Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 8

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. Visit  ChanelCinq profile page
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    Quote from designer-mommy
    Hey ChanelCinq! I have to email you back again
    No worries at all. I know we emailed back and forth but I meant to thank you publicly on the boards for all the info you posted. It was a huge help. I would have had no idea about the car insurance thing. And that classified site was extremely helpful. Many more postings than CL.

    I will probably go visit in July to find an apartment and take care of stuff. We should meet up.

    Of course I am assuming I will be accepted. I don't know if they turn people away but they are now listed as on on the accelerated BSN programs on that national list. A couple months ago they were not there. I don't know if they will get more applicants or not because of that listing.

    Anyway thanks again for taking the time to post so much helpful info.
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    Quote from ChanelCinq
    No worries at all. I know we emailed back and forth but I meant to thank you publicly on the boards for all the info you posted. It was a huge help. I would have had no idea about the car insurance thing. And that classified site was extremely helpful. Many more postings than CL.

    I will probably go visit in July to find an apartment and take care of stuff. We should meet up.

    Of course I am assuming I will be accepted. I don't know if they turn people away but they are now listed as on on the accelerated BSN programs on that national list. A couple months ago they were not there. I don't know if they will get more applicants or not because of that listing.

    Anyway thanks again for taking the time to post so much helpful info.
    Ohh, I didn't know that! Hmm, looks like I need to get my butt in gear and do the nursing school song and dance LOL We went up there a few weeks ago but it was just ridiculous. The director was wayyyy late (as in not even there yet!) and there were a few people ahead of us already, so I just went to see "E" and called it a day. Definitely let me know if you come over here in July. Also, for you and anyone else on here, just let me know if you have any questions about anything. It's extremely frustrating for me, and I can just go down in person to get things accomplished. I can't imagine being across the ocean and trying to deal with their less-than-stellar phone etiquette over here. Either they don't answer, don't have time to bother with you, or keep transferring you into an abyss. The culture over here is very different and extremely laid back. It's not just like that at the university. Calling any business over here usually leads to frustrations. I guess you get used to it, but sometimes I miss the States, where things actually get done LOL

    Anyway, I'm glad to help in any way I can.
  3. Visit  designer-mommy profile page
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    Oh, and just to give you another idea about how laid back and mixed up things are here, most of the doctors don't make appointments. They give you a specific day to come, and you have to get up at the butt crack of dawn and write your name on a list, at like 5 a.m. Then you come back at around 8 a.m. and pray that your name was one of the first on the list so you don't have to wait ALL DAY LONG to get seen. I first found that out when I was pregnant. I wasn't supposed to eat because they were doing a blood test, and I got there around 7:30, hadn't eaten anything, and we didn't get called until 3:30 p.m. My hubby went down at 5:30 a.m. to sign us up too. I seriously felt like I was going to faint, not eating anything all day. The doctors say that they don't make appointments because people don't show up for them. Nice, huh?
  4. Visit  PuertoRicoLocal profile page
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    Well,i know that as part of your nursing program you will be learnig spanish( i have seen that they learn fast and so will you) and if you can get by english alone?? ...well the answer is yes and no,but if i were you i woud be at least learning the basics of spanish

