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    Some questions for Students currently at Ross

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    Hi I am a black female who will hopefully be starting Ross in may '09 if succeed in the MERP program. I just have a few questions...

    -What is the BSA like? What do you have to do to join and what are some of the activities.
    -What is the percentage of Black students at Ross? What is the ratio of male to female?
    -Is intramural basketball big down there?
    -Does anyone know of any locticians in the area where I can get my locks maintained?
    -Has anyone experienced in racism at Ross from other students, faculty, or Dominicans?
    -Any good advice on being successful at Ross, study techniques etc...
    -Also advice on dealing with the pressures of med school in general, for example becoming burnt out, what to do with free time (if there is any)
    -What is the social scene and dating scene like. Is it possible to find "the one" down there or will we be too busy studying our butts off?
    -Is tutoring available?
    -Are students pretty cool about forming study groups and encouraging each other and so on.. I have heard some horror stories about students in US med school sabotaging each other
    -What is life like on the Island?


    I know this is a lot to ask but if anyone can shed some light on any of the questions/ concerns I have it would be much appreciated.

    -Akos

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    I'm currently avoiding studying - so I'll answer some of your questions (see what to do with free time).

    1) I don't have a lot of experience with BSA, but they do have some cool events that everyone attends (there was a party at Memory Lane a couple weeks ago). Most of the clubs here you just show up or pay a very marginal sign up fee.
    2) Ross is one of the most diverse places as far as student make up I've ever seen. There are plenty of black, indian, asian, white, hispanic and any other type you can think off. Ratio of male to female seems to be about even - but hard to tell.
    3) All the intramurals are pretty big. Nothing tops football, but on almost any night of the week there are people playing basketball
    4) I have heard of a couple people who do locks on the island, but no personal experience
    5) In the time I've seen on the island I haven't seen a lot of racism. Do the locals stick together? Certainly and they do kind of see all american students as ATM machines, but other than that I haven't seen or really heard of any thing.
    6) To be successful at Ross, keep your head down and stay focused. Read the slides, maybe BRS books, do questions. Mainly utilize your time well and don't spend too much time on valuemd.
    7)Everyone burns out, you just have to remember that there are things you like doing other than studying and reward yourself for working hard. Seems like you like to be social and play basketball - so I'd stick with that.
    8) For the most part everyone is pretty friendly here. There are people who date, and there are people who hook up etc. The thing to remember is you leave after 16 months and you may not be doing rotations at the same place - so my advice would be to keep it casual on the island
    9) There is PLENTY of tutoring available. There are anatomy TAs, neuro TAs, general TAs. Theres some almost every day of the week at varied times. It doesn't come to you though, you have to make sure you go.
    10) I've heard horror stories about someone screwing people over, but for the most part in the first few days your here, you'll probably find some people you click with and study together. People are competitive but not the detriment of each other usually.
    11) Life on the island is what you make of it. There aren't a lot of distractions, but there are some if you really need one. Access to food isn't the best, but other than that you spend the majority of your time in the books.

    Hope that answers some questions... back to studying.

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    I second it, people here are not out to screw you. Upper semesters help you out by telling you what points the profs focus on and they even provide tutoring. It is a different atmosphere than my undergrad where people use to sabotage people's lab experiments.

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    havent seen racism yet,

    class/mediasite, eat, study, sleep, study, eat, study..(life on island)-u get the point.

    i find sleeping(alone) my biggest stress relief technique. i actually enjoy my sleep time.. its precious.

    havent seen sabotaging yet. upper sems are extremely helpful, i agree.
    a lot of help is available if u go/ask for it.

    dating? whats that?
    If you aint got it in your genes, sweat it out.

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    The only dating I see is from 1st semester. Maybe 2nd. After that, your only dating will be late nights studying with your pharm packets.

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    Thanks you guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustango View Post
    The only dating I see is from 1st semester. Maybe 2nd. After that, your only dating will be late nights studying with your pharm packets.
    Don't joke. Babbini's packets are HAWT!
    So get on with it!
    What does not happen today, will not be done tomorrow, and you should not let a day slip by.
    Let resolution grasp what's possible and seize it boldly by the hair; it will not get away and it labors on, because it must.

    - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust I, Zeilen 224-230

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