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    Impresssions of Ross (so far)

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    Even though I've been here only a few days, Ive had some distinct first impressions....



    The welcome committee (and tours) - The welcome committee and campus tour were fantastic, and for my tour at least the 2nd semester students seemed to enjoy themselves and go out of there way to make sure we were settling in.

    My classmates - Overall, they seem like a great group with a huge diversion of backgrounds, personalities, and talents. Compared to US students I've met, overall they actually seem to have much better people skills and are fun to hang out with. Haven't met anyone I don't like so far, although this will probably change as the semester drags on....

    The location - I'm in the minority here, but I actually like being here on the island. I am away from family, but so far I have enjoyed traveling around the island, snorkeling, hiking, etc. I will be living on a Caribbean island for over a year (hopefully!), and many people in the US would pay thousands of dollars to do just that (I guess I am too in a way.) It also seems like a place with fewer distractions when the semester starts.

    Anatomy Lab - I was amazed to see so much technology packed in such a dingy building. Compared to other cadaver labs I've seen, the technology was truly impressive, I just hope there is enough bodies.


    Finding beer - Sold everywhere, just like home. I even liked Kubuli.






    The first day - My first day here was one of the worst days of my life. See next.

    Housing Tour - I didn't have a problem with the people working on the housing tours, but the whole system seems designed to scare away new students. I came after being on a plane for 2 days with 3 hours of sleep. I was supposed to be met at the airport, but noone showed for a few hours ( I came early.) As soon as I arrived, I was whisked into a little van and shown a few places, none of which remotely reminded me of home. I was tired, stessed, and scared but apparently I had to choose housing the same day I arrived because there was no room in ruh. For some reason my ATM was having problems, but I wasn't allowed to use the phone since I had used my one call to reach my family. In the end it worked out, but it seems that many students considered (and a few did) because of these types of situation being too much for them. Also, why can't someone advertise the phone in SGA so new students know where they can make aditional calls?

    Campus aesthetics - I suppose it looks nice for a third world campus, but too me at first it looked run down and "shabby." I am thankful for the basketball court and ocean view though.

    Finding Food - I am still eating one meal a day, I just don't like paying 3x the price for food, the stores seem bent on ripping off students.

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    for food what i did was buy a foot long sandwich from subway, usually the cheapest sandwich, and have them cut it into three. that way i had 3 meals!

    Its really not so bad, time flies when youre busy studying. Just make a good bunch of friends who are there to study and you'll be fine!
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    If you want to do nothing, then you will find an excuse.

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    as far as phone calls, get skype, about 2cents/min even with international calling, (you get a US number), and its similar to Voice over IP. All you need is a microphone, i have one built into my computer, however i purchased a webcam for my family. You can use skype as video chat too. Computer to computer is free. Check it out, worth 5 minutes for a look.

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    CIS worked great for me. It's like Vonage, but on the island. You get unlimited calls to the US for $30US per month. They have a person who fixes an problems same day (which is why I chose them over vonage, etc) and hooks it up for you with a US number of your area code choice. Their number is 448-0474.
    I personally didn't want skype since I wanted to be able to have a phone that is like a US phone (no microphone), call in and call out, and all my friends/family could call me without long distance and use their regular phones. It comes with voice mail box too.

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    another would be majic jack, i think its $60 for unit and 1st year service, $20/yr after that. check that one out too! But i was coming up with an immediate idea for the OP to make some calls.

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    You just moved to a new area, give yourself a break and accept the fact that you will probably be paying more for things initially since you've not had a chance to commiserate with the others and find out the secrets from upper class folks. I remember when I first got there, the housing tour was biased towards friends/family of the people who run the housing dept at Ross. We were shown properties that were owned/operated by friends/family of those ross housing dept staff members, and certain faculty also. After you move in and had 3-4 mos to walk around and visit friends places, thats when you realize the better deals and where they're located (if not closer to school and cheaper than what you're current paying). thats when you can move out of your place and into a new one.

    You will not trust most food initially, and most of the "safer-looking" places tend to be closed between semesters when nobody else is around. After the first mini when everyone wants to party is when you'll find out the good places to eat.

    The island is a scam. Everyone who works for the school (locals, not the professors) has a relative in another business sector on the island that is in a position to potentially tap your wallet for ca$h. As in the example with the housing dept above, the librarian may be a sister of the laundry lady, whose brother is a taxi driver, whose son is a Ross security guard, etc, and they all seem to know who you are even if you don't know them. They will eventually show up to your doorstep one day asking for something or offering something, and many may feel obliged that if you didn't pay your laundry lady an extra 10EC "fuel surcharge," then her security guard brother may look the other way when a crook approaches while you're walking home down a dark trail at night after studying at the library.
    Last edited by Cuando2; 09-01-2008 at 08:53 PM.
    Good luck.

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    You seem like a decent person Zohan, good luck.
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    You def don't have to pay 3x for a fair chunk of food. If you want American-brand cereal or specific foods you may end up paying that. But if you pick up the staples at Tina's, supplement with local fruits and veggies, and eat out sparingly you won't spend more than you would in an coastal American city (probably less than NYC or SF). Once more of the juice shacks open up, get a 50EC juice card and you'll be lovin life.

    Try Hong Kong's 14EC value menu (~$5.50 for a solid serving of Kung Pao Chicken with fried rice) and Kathryn's 10EC lunch (as you walk down the shacks, last one on the left). You can also pick up the fried 'bakes' to kill a lil hunger pang; Magda's has a variety during the day for 2EC (she's across from the RUH entrance).

    After being here for three weeks, the one piece of advice I think is golden is try to talk to everyone. A five minute conversation with your bus driver, your security guard, your laundry woman, etc..... is considered par for the course and will flesh out your knowledge of the intricacies of this place. As long as you are polite, respectful and don't hurry them in any way, you will invariably find yourself the recipient of great information and generosity.

    I guess this post contradicts the last element of Cuando's and I certainly yield to his/her body of experience. Nevertheless, I would be surprised if the locals didn't want to make a buck off of Ross kids. Likewise I would be amazed if a ruffneck from a tin-roofed hut didn't want to run some kind of hustle on an American kid who freaks out when they lose internet. Either way, I feel you're best served by geniality (even if you add a pinch of suspicion).

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    Please do not tell this individual to eat at Hong Kong's. It seems you are new to the island as well so let me explain. That place is dirty. Just stand infront of the restaurant and the smell will tell you to run in the other direction. They do their laundry in the same kitchen sink where they cook their meals. At night, there are loads and loads of cockroaches roaming around infront of the restaurant. One look at the waiter's appearance will make you run in the other direction as well.

    Not trying to hate on the restaurant but there are some places on the island that you should avoid and this is one of them. The food may be cheap but if you are okay with eating food that was probably made with dirty laundry water then go ahead. If you are okay with the smell and dirt in your food then go ahead and eat that filth.

    There are better places to eat: SUGARS (the best place on the island...right next to Hong Kong), Bob's, and Brothers. These places are good and are popular among the students. Hong Kong on the other hand, is always empty....there is a reason for that.

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    zohan, its new, its scarey, and you'll adjust. its a freak out for most people. JUst go with the flow and after a while you'll be an old pro (sorry about the rhyme).
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