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    Accepted January 2016

    Hey guys!

    Just starting a new thread to get in touch with people who are planning on starting at MUA in Jan 2016 (regardless of whether you have heard back about your acceptance)! A lot of us are going there and don't know anyone else so it would be awesome to get to know other students starting around the same time!

    Looking forward to hearing from y'all!

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    i believe u can continue to stay in dorms. it is one time payment for whole semester, but bring extra cash ~$600, b/z sometimes they dont tell you but you need to pay a security deposit + govt tax. meal plan is outsourced to cafeteria (called flavors), it is about $260 for 30 meals (if u eat 3times/day from there, that would last you 10 days (try 1-2 meals a day; while u get used to island, get groceries, then u can live off of home cooking). I hear rawlins dorm doesnt have a stove (dont quote me on that). but potworks has gas stove. so if you get potworks, bring a skillet/pot, stove lighter (not cigarette lighter)... bring local cash (east caribean dollar) for Hbus, grocery.... and if you bring 2+ luggage, try to come direct to st kitts (small airlines will lose your bag and you will be without baggage for atleast 1 week, while mua admin try tracking it down)--- so dont come through st marteen if you have lots of baggage. and pack well, the airport folk dont handle bags kindly, fragile stuff breaks (happened very horribly to my friends stuff).

    sorry i just blurted all kinds of info. lol

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    Hey!

    No ways, all that information is extremely helpful! Thanks's for all the tips, everything you have to say gives us some insight on how to prepare better! Do you think it would help if I stated Potworks in my application (because it's closer to the school) or would they still base it on a first come basis? It says on the dorm form, whether or not we preferred a roommate, do Potworks and Rawlins both have double occupancy? I was just looking at flights a couple hours backs, so thanks for touching on that!

    So meal plans, are probably not the most efficient when it comes to budgeting, lol. Do most students just go to the restaurants or eat at school?

    When did you begin at MUA? Would you know if the library has textbooks we can borrow instead of carrying them all there?

    Sorry for overwhelming you with all the questions, I think it's the 1st semester anxiety!

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    no problem. I think I will have most of your answers. i started a month ago, sept 2015. I have not seen any double occupancy in potworks. potworks is very close to campus (walking distance). thats why i like it better. rawlins is far, you have to take mua bus in morning. I dont want to give you any information to scare you off. but basically anything you get, you will be ok, others are doing it right now. so if you live far, alot of students carpool. in living far, you get more options, lower rents. you can buy a bike, a moped, or a car. many students do that as well.

    There are some non-dorm apartments in the potworks area. so if you do double-occupancy and select potworks. you might get that. and its not bad. so fill it out as you feel you like.

    meal plan is expensive. i would recommend it for 1 meal/day, but when you first arrive, you might want to do more than that. like i said in my last reply. first you can get more from meal plan, and try best to keep switching to home cooking. most students bring lunch from home. There is a microwave in the cafeteria for anyone to use, students line up for it lol. cafeteria is closest to campus, next closest is a 'local @home business' angies (her name is angie... its on 3rd floor of potworks dorm building #2), shes very nice and cooks stuff for the students, next closest is another place also called flavors, ive never been there, only seen it from bus. I hear there is a pizza restaurant near the herbert beach (behind nisbet plantation), but never been that far yet.---- SO inconclusion, not many options for food. my advice, get grocery, cook at your own apartment. unless if you have a car, then the whole island is available to you.

    i began last month, sept 2015 (so maybe im not he best one to be answering these.). library has all the textbooks. you can go there and read them there. and some of them you can rent for overnight. BUT most of the textbooks you can buy online verison (thats what I did), and when you come to campus, ask around, im sure someone will have downloaded them free/illegally (if you know how, you can do that too). I highly advice against bring paper copies, theyre heavier than an average obese american, i joke. but thats up to you, if you really need paper copy, go knock yourself out.

    one very important thing you should know. pack lots granola bars with keeping in mind that you will survive on them for the next 2-3 days. bring refillable water bottle with your carry on- they have water fountains at most airports (remember to empty the bottle before check in). It is tough to the move, but shows you got it in and youre dedicated.

    bring water filter jugs (like brita), pack well or they break.- water is safe to drink, but I filter it anyway (some people even boil, let cool, and then filter)- tropical ship if you can- it says youre from vancouver, canada, so it might be an option for you (i hope it is). some people brought 4-5 bags and got porters to help carry luggage, expensive, but they get settled from just that and dont need tropical shipping.

