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    doctorron is offline Junior Member
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    Advice needed from SABA student for Canuck Sept 2003 student

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    Hi my name is RON! Ill be heading down to Saba this Sept 2003. I would really appreciate an answer to the following questions:

    1. Where do i get scrubs from and how many pairs do i need?
    2. R there a lot of insects on Saba (in the dorm or other housing)?
    3. What kind of toiletrees can i NOT get on Saba (shaving cream?)
    4. Where do we eat during our first semester and how expensive is this? IS there a meal plan or do we have to buy individual meals?
    5. What foods CAN'T i get on Saba? (I luv my chocolate almonds)
    6.Do we need single sized bed sheets or twin sized bed sheets?

    Sorry for all these questions, im a little PARANOID
    Also any CANUCKS heading down this Sept? Im from Vancouver BC and was wondering if any Canadians r heading down?

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    Scrubs

    Hi Ron,
    As far as scrubs, try allheart.com, they have decent prices. I am not sure about the color. Bring maybe 4 or 5 (that's just me, I like to be fresh as a daisy for my cadavers) . I think we have Anatomy lab every day in the first semester.
    In regards to food and toiletries, you may get more accurate answers from some of the current students. I know some things are available (not sure if your favorite brand would be), but the prices tend to be higher.
    There is a Sam's Club on St.Marten, so they may carry a wider selection.
    Sheets: full size bed
    Not sure about insects, I would bring some bug repellent. I am sure all of the windows have screens.
    From what I have read on this forum, students go out once a day to a local place and the cost of food usually runs about $100.00/week. Maybe less since we're students, some places may provide a student discount.
    I don't know if the school has a cafeteria.

    Hope this helps

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    I am Canadian

    Hey Ron,

    I'm from Saskatoon, SK and will be going down in Sept as well. Nice to know that there are other Canadians going down. I can't help too much with your questions, but I know that everyone says bring bedding for twin size and there is no meal plan, so depending on you, it might cost $50-75 american to eat per week. I'm pretty sure that you can get whatever bathroom stuff you need on the island, but just more expensive, so I think I'm just going to bring 3 of everything. That should hold me til x-mas. 8)

    Moose

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    Scrub

    You can get scrubs from Wal-Mart at 8.99 each, very good quality. I plan to buy 2 -3 set for myself. I am from Ottawa and going to SABA on 05/04

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    THANX U GUYZ!

    Thanx everyone for ur replies. Some of the stress with leaving as now been alleviated. However, I still would like to hear from current students at Saba too!

    What's up MOOSE! Iv never been to Saskatoon, but iv heard its quite nice there. Its good hear that another Canadian will be present in Sept 2003 class.
    If you work your BUTT off, you can accomplish
    ANYTHING!

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    Saba

    This is a copy of what I've been sending everyone... I hope it helps. If you have any more questions just let me know.

    By your questions, I am assuming that you are going to be living in the dorm for the first semester. The dorm is actually a descent building. It is very comparable to dorms that you would see at any other universities. Two to a room with two beds, two desks, a bathroom and two closets. They supply a pillow and bed clothes however I am advising you to bring extra bed clothes. Those that are here are questionable You will have a microwave and fridge in your room. Do bring microwaveable tuperware and metal utensils. Bring cups/mugs to drink out of. The dorm has 19 rooms and one "balcony" common area. There is a common bathroom out there and a cafeteria in the bottom part. As you may or may not know, the water is rain water. It is collected under the dorm in a cistern. That is the water in the toilet, shower and sink. Some people will drink it and others won't. There is always a potential shortage of water and there is a water conservation mindset... ie. cowboy showers, avoiding unnecessary flushing, etc. Don't worry about bottled water, there's lots for sale.