    Most people here seem to understand english but not everybody is fluent,It really depends in what area of the island you are,but since you are going to the metro area(were the inter is located)you shoud be fine,but plzzz make the effort to learn spanish..sooner or later you will have to use it.You can also make friend who are bilingual once your are there, it will be of help.........o and french and spanish are not alikeeeeeeeeeee i take class with a french speaking canadian and i can tell you that i can barely understand what she is saying whe she speaks in french(but she says that is easier for her to learn spanish...so who knows).....PS sorry for the english, i am not a good english writer
  5. Visit  PuertoRicoLocal profile page
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    And what designer mommy says that the culture here is a very laid back issssssssssssssssssssss so freaaaaaaking trueeee(not that i know,cuz i have never been outside the island...lol)
  6. Visit  ChanelCinq profile page
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    Quote from designer-mommy
    Oh, and just to give you another idea about how laid back and mixed up things are here, most of the doctors don't make appointments. They give you a specific day to come, and you have to get up at the butt crack of dawn and write your name on a list, at like 5 a.m. Then you come back at around 8 a.m. and pray that your name was one of the first on the list so you don't have to wait ALL DAY LONG to get seen. I first found that out when I was pregnant. I wasn't supposed to eat because they were doing a blood test, and I got there around 7:30, hadn't eaten anything, and we didn't get called until 3:30 p.m. My hubby went down at 5:30 a.m. to sign us up too. I seriously felt like I was going to faint, not eating anything all day. The doctors say that they don't make appointments because people don't show up for them. Nice, huh?
    That is hilarious! I can laugh at it because it reminds me of some of the third world countries I lived in, like Malawi. Come to think of it in Malawi I could see a doctor straight away. You didn't make an appointment but there was not a wait. I lived in a small village.

    Though, I don't think it would be so funny if it was me having to wait all day.

    designer-mommy keep posting these things and maybe if there is any competition they will read stuff like this and decide they don't want to live in a pseudo "developing country." Then we will no longer have any competition.
  7. Visit  ChanelCinq profile page
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    Quote from PuertoRicoLocal
    Well,i know that as part of your nursing program you will be learnig spanish( i have seen that they learn fast and so will you) and if you can get by english alone?? ...well the answer is yes and no,but if i were you i woud be at least learning the basics of spanish

    Most people here seem to understand english but not everybody is fluent,It really depends in what area of the island you are,but since you are going to the metro area(were the inter is located)you shoud be fine,but plzzz make the effort to learn spanish..sooner or later you will have to use it.You can also make friend who are bilingual once your are there, it will be of help.........o and french and spanish are not alikeeeeeeeeeee i take class with a french speaking canadian and i can tell you that i can barely understand what she is saying whe she speaks in french(but she says that is easier for her to learn spanish...so who knows).....PS sorry for the english, i am not a good english writer
    Oh of course I will learn Spanish if I live there. I have never lived in a country and not attempted to learn the language except Malawi. But in Malawi everyone speaks English as it was colonized by the British. And they have many languages. The official language was not even spoken in the village I lived in, they spoke a really hard dialect that was only used in the north. Even the courts were conducted in English. A local fiend was falsely accused of something and I went with the rest of the community to support him. I was shocked to hear only English in the court.

    Even when I was in Indonesia for several months I learned some Bahasa Indonesia. That has got to be the easiest language on the planet. I could have full on conversations with locals. The language only has one tense. Forget about past, present, and future, there was only one tense. I ate. I am eating. I will eat. I will have eaten. Etc. Only one phrase to say the same thing.

    Anyway I totally plan on learning Spanish but I studied French for over 10 years and received my BA in French before I actually felt like I really spoke French. However I did not move to France until I had been studying the language for many years. This will be different. I will be thrown into it.

    I just wish I had figured out in advance that this is the route I was going to take and I would have already started studying Spanish. I don't have time now as I am still applying for schools, writing entrance essays, preparing for interviews, flying to Universities (when I get called for interviews), volunteering at Stanford University hospital, and working full-time. I was going to take a class when the Spring quarter begins in April but I may have to miss to many classes when I leave town and I don't even know if I am accepted.

    Anyway, I do totally plan on learning Spanish but obviously with a full-time nursing load which is my purpose of being there I will not be completely devoted to the Spanish. My priorities lie in obtaining my BSN.
  8. Visit  Oakley44 profile page
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    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Oh of course I will learn Spanish if I live there. I have never lived in a country and not attempted to learn the language except Malawi. But in Malawi everyone speaks English as it was colonized by the British. And they have many languages. The official language was not even spoken in the village I lived in, they spoke a really hard dialect that was only used in the north. Even the courts were conducted in English. A local fiend was falsely accused of something and I went with the rest of the community to support him. I was shocked to hear only English in the court.

