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    What are the basic neccessities that every Ross student should bring to the island and for class?

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    Check out the stickey note that Mitch has posted "Frequently Asked Questions". It has an outstanding amount of info.
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    The ability to tolerate paying 1st world prices for 3rd world living conditions (i.e windows that do not close all the way, crowing roosters, barking dogs at 3 AM and so forth.) Oh yeah, american products are hard to come by down here, and if so, very pricey. I suggest you bring at least a month's supply and have your family send you down stuff. And do not worry about customs. When they ask what is in your bag, just reply "school supplies and personal effects". They will not check, unless you act really strange.

    P.S, earplugs, headphones, or a white noise machine would be very helpfull if you are unfortunate enough to have to reside amoungst the locals, they have so many damn roosters that crow starting around 4 AM and the windows do jack to filter the noise out.
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    What to bring

    Although I always heard that the airlines limit your bags, I took massive amounts of stuff to the island before 1st semester and returning from my 1 trip to the states after 2nd semester. Some things that made my life much more enjoyable were:
    1. A foldable camping chair with foot rest!!!! This was the best thing I brought down. I was able to go out in front of PBH and spent alot of hours studying in my chair in front of the beach. I found it really helped to break up studying - you tend to go crazy after studying in your house for hours and hours everyday.
    2. A set of small computer speakers. This was great for listening to music during breaks. My roomate even brought down a Bose Wave Radio, which was perfect for relaxing at night and for post mini parties!!
    3. A bottle of nice Irish Whiskey. I brought Tullamoradu (sp?) with me after 2nd semester and it made for a good nightcap on occasion, hehe.
    4. Sunscreen - it can be hard to come by and expensive for sunscreen that doesn't suck.
    5. Plenty of shorts, shirts, and a couple of large brim hats and sunglasses. One of the most difficult things to get on the island are American style clothes that fit. If you plan on going home before third semester, you can wait on dress clothes, as you will not wear before that. The only exception is a shirt, tie, slacks and dress shoes for the whitecoat ceremony. This is in the first week of class, and alot of people did not have the proper clothes for the ceremony. As you will not wear a whitecoat during the first couple of semesters, I would borrow one from an upperclassman/woman until fourth semester.
    6. I would recommend bringing a laptop with you. You will end up getting alot of notes (Powerpoint) and videos (Hisology, Anatomy, Path) that will be priceless. If you don't have a laptop, you have to trek to the library and wait in line for a computer, and it can be distracting to watch study material while you are in the library. In addition to the laptop, I would also recommend buying a nice headset so you can talk via the internet to people back home. The prices to call on a regular phone are insane! You should definately sign up with one of the internet telephone services (like Dialpad) before you come to the island, and bring a comfortable headset.
    Just one last note. Although some people have posted that you can't get American food, I thought the selection at the Jame's Store and Tina's was sufficient. You might not have 10 different types of toothpaste and 15 varieties of soda, but the essentials are their. I wouldn't waste too much space trying to bring food, unless you have a favorite candy bar, etc. that you just can't do without. Even better is taking a transport (local vans that are the "transit authority" of Dominica) down to Rosseau and asking the driver to let you off at Brizee Mart or Astaphans - these are the two largest grocery stores on the island. Although their prices aren't alot better than James or Tina, the selection is night and day different. They have alot of American goods and booze. I do stress that you should bring plenty of shorts, and shirts - the weather is pretty much warm-hot all day every day, and it is just about impossible to find decent clothes on the island.
    One thing that many of my classmates brought was a bicycle. Although this isn't a bad idea, it's pretty easy to buy a bike from another student. I personally recommend going into Rosseau and buying a Bike from Astaphans (just ask and locals will tell you how to get there). I bought a nice bike for about $150US, and they delivered it down to Portsmouth for me. Unless you plan on getting a car, having a bike makes getting to and fro much easier.
    If you have the time before 1st semester starts, or between semesters, you should take a trip to one of the islands around Dominica. I went to St. Lucia during a break, and was able to get most of the things I was missing in Dominica. You can also load up on good (and cheap) French wine and Brie!

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    I have a USB FlashDrive. It's handy for sharing files without burning CDs. The more megs the better. Securly afix a name tag with email address so it doesn't get lost.

    I have these cargo pants where the legs zip off and turn into cargo shorts.
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    They're very convenient.

    Bring several pairs of good sandals. They're hard to find here.

    And of course there's my PDA with medical dictionary and other goodies. Better than lugging a real dictionary around
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    stop the whining!

    Quote Originally Posted by BrotherMan
    The ability to tolerate paying 1st world prices for 3rd world living conditions (i.e windows that do not close all the way, crowing roosters, barking dogs at 3 AM and so forth.) Oh yeah, american products are hard to come by down here, and if so, very pricey. I suggest you bring at least a month's supply and have your family send you down stuff. And do not worry about customs. When they ask what is in your bag, just reply "school supplies and personal effects". They will not check, unless you act really strange.

    P.S, earplugs, headphones, or a white noise machine would be very helpfull if you are unfortunate enough to have to reside amoungst the locals, they have so many damn roosters that crow starting around 4 AM and the windows do jack to filter the noise out.

    $400/mo for an apartment is not a "1st world price." and believe it or not, there ARE dogs in the u.s., and yes, they DO bark...and they don't just bark from 9am to 5pm when the whole neighborhood is awake.

    don't be like the other students down here who are too ethnocentric and arrogant. just because you're american does not mean the whole world has to cater to you. remember where you are. of course you expect u.s. quality apartments in a third world country, but the apartments down here are tolerable, and some are even pretty good.

    things i suggest you bring:
    1. toiletries -- actually, the basic toiletries are available here, just don't expect to find 10 different brands and scents of shampoos. the main reason i suggest you bring toiletries is because it's just more convenient to already have them instead of going around from store to store looking for what you want.
    2. tupperware -- if you cook a lot. i have yet to find resealable containers here that actually seal shut.
    3. sunblock
    4. clothes for warm weather that are also easy to take care of
    5. first aid kit -- cortisone, neosporin, bandages, advil/aleve, pepto-bismol, theraflu. bring dramamine, if you get car sick. the drive between here and the airport is very "challenging."
    6. blank cd's, external hard drive, or flash drive. i don't know what i'll do without my flash drive!
    7. 1-2 sets of professional clothes will be enough for 1st semester.
    8. insect repellant for going out at night
    9. school supplies -- everything in the bookstore is overpriced!
    10. QUEEN-sized FLAT bed sheets -- because you never know what size bed you're going to get
    11. light blanket, standard size pillowcases
    12. surge protector -- but this is also available here
    13. flashlights -- also available here
    14. battery-operated alarm clock -- you can't plug it in because the fluctuations in current will cause it to be innaccurate
    15. phone -- if you're planning to get a landline installed

    remember: put 1-2 days of clothes and essentials in your CARRY-ON, in case your luggages don't come here on the same day you do.

    hope this helps. good luck!

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