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    My take on Xavier Aruba,

    Well I made it to this Island, I haven't posted anything because I have been swamped with studying. Thus another reason why many current Xavier students dont come on valuemd to often.

    This school facilities are nice, and the teachers are actually good. Alot of the teachers make thier classes boards oriented. And that is most important thing. One thing I didnt know when I got here was, that there is an exit exam that we must take before leave to atlanta for clinicals.

    Immigration is still a huge problem, and it doesnt seem like its going anywhere. One of our teachers didnt even come back to the island yet because of this problem.

    The island itself pretty much sucks. If your here on vacation, then its absolutely amazing. But if your living here, A. you wont have time to enjoy the great things, B. Everything is expensive and C. the living standards suck. There is no such thing as hot water on this island, infact its rare to find housing with hot water. The best time to take a shower is when the sun is out shining bright, it warms the water pipes up. Alot of the apartments are way over priced, and I honestly believe that the students are targeted here big time for thier dollars. Can you find decent housing at a decent price, yes you can, but you have to look for it. I ended up living at Punto Di Oro, owned by this money hungry enterprenuir by the name of *****. His places are really nice, but way to expensive, I took the place because I am here only for 3 and half months, and I was sick paying the hotel. But I do plan on moving out asap. He will charge for every lil thing. Since I am here for a short time, he included plates, pots, pans and ect..for an extra charge, internet is an extra charge, and to top it off utilities are included up to the 100 dollars. He also owns a car rental, and he rents to the students at an overpriced charge of 400 dollars month ONLY if you sign a 1 year contract. If not then 450 a month. Yes a car is necesarry here, if you take cab back and forth it adds, and they also charge in dollars. I recommend that you go to a Surinami indian guy named ******, he is honest, trustworthy and will work out a great deal for you on his cars. Lets just say you will be paying alot less than 400 dollars a month. No the cars are not brand new, they are strictly point A to point B cars with working AC. And thats all you really need. And another tip,,,the housing guys here, they are gonna send you to the expensive places, where most likely they get a kick back.

    As for food, well there are alot of options, there is everysingle rest imaginable here, and they are allover the place. But again it adds up. So your better off doing grocery shoping which is also expensive and making ur own packed lunch. As for the desi people reading this, you can actually buy desi spices, shaan masala packs, and what not at the grocery store,,,even daal. LOl they have a few indian rest here, they offer student specials, at the price of about 10 florins.

    Speaking of florins, most students bring down thier atm card and take money out from the RBTT atms, becaue they dont have an extra charge. I opened an account with RBTT so I can money wired in, I lost my ATM card. So anyways alot of students go to CMB bank, I chose RBTT because A. all the banks here automatically convert your dollars to florins, B. RBTT changes it at the rate 1.77 and CMB at the rate of 1.75, and both banks sell dollars at 1.8. So i chose RBTT for the better rate. Now this sucks, because I am depositing dollars, so when i want to take my dollars out, I HAVE TO BUY THEM BACK. That is complete crap and the lady tells me this is aruba, we have florins here, so everything is in florins. Okay sure thats why everywhere you go, you get charged dollars, and people even give you ur change back in dollars, infact this country runs on the dollar. I was really bothered by it, but again its thier country not mine.

    As for the most important thing, the school is a good school. Its run profesionally. Actually its run like a corporation literally. They are very student freindly and willing to help you. The school is planning on doing some big things this year. Dr. ***** (majority owner of school, and runs the atlanta GMC group) spoke to us and told us that they plan on a new building, they are gonna also plan on a big marketing and informative stratagy to make off shore medical school more of a common and acceapted thing amongst the American medical community. And he sounds like he is on to some big things. He plans on getting this school recognition, and aims at trying to become the number one school in the caribeans. Is it possible??? yes it if you play your cards right. From what I see this administration is awesome.
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    The OP is an employee of the school.

