Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 19

Anyone out there have info on the school in Arecibo, PR? It is a 24 month program that begins in August. I'd love to hear anything, thanks. zzzzzgirl... Read More

  1. by   designer-mommy
    Those maps are kinda useless here in Puerto Rico. When I go, I usually take #1 from Caguas and it's on the right-hand side, right after you pass a Toyota dealership on your right and an Econo on the left. As soon as you see the Econo (it's a grocery store) you take the next "exit" on the right. You just kinda merge, it's not a hard right.

    You can also take the expressway, Expreso Las Americas or "PR-52." I'm not sure of the exit number though, sorry! But, you can see the school from the expressway. And they have a big tower that sticks out pretty tall, so that can help you a bit. Maybe PR NURSE can come in and tell us the exit number. I don't usually pay attention to the numbers, I just know when to exit. And I'll ask my hubby when he wakes up if he pays attention to the number. It's hard to give directions here, and probably even harder to find anything since a lot of street signs are just non-existent.
  2. by   labsrock
    Wow, thanks so much PR Nurse, we really appreciate you taking the time to inform us. Best of luck to you!

    I'm starting in August and I'd like to start looking for a roommate. If anyone on here is interested in sharing a house or apartment let me know! I hear homes can be rented in the 500 to 800 dollar range. I have a super cool yellow lab that I'd like to bring with me If I can be sure he will be safe. He's basically like Marley from Marley and Me but without all those serious behavioral issues lol. I'm a guy here, I'm easy going for the most part. Into cars, sports, and tech stuff. I have an interesting medical background as well if any of you have questions feel free to ask via PM or if you are looking for a roomie as well post to this thread and we can share information and tips!

    Look forward to meeting everyone who is starting in August!
  3. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from labsrock
    I'm starting in August and I'd like to start looking for a roommate. If anyone on here is interested in sharing a house or apartment let me know! I hear homes can be rented in the 500 to 800 dollar range. I have a super cool yellow lab that I'd like to bring with me If I can be sure he will be safe. He's basically like Marley from Marley and Me but without all those serious behavioral issues lol. I'm a guy here, I'm easy going for the most part. Into cars, sports, and tech stuff. I have an interesting medical background as well if any of you have questions feel free to ask via PM or if you are looking for a roomie as well post to this thread and we can share information and tips!
    I would also like to find a roomate or two and prefer to live with males, gay or straight, just prefer males. I would like to be close to school. Yeah the beach would be nice but too expensive and too far from school.

    I am in my 30's and would like roomates that span from mid 20's to mid 40's. I am into yoga and Burning Man type stuff. I am not super clean. I keep the common areas clean but I am no means a neat freak. This is probably why I prefer males. In fact I would like to hire a once a week maid if others are up for it.

    I am hoping to go out first or second week in June to look for a place but I don't speak more than 5 words of Spanish.

    Feel free to PM me with additional questions.

    labsrock you have mail.
  4. by   mike.choley
    Just curious, has anyone received their acceptance letter yet?

    I'll be down there in July. Maybe studio, maybe room ate, but I need to live near the beach...
  5. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from mike.choley
    Just curious, has anyone received their acceptance letter yet?

    I'll be down there in July. Maybe studio, maybe room ate, but I need to live near the beach...
    Mike are you planning to come in July and then just stay? You are not planning to do a house hunting trip before hand?

    I would love to live near the beach but it is the most expensive. Although I am using Craiglist which is not a great resource in PR. I used the other one that designer mommy mentioned but there is good search features and a lot of people don't post photos. Well I have not serious house hunting as it is too early.
  6. by   labsrock
    The school hasn't sent an official letter yet, they are still reviewing transcripts it seems. I think with all that has been said about traffic in the area it would be a good idea to live close to the school. I don't need to have high blood pressure just trying to get to class every day hahaha. Realistically speaking, someone could go to the beach on the weekends if that is a priority for them. It appears I need to increase my post count before I can receive instant messages on here.
  7. by   GRADRN2010
    Quote from metrogirl
    I'm graduating in May from undergrad and am considering flying out afterward to look at neighborhoods and secure housing as well. I haven't gotten a decision yet, but don't doubt that I will soon. Does anyone have any neighborhood recommendations? From what I've been looking at online, Miramar, Isla Verde and Condado seem to be what I'm looking for.
    You sent me a PM but I cannot reply since I am not allowed to send PMS b/c I need about 5 more posts.

    I can answer your questions but you will need to send them again....to this "quote."

    I received my acceptance letter after I arrived at the program...yes, after. I received mine when I came to the IAU in person and picked it up at admissions (immediately to the right when you walk in main building.)

    I think many students did their licensing through Wisconsin b/c it was cheap and the paperwork was easy...I think you can do any state you want though. In our case, WI. will ALWAYS be our main license but we can endorse it anywhere and keep up CE for all the states we/you are licensed in.

