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I prefer on-campus because I don't have a car
But on-campus housing seems to be very expensive! I prefer complex housing, something hopefully only a few min away from campus and along a bus route. I heard that having a car is necessary since there are clinicals as far as syracuse! Is this true according to your experiences?? What are your experiences like in the BAT program in terms of curriculum difficulty, work load, helpfulness of faculty/instructors??
I appreciate all your help!!! Thank you Thank you!
I'm still waiting to hear a decision! I hope i get into the bat program!
I'll look into some apartments for you. Let me address your other concerns, and I'll get back to you on housing.
Having a car will be very valuable for clinical. I know many of my classmates do carpool to clinicals, but it's definitely more convenient to have access to your own vehicle. My community health rotation is in Tioga County (which is only about 25 minutes away, but still). There are rotations in Syracuse, Pennsylvania (northern, not too far away!), and Delaware County (Delhi, etc.), as well as local rotations. I'd say the majority of sites are in town. The faculty do try to only place people in one of these farther-away destinations for one rotation.
Curriculum/workload: Overall- I'd say the program is more busy than difficult. Keep yourself organized and keep copies of syllabi. On papers, follow the rubrics to the letter! Some classes are more challenging than others- like any program. However, there's diversity. Some BATs with a stronger science background (the bio majors, etc) have less difficulty with patho, but they might have difficulty in other areas. I'm not sure what your background is- mine was psych and I've worked in human services. The most challenging aspect of the program for me was pathophysiology, but I actually find I understand it better now having gone through several clinical rotations. They like to test on application, not memorization, though there are some things you'll have to commit to memory.
Professors: Overall, mine have been great and very approachable. I have had excellent clinical instructors. Many profs will give out their home and cell numbers so that if you have a concern, you can reach them quickly.
Probably the best advice I can give you is to stay focused, stay organized, and be mindful of how what you are learning in class will present in a clinical setting. There will be times you will get little sleep but these will be balanced with times you can rest. Take a day, or a couple half-days, to rest and see your family/friends/whatever you like to do. There isn't a lot of time to play in this program but you will need to rest and care for yourself. I'm making As and Bs and not killing myself doing so. This is a competitive program with lots of highly achieving people. Some people get really wrapped up in grades, but if you focus on learning
, the grades will come and your patients will thank you.
Sorry if I rambled! You can private message me if you would like more detailed information. I tried to keep it a little more general here. Hope to hear from you soon.