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    Why portland maine?

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    It seems like a cruel joke to make students that have lived on a tropical island move to the northernmost extreme of the USA to attend fifth semester. After all the schools main office is in New York, why couldn't we go there?
    Portland is a pretty place with a lot of picturesque places. But unless you love to drink, hike, and gaze at the ocean, it is BORING!!!
    We are still looking, but so far we can not find any real nightlife except for restaurants, which by the way mostly close at 9pm. There are no places to go dancing, unless you count a couple spots in old port but they hardly classify because they don't have a dance floor. You just hang around your table and gyrate to rock, or hip-hop or eclectic trance crap. And from what we have sampled, the food is not very thrilling. I'm sure the owners of the school have their reasons for sentencing us here, but We can't wait to be free of this cold, culturally monochromatic backwater.

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    Lobstah uh yuh

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    I don't know why you're complaining. You're there to study, not to indulge in the food or the night life. Do yourself a favor and hit the books.
    Last edited by acknowledge; 09-12-2011 at 04:04 PM.
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    Well, living on an island you don't even see the beach all that much when you're in school. Imagine how much free time you will actually have when you're preparing for the step?...none.

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    Wow i guess i cant speak for anyone else clearly but i didnt think maine was that bad when i was up there

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    You're less than a semester away from taking a Board Exam that has a DRAMATIC Impact on whether or not you can obtain a residency spot in your desired specialty. Get your priorities in check.

    While you're off trying to find a club that you can "drop it like its hot at", other students that will be applying to the same residency programs as you, are studying and preparing to take the Step Exam. Work Hard Now, Play Later.
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    I tend to believe spending 16 hours a day staring at books isn't very productive. The time I spent studying for my boards was the most free time I had since starting med school. I did all sorts of fun stuff. This kept me relaxed and made my study time more productive. I can see where the OP is coming from.

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    I think I should make a small clarification. I am not a party animal but I understand the need for recreation as well as study. Medical studies have proven that you can not learn 24 hours a day. You have to rest and recharge. Dancing is not my way to party or meet other people. it is my exercise. You see my spouse and I dance as a workout and we don't drink or stay out late partying.
    And I would like to say that if you were on the island and did not see the beach then it is your own fault. I took my books right down to shipwreck beach and studied while listening to the surf.
    In order for your studies to be productive you have to balance study and relaxation, your brain can only absorb so much.

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    Portland, Maine, is an absolutely beautiful city. No, it ain't New York or Los Angeles, but it's not supposed to be, and there is plenty to do if you are remotely eclectic in your interests... and the study scene is the most important thing of all. In my opinion, the appropriate response to this complaint would be "Suck it up and buckle the bleep down."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Torres View Post
    Well, living on an island you don't even see the beach all that much when you're in school. Imagine how much free time you will actually have when you're preparing for the step?...none.
    I had lots of free time when I was preparing for the Step. I never studied past 10 pm at night, usually ending by 9 pm. After that, it was my time to wind down and do whatever, which was always watching a movie, and sometimes going out to dinner. I had no problems passing the Step.

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