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    Hi All
    Great job guys. I just sign up. I'm in the Jan2016 class. I like all the get ahead ideas. I believe in team work. Anyways, with regards to the labtops do we need a high end spec., or anything with the required spec will do the job.
    With regard to the text books frickyz mentioned downloads is the best way. If anybody knows how please let us know. I will stay in the dorm first semester, then move to an apartment next semester.
    Thanks evebody for your contribution.

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    specifications stated in your acceptance package are enough. just have daily use programs... word ppt excel, good pdf reader, internet explorer for initial setup, and whatever else you feel will be helpful

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    This is extremely valuable information, I was definitely not even thinking about the water filters! But it's better to be safe, than sorry! Once, I get to the island, which will be a few days before class starts, I'll definitely look around all the places you mentioned to get a feel of the layout and how to budget! I won't be getting a car, at least for the first semester, but maybe later on because of the increase in options!

    I was looking for the online books, so far I found the Genetics in Medicine and Netter's Atlas, so I'm happy to share that with anyone who might need it!

    Check, for the granolas! I totally lived off those in undergrad so, I know the feels lol since, there's not much time for much else, power bars and granola = staple!

    First semester, I'll probably just be bringing 2 bags and hopefully I'll figure out the rest once I'm there because I'm sure what the airport/country customs are like. The tropical shipping is a great idea, although I did hear about the delayed shipments/lost because they couldn't find the island (really?), I'm looking into that now! Thanks for the tip!

    Also, do you think we need all the equipment for the lab? Dissection sets and all? I read some much older posts about not needing them all, but I wasn't sure.

    I hate to be bombarding questions at you, but would be able to put some light on how the 90 days return trip and student visa works?

    Thanks a bunch!

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    Congratulations on your acceptance, Nanajoy50! I hope to see you there in Jan! I agree about teamwork, wholeheartedly lol

    I mentioned in the other post that I found a couple books (Netter's and Genetics) just by googling them so definitely give that a try! If you can't find it, I can email you the links!

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    Hey GettingAhead and All Jan 2016 Class,
    I think I forgot to congratulate you all for making it to the class of Jan 2016. Congratulations to you all. Hope to see you soon. I have a feeling this class is gonna be one of the best class ever if we put our resources together and come along side each other and realize that we are not competing against ourselves but against our brothers and sisters in the united states then everything will be fine. Because unity is strength. I believe MUA selected each one of us based on a special skill, specialization or some sort of background and if we as class will tap into all the individual skills, knowledge, experience or specialization we will be better than any single individual.
    Thanks frickyz for all you wonderful info. I think you should be a mentor for freshmen in MUA. GettingAhead, I am still having a hard time finding the PDF books for the first semester. Please post the link I am not sure if I can post my personal email on the blog???.
    If any one has some more links to the books download please post it for us all. THANKS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanajoy50 View Post
    Hey GettingAhead and All Jan 2016 Class,
    I think I forgot to congratulate you all for making it to the class of Jan 2016. Congratulations to you all. Hope to see you soon. I have a feeling this class is gonna be one of the best class ever if we put our resources together and come along side each other and realize that we are not competing against ourselves but against our brothers and sisters in the united states then everything will be fine. Because unity is strength. I believe MUA selected each one of us based on a special skill, specialization or some sort of background and if we as class will tap into all the individual skills, knowledge, experience or specialization we will be better than any single individual.
    Thanks frickyz for all you wonderful info. I think you should be a mentor for freshmen in MUA. GettingAhead, I am still having a hard time finding the PDF books for the first semester. Please post the link I am not sure if I can post my personal email on the blog???.
    If any one has some more links to the books download please post it for us all. THANKS

    I agree, Nanajoy50!

    Here's the link to the Genetics in Medicine:
    file:///C:/Users/Sans/Downloads/m5zn_2d7629afb8397ef%20(1).pdf

    And here's Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy (You would need a dropbox account for this):
    Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy 6th Edition PDF - DoctorsHangout.com

    Hope that helps!

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    Hi Gettingahead,
    Thanks for the links I got home late form work I will check it out and let you know. Hopefully I will not have any issues downloading. Later! nanajoy50

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