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    Concerns of a New SGU Student

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    I'm going to be starting my first term this Jan 2008 and while thus far my experiences with SGU admin has been fine, I've been having some issues with the fin aid dept (they really are pushing the ED Invest private loans, like they're salesmen, and not really giving me any informed advice) and this has somewhat raised some concerns I have for when I attend the school.

    I just wanted some opinions from students who have already attended or have graduated and to see how you all liked your experiences (as a student, socially, etc.) at SGU and if you had any problems with clinical rotations, getting jobs and even residencies. I realized I may just be getting the last minute jitters, but it would be really very helpful to get some feedback from other students. Thanks!

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    sgu has been around for 30 yrs. no problem in gettint rotations, unlike a praticular carib medschool. def no problems in getting residency and a job afterward

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    Doggiedoc, you ask very reasonable questions. I suggest you just amble through the forum here as these are basics that are well discussed. I can assure you that its all fine but its best if you do the leg work and get the big picture that one can from a multitude of views over time.
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    am deleting duplicate and leaving one in the vet forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoggieDoc View Post
    I'm going to be starting my first term this Jan 2008 and while thus far my experiences with SGU admin has been fine, I've been having some issues with the fin aid dept (they really are pushing the ED Invest private loans, like they're salesmen, and not really giving me any informed advice) and this has somewhat raised some concerns I have for when I attend the school.
    I think I looked into some of the details of the loan, but it was almost 3 years ago...so I don't know if I can ease your concerns. ED Invest seems pretty standard though, for a credit-based loan that is. I have never had a problem but I am still a year plus before repayment needs to enter my thoughts.

    Quote Originally Posted by DoggieDoc View Post
    I just wanted some opinions from students who have already attended or have graduated and to see how you all liked your experiences (as a student, socially, etc.) at SGU and if you had any problems with clinical rotations, getting jobs and even residencies. I realized I may just be getting the last minute jitters, but it would be really very helpful to get some feedback from other students. Thanks!
    I am a little older than the average in my class and am also married. Sooo, I don't go out very much...at least to the club/bar type scenes. I have spent a whole lot of time in Grenada, though, and for the most part have really loved it...even the frustrations.

    From what I hear and from my experience, most everyone gets their first choice as far as clinical rotations for the 4th year. Keep in mind though, if you have a 2.1 GPA, you probably shouldn't consider Penn as your first choice (or Ohio state or Texas A&M and maybe not NCSU). You will be placed in a school, though, if that is your concern.

    I have heard of several students doing residencies and am acquainted with 2 -3 who are doing internships. This path also puts a lot of weight on GPA, if you have that and good recommendations...you'll be fine.

    Getting a job: Don't know, I have said before that, realistically, some might be concerned about hiring a student from a Carib school. I really think this is because they may have little or no experience/knowledge about these schools (Ross has been around awhile though) or their students. The overall demand for veterinarians works in your favor. I would guess (and have heard) that many probably just don't care as long as you have a license to practice (i.e. passed licensing exams).

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    addendum:

    You've already accomplished the most important and probably one of the more difficult parts....getting ACCEPTED!

    Congrats!

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    Thanks! I've been looking around other forums (studentdoc) and feel generally more settled. Unfortunately most of the forums cater to the med students and I was wondering how different the experiences of the veterinary students are.

    I also heard that job wise it's not that bad (from some graduates at the SGU open house) and that once you do an internship (and do well) you can pretty much work anywhere. Don't know how true that is though. I also was told by a friend that he knew a few SGU interns and a resident at the ASPCA hospital in NYC.

    Lastly I just saw the my courses for term 1, scary!

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