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    biochemistmd is offline Newbie 512 points
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    Any tips for an incoming student for the term of August,2018 ?

    I am accepted to start Medical School at St George's Medical school for the term of August,2018. I would appreciate any tips that could help me with my study,life in Geenada, life in campus ....etc?
    Thanks for taking the time to consider my thread. I will be coming from Chicago, Illinois by the way.
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    I am currently in my last term on this island, so perhaps I could give some good input.
    If you do decide to come here, be prepared to hit the ground running. The curriculum is tough and if you cannot self-teach yourself nearly all of the material, you are pretty much doomed. While there has not been very much actual attrition to this point (seems to be highly exaggerated tbh), many people have repeated terms, effectively delaying their residency applications by a year. There is not much of safety net if you run into academic problems either. Additionally, this environment is not for everyone. I have absolutely hated my time down here and have been literally counting down the days since the moment I got here. The island is ugly, impoverished, and physically isolated from the rest of the world as well. Grenadians are also quite unfriendly and there is an ever present threat of being robbed/assaulted after you lose the housing lottery and they force you to move off campus after your first year. While a minority of people (less than 10%) seem to thrive and legitimately enjoy their time here, I can tell you that the lack of convenience combined with the stress of medical school really begins to take its toll on you with time. There a few places that students go to hang out at after exams and such, but food options are VERY limited. The island is also uncomfortably hot year-round with brutal humidity that is only made worse by frequent power-outages that disrupts your AC. Ignoring the fact that we still need to face the impending hurdle of board exams and the uncertainty in the match, if I would have known my time down here would have been so miserable, I would have seriously reconsidered rushing down here after undergrad. Being a student here in many ways is sort of like being incarcerated and is not a life that I could recommend to anyone in good faith. If you think you will be in the minority of people who thrives down here and can survive dozens of high stakes exams, then this may be a good place for you. Just keep in mind, that there is little room for error and as others have pointed out, it just gets weirder as you go along. Good luck.
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    I have absolutely hated my time down here and have been literally counting down the days since the moment I got here. The island is ugly, impoverished, and physically isolated from the rest of the world as well. Grenadians are also quite unfriendly and there is an ever present threat of being robbed/assaulted after you lose the housing lottery and they force you to move off campus after your first year. While a minority of people (less than 10%) seem to thrive and legitimately enjoy their time here, I can tell you that the lack of convenience combined with the stress of medical school really begins to take its toll on you with time.

    I honestly don't know a single person in Grenada who dislikes it this much. Go to places Grand Anse beach or Concord Falls and you will see
    some world 'class views---where would you rather be? Buffalo? Kansas City? The campus itself is right on the southern shore and it's a relief to walk down to the beach and take in the view....
    Also, I don't know anyone who got assaulted by locals. You get some attitude, and I have had a couple guys cut in front of me in the grittier sections
    of town, but assaults are not common. Dominica or Nevis or St. Lucia (which have Med Schools) would make you feel a lot more isolated than Grenada.
    As far as 10% thriving, did you pull that number out of your derrière? Students are young and resilient and seem to be enjoying this island
    just fine...

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