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    I am a prospective student to Ross and I had some questions about bringing spouses. Also, if I do get accepted my wife and I would like to have contact with some couples before we get to the island. I am currently waiting on acceptance for January '11. Please email me if you are bringing a spouse for this term. Or if you have a spouse and are attending Ross.
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    What questions do you have? i've got my spouse here and we can probably tell you what you need to know. Also try the Ross spouses organization, who can set you up with a "sponsor" who will show you around and help you meet other couples etc.

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    Well just knowing there is a group for couples helps. What does your spouse do to stay sane? The website suggests reading a book (that really got my wife demoralized). Also how has school and island life stressed the relationship? Do you find yourself fighting? Do you find you have time to go out with other couples? What kind of things do you do? Thanks
    for your reply. Ohh one more thing, do you know anything about couple housing or is it best to find housing off campus.

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    There is no 'couples housing'. Everyone lives off campus. RUH is just a cheap apartment complex(converted hotel) that Ross owns. I recommend living in Glanvillia(15min walk to campus/5min walk to 1st semester classroom, many of us take the local buses to campus for 1.50ec) because it's significantly cheaper than living across the street from campus.

    the RSO(ross spouses organization) that plans 1-3 trips a week for the spouses. If your wife is into hiking there is plenty of it. If she is in to scuba diving there is plenty of that too. There are plenty of hot water springs to relax at. If she's had any fitness goals on the backburner there is a full gym on campus.

    You can't avoid getting a bit bored here so most spouses find some way to leverage their skills. Can your wife teach swimming, tennis, dance, yoga, etc.? Can she cut hair? Does she want to work at the day school? As a bartender?
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    Quote Originally Posted by masscrash View Post
    Well just knowing there is a group for couples helps. What does your spouse do to stay sane? The website suggests reading a book (that really got my wife demoralized). Also how has school and island life stressed the relationship? Do you find yourself fighting? Do you find you have time to go out with other couples? What kind of things do you do? Thanks
    for your reply. Ohh one more thing, do you know anything about couple housing or is it best to find housing off campus.
    The organization helps a lot, as they do a lot of trips around the island, to Roseau etc. as well as volunteer stuff which helps fill in the time. My spouse got a job while here working at the tomato, which is one of the restaurants here. You can also get jobs at Island Thrift for a few shifts a week or at the campus bookstore. Other spouses set up little home businesses. One set up a blog which she uses to sell baked goods, others cut hair, teach classes like tennis or pilates or yoga. There is definitely a lot of free time, but you can make friends pretty easily because so many are in the same situation, i.e. new place and knowing nobody. There is the pool and the beach with which you can fill the rest of the time haha
    The school didn't stress it too much, especially since I don't study at home (too many distractions). Whenever she was bored, she'd come with me to the study area and charge the computer and cell, watch movies etc. and if she was sick of me, she'd just stay home, or she'd have work!
    During the semester, there really isn't much time to do anything crazy, but we usually made it a point to go out once a week and forget about school for a bit. Also depending on how you study, this could change. I knew a few people who didn't go to class and started their work early in the morning to be home by 7 or 8 every night. They went out much more often than I did. Its really all about how you plan your day. We had a talk where I told her that this wasn't going to be a party in the caribbean for 16 months and that I'd be putting work first sometimes. We just put it into perspective where yeah 16 months are gonna be poop and sometimes she'll feel ignored, but its not personal or on purpose, there is just med school amounts of homework to do! So around mini time, she knew I'd be scarce, but other times I'd make the effort to get up a little earlier and work a little faster to get home and spend some time, even if it was just in front of the TV.
    finally about the housing, there is not designated couples housing... Just off campus housing. The rumor is RUH is phasing students out anyways and doing something else with the space. Therefore off campus housing will be the only option. Honestly, on campus housing is garbage, so ur better off this way.

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    Oh and if you have a spouse, don't do glanvillia... its just as ghetto as the rest of portsmouth and you are living amongst the locals. not that they are all bad people, but there are a lot more crappy people there than around campus in Picard. Also, you tend to stand out a lot more being a student there as the population is more sparse. Sure you pay less, but unless you are right by Tina's grocery, the walk is more like 25 minutes to campus (check the ross housing site to see what THEY say the walk time is.. its mostly false). i had a friend living at Leona ******* apartments, and it was 25-30 for him every time, not to mention the ridiculous hills you are walking up and down. He never wanted his wife to be home alone there, let alone walking around anytime past dusk. You are much safer around campus, as although lazy, security DOES patrol the area in their jeeps.. They drive by my place at least once an hour.

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    Can anyone explain the process for getting a visa for my spouse? Is it require? and the Health Insurance ? is it require?

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    there will be a spouse visa application in the packet they send you. its pretty easy, they just gotto get the same medical tests as you do etc. and fill it out. My spouse got her shots done and stuff, but didn't even bother with the application because honestly if you aren't planning on leaving the island every break ur all good, nobody will have any idea because the system is SO unorganized. the only time they will catch it is if you leave and come back and they look at your passport and realize you were here for 6 months without a visa. If anything, just tell them it is being processed... they have no clue. Most people dont even get the visa before they leave. I know of a bunch of spouses who left the island after 4th semester and STILL hadn't received it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Coxy View Post
    there will be a spouse visa application in the packet they send you. its pretty easy, they just gotto get the same medical tests as you do etc. and fill it out. My spouse got her shots done and stuff, but didn't even bother with the application because honestly if you aren't planning on leaving the island every break ur all good, nobody will have any idea because the system is SO unorganized. the only time they will catch it is if you leave and come back and they look at your passport and realize you were here for 6 months without a visa. If anything, just tell them it is being processed... they have no clue. Most people dont even get the visa before they leave. I know of a bunch of spouses who left the island after 4th semester and STILL hadn't received it...
    Just make sure you buy a roundtrip ticket if you don't have a visa. Otherwise they won't let you depart--it's a huge pain in the ***. I had to buy a roundtrip at the airport in the US and then refund half of it.

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    How do I contact the spouses org? I sent an email to rossspouses (@gmail.com) and it got kickbacked.

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