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    turn_and_burn is offline Newbie 510 points
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    So... probably a stupid ? but do most people tour campus before they apply, or after gaining acceptance but before responding to the school? Or do most people even visit campus at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turn_and_burn View Post
    So... probably a stupid ? but do most people tour campus before they apply, or after gaining acceptance but before responding to the school? Or do most people even visit campus at all?
    I didn't tour campus or even look at many pictures before coming down. I was accepted pretty close to the start of the term, though, with about 2 months to get everything in order. I am guessing that most students don't visit before coming down.

    If you can spare the time and money, it is probably not a bad idea to come down and check everything out.

    I hear that you can be reimbursed for travel expenses if you come down to visit and are subsequently accepted, but I don't know the details.

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    I signed up sight unseen also. I did my research on SGU by basically reading through lots of posts on VMD and looked around the schools website on curriculum/tuition/licensing. I am a relatively adventurous type of person by nature and figured that if so many people could attend and succeed from SGU then why would I have a difficult time.

    Just have realistic expectations of an island that has a population of around 100,000 people. I was living in Los Angeles with a population of about 4 million with 10 million in LA county so I have had to really adjust to the pace of this place but just do the time and soon you will be in a better place.

    My take:
    The weather sux: it's HUMID and HOT. Hey, I'm from so cali, so I NEED perfect weather.

    The food: HORRIBLE.. there is a reason why you don't say "hey, I feel like caribean food." Remember this island was heavily colonized by Brits and we all know about their delicacies. But if you are willing to spend some cash, you can eat at decent places.

    The people: Many are relatively unfriendly and lazy. Most of the islands industries are actually controlled by syrians, Europeans, Americans, and Indians with the natives doing menial and clerical work. I think they resent that. Just look at who owns all the resorts and big construction companies that employ most of the locals. Also, read up on Calvigny island resort, A Brit (I think) has bought the rights to develop the entire island and is making a posh resort. The resort has some REALLY nice technology on it, check it out. However, there are some nice and decent people and crime is low.

    The Culture: There's not really a culture like you would have in India/France/Germany/China but the caribbean islands are pretty much like that. I could NEVER raise my family here and I think America is acultural. But Grenada is a cultural waste land in my opinion.

    The scenery: The water is NIIIICE! It is warm and clear not cold and dark like the pacific ocean in cali. However, after hurrican Ivan, many of the beaches shoreline has shrunk and that is a shame. But the beaches are by far the best draw for this island. Especially from those goofy looking europeans that can be seen exposing massive consolidation of adipose tissue. The locals also think that if you're white and from europe/america then you must be RICH. Little do they know that most people who vacation are actually middle class folks just like themselves. But a middle class person in europe/america is relatively rich as compared to their counterparts in developing nations.

    The school: It is adequate and actually better than many of the small colleges in america. The vet school is basically being built from the ground up as they are about to open up the new vet building on campus. I have gone into great detail about the school on this board, so I won't add too much.

    Transportation: If you live in the main areas where students live like grand anse, lane aux epines, true blue, then you will have NO problem getting around. The bus system for students is better than any college i have seen. It is kinda like the trams at amusement parks, if you just wait at the stop, the bus will be coming by soon and they run late. So I give it big props for that!

    If you want more info, just ask!

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    turn_and_burn is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Thanks for the great info! I'm still debating whether I should apply for Jan of 08 or Aug of 08. I really want to get started on my education!!! But I'm almost still wondering if I should give my home state school another try. Apparently, I was "really close" to getting an interview last year... whatever that means. Really close to getting an interview doesn't mean really close to getting accepted. It's not like I was waitlisted or anything. Only problem is... I haven't finished my ** yet. After this semester I'll have all my coursework completed, I just have my internship. I've been putting that off since I'm not going into that field anymore and I see an internship as a wasted 450 hours of unpaid labor!!! How badly would that reflect on my application, do you think? I mean, not having my ** completed even though I'm real close?

    What's it like flying down there? I admit, I'm a nervous flyer! I tend to get real claustrophobic in sitations when I feel trapped (like on a plane/elevator) and I've never been on anything smaller than a 757! Should I pack lots of xanax???

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    Quote Originally Posted by turn_and_burn View Post
    Apparently, I was "really close" to getting an interview last year... whatever that means. Really close to getting an interview doesn't mean really close to getting accepted. It's not like I was waitlisted or anything. Only problem is... I haven't finished my ** yet. After this semester I'll have all my coursework completed, I just have my internship. I've been putting that off since I'm not going into that field anymore and I see an internship as a wasted 450 hours of unpaid labor!!! How badly would that reflect on my application, do you think? I mean, not having my ** completed even though I'm real close?
    Its a tough call, it sounds like you might be pretty young since you're just finishing the B.S. (sorry if i'm wrong) so I might give the state school and others in the U.S. another go...but I know what you mean about wanting to get started.

    While I think it is a good idea to finish your B.S., at least 1 person in my class (American) came before finishing and is one of the top students. Many British students and possibly those from other European countries have it different and basically start here without having an undergrad degree. A few in my class must have started their 1st term here when they were 19 or so. I guess my advice would be to finish, but it probably won't affect your chances if your GPA and GRE are solid.

    Quote Originally Posted by turn_and_burn View Post
    What's it like flying down there? I admit, I'm a nervous flyer! I tend to get real claustrophobic in sitations when I feel trapped (like on a plane/elevator) and I've never been on anything smaller than a 757! Should I pack lots of xanax???
    If you fly American Airlines (AA) a sedative of some sort may be indicated as a moderately large prop plane is the only means at the moment. Another possibility would be to get to New York and fly Air Jamaica which has 737 or DC 10 (or something) service down here and is a relatively short flight (4 hours?). I usually fly AA.

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