    Other absolute, I can't say it enough, absolute equipment is:
    a. laptop
    b. portable USB storage device (ie. Sony microvault or SanDisc Cruizer) for transferring large powerpoint slides in class
    c. power bar
    d. blank CD-R's
    e. if you have a cell phone now, bring it. It may work down here with the local carriers. If it does, you can get it set up prepaid ($10 a month card) and all incoming calls are free. The dorm phone is hell.... someone always on it... often the same person 4-5 times a day for 30min at a time (I can't imagine there phone bill). Oh and don't make collect calls to home. Use the school's internet access - email and/or messenger to set up times and tell them you made it.

    f. One Really, Really, big Canadian Flag (Of course)

    As far as books go, there are only a few worth owning... BRS Gross Anatomy, Netter's Atlas of Anatomy, Developmental Embryology (Pursaud), any descent histology book (maybe). I won't say the rest are a waste... it depends on how much you want to read. Most of the students can't find time to read the Moore book - Clinical Anatomy. It is very good and I have just taken a copy out of the library and read it. Most, if not all books, are available in the library. As far as should you buy them and bring them, or buy them here.... it's up to you. You will definately get books for next to nothing down here but people will be hesitant to let the books I just mentioned go. I would never let any of these go.... so you can decide. I bought most of these second hand through the online stores... ie. Amazon.com in the used section.

    With regards to travel. My advice.... check your bags all the way to Saba, know the weight restrictions and devide up your stuff to fall below (I know a lot of students who payed $100s on extra charges). Many people arrived without there bags right away but they all got them later that day or the next.... so.... pack some clothes and a bit of food in your carry-ons.

    I am almost completely funding my education through a student line of credit from the Royal Bank of Canada.

    The island is amazing. It is exactly what you see in the pictures and NOTHING else. The picture of the campus, dorm, and towns is it. Trust me, they aren't hiding anything. I came from a small town so it wasn't a big adjustment. Some people are finding it hard because they're on their own for the first time or because of the small size of the island. Most of us eat out once a day at a local restaurant and we have a meal plan there. Plan on spending about $75-$100 a week on food. It's a bit less for most of us because of this meal plan.

    At the local shops, you will find all of the personal hygiene products you need. Most of the major brands are there.

    Ironically, a lot of the food stuffs at the grocery store are from Canadian companies.

    There's a lot more things I should probably say but am forgeting. Please feel free to ask me anything else that comes to mind. Oh... one more thought... I arrived early - one week early. This gave me time to meet everyone as they arrived. I made several strong friendships and learned the ropes 1 on 1 with senior students. If at all possible arrive on the Wednesday or Thursday before you start. One week early is a bit long.

    Hope that helped. Let me know.

    Cheers,

    Jeff

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    Jeff,

    Thanks man, really appreciate the info. Do you know anyone with a Mac on the island? I'm thinking about bring my PowerBook laptop.

    Ron,

    Saskatoon is nice, but only a quater of a million people, so a little small. Now I have to find a really big Maple leaf 8)

    Moose

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    Mac

    Never seen anyone with a Mac... just PC laptops.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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    questions about Saba

    Hi there,

    To answer your questions, you'll need to bring about 4-5 pairs of scrubs down to the island. Anatomy lab was only 3 days a week during my time there, but it may now be 5 days. Still, a clean set of scrubs is always good, both for you and your fellow cadaver-mates. You can buy them from Allheart.com, but if you have any friends in the medical field, you could have them bring you some. 8)

    There are a reasonable amount of bugs, being in the Caribbean and all, but there's plenty of Off and other fun citronella products to burn. They won't bother you too much.

    You'll be able to find all your toiletry needs on the island. They may be a bit more overpriced, being imported and all, but you'll find everything.

    During the first semester, there's a meal plan available at the dorm, I believe. It'll provide you dinner cooked at the dorm. Lunchtime usually consisted of trips to the Roti-lady or some nearby restaurants for about $7. There's plenty of food available. You could even make your own lunch and bring it down with cold cuts and stuff that you can store in your frig.

    You'll be able to find most all of your favorite foods, though you'll find that they might not be the same brands. I know that they used to import food from Florida, but there are some other places too (like Holland, obviously). The chinese restaurant on Windwardside was a great source of cool foods.

    Twin sheets. Preferably Jersey cotton. Silk sheets are cool ... but they get hot :P

    Tony

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    Great Post

    Excellent post by Jeff. I would only add that you need to bring a red hat to wear in Anatomy Lab .

    Best of Luck!

    Good work on Black Monday Jeff!

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