    Even when I was in Indonesia for several months I learned some Bahasa Indonesia. That has got to be the easiest language on the planet. I could have full on conversations with locals. The language only has one tense. Forget about past, present, and future, there was only one tense. I ate. I am eating. I will eat. I will have eaten. Etc. Only one phrase to say the same thing.

    Anyway I totally plan on learning Spanish but I studied French for over 10 years and received my BA in French before I actually felt like I really spoke French. However I did not move to France until I had been studying the language for many years. This will be different. I will be thrown into it.

    I just wish I had figured out in advance that this is the route I was going to take and I would have already started studying Spanish. I don't have time now as I am still applying for schools, writing entrance essays, preparing for interviews, flying to Universities (when I get called for interviews), volunteering at Stanford University hospital, and working full-time. I was going to take a class when the Spring quarter begins in April but I may have to miss to many classes when I leave town and I don't even know if I am accepted.

    Anyway, I do totally plan on learning Spanish but obviously with a full-time nursing load which is my purpose of being there I will not be completely devoted to the Spanish. My priorities lie in obtaining my BSN.
    I apologize in advance for the following sarcasm Chanel Number 5, but your last post reminded me of a sketch my comedy group did back in college called "Abroad Guy". Where the guy was retelling his stories of surviving in "the Kiber desert with a flint knife and a 2 kilos of saffron rice whilst writing his thesis on the Guangasi tribe; With occasional Jaunts piloting a '56 Cessna 150 back to Pretoria to pick up the antibiotics and guaze for the treatment of minor leopard attacks."
  9. Visit  Ambitious-Girl profile page
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    hello, i am new to the forums and i also am beyond the point of annoyed by u of pr. i am def. excited about attending this school this august but, no1 has contacted me back e has been out of the office for 2months i've been on the run around and yet nothing!! is the nursing program only 2yrs? (english program.) also, i know spanish but not that fluent so will i be able to make it threw this program, i just have a little worry because i haven't heard anything back from anyone.
  10. Visit  ChanelCinq profile page
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    Quote from felice-franchon
    is the nursing program only 2yrs? (english program.)
    i have been told it is 6 trimesters. however it took me 7 weeks to get that much info. i didn't dare ask if they could be more detailed with that info. all the accelerated programs i know go straight through. i have a feeling this one takes the summer off but i don't know.

    i have emailed several people asking their nclex pass rates and even the head of nursing can't provide this information.

    i recently got called for an interview at louisiana state university health and science center in new orleans. i currently live in san francisco. so new orleans would be a whole other experience.

    lsuhsc accelerated program (care) has a 97% pass rate since inception and the last two classes have had a 100% pass rate.

    these things are really important. if no one in the school can tell me the pass rate it is just one more thing that leaves me lacking confidence.

    i would love to study in pr but everything i run into is pointing me away from this school.

    i am sorry i am always so negative on this board. you should see all my dozens of positive, happy, encouraging posts on the lsuhsc thread.

    well i am not throwing in the towel yet and i want to leave my options open. but every interaction with the school pushes me farther away.
  11. Visit  ChanelCinq profile page
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    Quote from mike.choley
    I am also going to take a trip out there to visit the school (and surf) the 2nd week in March.
    Hey Mike, did you ever take a trip to PR?

    Opps just realized we are only in the 3rd week of March so you may still be there.
    Last edit by ChanelCinq on Mar 24, '10 : Reason: realized the date
  12. Visit  Ambitious-Girl profile page
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    chanelcinq--
    oh, wow.... well, that was one of the reasons why i really wanted to attend u of pr if the program was about 2yrs and the cool fact that i didn't need any pre- req's and no waiting list...i am so excited to attend. i am going to keep trying to get in contact but the sad part is i haven't sent in any apps etc yet, just because i am really lost!! hmm, i def.
  13. Visit  Ambitious-Girl profile page
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    My 2nd attempt to get in contact with "E" and they told me he was currently at lunch..I'd really like to get something accomplished by the end of the month atleast or I might have to take a trip out there..

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