such a little island.
    True, True!!

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