    I REALLY recommend reading about NCLEX (this is to everyone) b/c there are many "paperwork" things you need to know about it. Do not ask ?s you can look up on your own. You need to know all the steps and they are clearly listed at NCLEX Examinations .

    You can leave the program with your ADN (as you can anywhere) and get licensed as a nurse after taking NCLEX. Realize...you most likely will not get a job as only an ADN. Im applying for jobs now and 99.99999% require BSN.
  8. by   GRADRN2010
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Below is the link to the Google map in my maps. However in my maps there is a star where the actual school is. When I click on this link there is no star but it gives you an idea anyway.

    Google Maps

    On a map it would be near the intersection of HWY 1 and Interstate 18. You cannot see it at this intersection though (expressway.)

    Take 18S from San Juan to Hwy 177. Go West to the second light (empty lot on right and gas station across from that.) Go right. IAU on left. Park in garage. $2.00.
  9. by   GRADRN2010
    Quote from Cahoon
    I am new to this website and just found your thread through google. I have recently applied to IUPR (like last week) and now i'm totally freaked out that I won't be able to start in Aug 2010 as I would like to. Is it really that difficult to get information about acceptance? I am applying to the metro campus and I can't even seem to figure out where it is on the map, i've gotten so much conflicting information even on that simple task. Can someone tell me where the metro campus is located? This is where the English Trimester program is i'm assuming. If i'm wrong someone please clue me in! Thanks, and thank you to all the previous posters who have shared their experiences and information. I hope i'm not too late to get started in the August class.
    Thanks!
    At this point you best bet would be to visit the school. Yes, all the poster are correct...you will have little luck on the phone and almost none via email.
  10. by   GRADRN2010
    Quote from mike.choley
    Thanks PR Nurse!

    When I visited the school the nursing coordinator told me that since I spoke Spanish that I could be certified to work as a nurse in PR after my first year since I would technically have an ADN. Is this true? Do any of the students do it? I know the money isn't great, but it would be great to be accumulating experience while finishing school. Thanks again!!!
    There is one student who does work at a hospital here. They speak espanol tambien but it took 4 months to find a job and it was only b/c they knew someone. You think the school paperwork is a pain....the PR nurse licensing paperwork and process is a NIGHTMARE.

    People....beware....you need lots of things notarized here...by lawyers and fees are at least $25 per paper, usually more. Find a lawyer friend here fast!

    Bring ALLLLL your original paperwork (birth certificate, ect.) when you come but NEVER EVER give an original to someone, it will get lost, I promise.
  11. by   designer-mommy
    Oh man, about the notary thing, I just couldn't believe that there were no notaries here that weren't lawyers, but yep...just lawyers. I am used to the states, where I could just go to Kinko's and pay $10 and get something notarized. Not here. Like the poster above said, the cheapest is $25. When I got something notarized, the lawyer basically interrogated me to make sure everything was correct LOL

    As for the traffic that someone mentioned, I'm not going to say that you WON'T experience a bunch of traffic, because you will, however, you won't get the worst of it. The worst traffic is going toward San Juan in the morning, and away from San Juan in the afternoon. That is the worst.traffic.EVER. So many people from different towns work in San Juan, probably 9-5 jobs a lot of them, so that's why it's so bad at those times. Going into the metro area at 4 or 5 p.m. isn't going to be ridiculous traffic wise, but I'm not promising that it will be completely traffic free, either. I get there the fastest when I take the expressway. I'm just saying, in my opinion it's worth it to consider other towns that aren't directly next to the university, or the beach for that matter. You will pay WAY less, and going to and from the school isn't that bad. Plus, you won't be too far from the beach no matter where you live here! Sure, you may not be right on top of it, but no one is too far from the beach here in PR. It takes us probably about 30 minutes, maybe a bit more depending on which beach we go to. Luquillo is my favorite, it's beautiful! I still say check out Caguas, it's awesome!
  12. by   nauhjat
    I will be looking for a roommate too. The more the better because PR is expensive. As long as you are not planning to lock me or any other roomies/ classmates in the freezer its all good. LOL
  13. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from nauhjat
    I will be looking for a roommate too. The more the better because PR is expensive. As long as you are not planning to lock me or any other roomies/ classmates in the freezer its all good. LOL
    Actually, rent in PR is very, very cheap compared to other places. In Orlando, I could barely rent a 3 bedroom shack for less than $1,000. Here, you can find a nice 3 bedroom house in a good neighborhood for $500. I was looking in this free paper we get every week here, and I saw a bunch of 3 bedrooms with lights and water included for $500-$600. I think one was even in the $300s! That is just insanely low, and they're not in the projects or anything LOL This was in Caguas, San Lorenzo and Gurabo, but the commute is very doable.

    Now, you will pay dearly for groceries, lights, etc. Well, if you like Puerto Rican food you can get groceries pretty cheap. Things like rice, beans, etc. are cheap. Thank God I LOVE Puerto Rican food

    However, no car insurance payment and the cheap rent kinda balances it all out. If you guys can become roommates you'll be living very good!

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