    This school is just there to take $150k from you just in tuition. They will charge you for the time you take after MD5 to study for step 1. I do not think there is any other school which charges students for the academic leave they take to study for step 1.

    Their batch is full of non English speaking horrible students who probably don't even know how to spell 'medicine'.

    Not even a single student from that school has ever matched. Everyone has multiple attempts on both steps. Most of the their students become vendors of medical instruments. The rest give up and do research.

    Their tuition is very high for the services they offer.

    I know two people who left that joke of a school and transferred somewhere else. There is no extravagance in saying that if you ever want to match or have a couple of people who are serious about studies, do not go there.

    Their dean believes that USA will be a spanish dominated country by 2050. He is spanish himself, nothing wrong with that but he himself wont even get even a 140 on either step examination.

    There has been proof and allegations against their professors who sleep with students in order to give them a passing score.

    Well, if you are still going to go there, lets just say you will be very very sorry.

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    First of all if you were actually passionate about becoming a doctor you wouldn't be reading this but than again If you're being forced by your family to become a doctor or are to lazy to take the mcat than continue on.

    4 Reasons why you should NOT Attend Xavier University Aruba!

    As a MD 1 drop out of this horrible med school I advise you to reconsider attending this school. If you are smart and a bit wise you will take my words seriously. I am about to save you over $20,000(1 semester) and 2 years of misery and regret!

    1-First let's talk about the location this university which is no more than 15,000 square feet and lies in the slums I repeat slums of aruba!. It seems like you've entered a 3rd world country with dirty road and dust everywhwere, wild dogs running around the school area, that will chase you!! its literally a s*** hole, and it's overall not a safe place to be in, there's lots of crime as told by one our professor letting us know to be extra cautious when going around aruba but they won't really show that part on the website When it rain the whole school gets flooded because they don't have a proper drainage system.

    2-This school is run by Indians and their main purpose is your money and that's all. They'll work with you on loan aspects and make sure your loan approved kinda like buying a shady car from a shady dealership. They will control you, and threaten you with suspension if you don't listen to the teachers or them.

    3-Let's talk about staff. Most of the staff have not taken their USMLE!! or even if have they haven't succeeded (no wonder they're working there) they have strong Indian accents and you can barely understand what they're saying and they hate when you ask them questions in between their lectures, they will embarrass you for it(they'll tell you that in the beginning) They prepare you for their own school exams NOT the USMLE, their goal is to make sure you pass their exams so you can proceed to the next semester and Pay them again. They treat you like 4th grade students and try to discipline you, they just read off the slides and they're done. That's it!

    They highly encourage self directed learning, again and again and again. Like seriously what am I paying the school for if I have to understand everything myself???

    4- USMLE- these are the words of a professor I don't want to speak his name because my intentions are not to hurt him in anyway but these people running this school need to stop hurting students lives!!! He said "Last three batches of students were not eligible to take the USMLE here at Xavier University Aruba, only one girl was" so out of roughly say 60 students only 1 was eligible to take the USMLE? Like seriously? And they blame the students! Pretty hard statistics and one s***ty curriculum.. Don't believe me ask anyone from MD2 of Xavier see if I'm lying! everyone was there when he said it!!!

    4-Residency- if you're reading this far and are still not yet convinced to stop going this med school then please by all means randomly call up any hospital they have on their website and see whether or not a student from Xavier University works there or try asking someone from Xavier a list of students along with their year that got residencies . I did but I was never provided a list! Even after multiple emails and phone! Please do some simple math after that.

    I screwed up and lost over $20,000 by going there, even after reading all the bad comments, I just didn't believe it was that bad. Don't not make the same mistake I made! I'm trying to help out as many students as possible because I know the struggle so Just please study for the mcat and try applying for the big 6 of the Caribbeans or just change career options, trust me it's not worth it. You will thank me later for this.

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    Do not attend xavier university aruba!!!

    Do not attend this school, take the mcat!!! I promise you will regret it!

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