Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 89

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   hihopes22
    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi
    Yeah I didn't really sell the San Sebastian Festival did I. ;-)

    Nope it wasn't me but I think I know who you are talking about. She called it a dorm but it wasn't that. Just all female roomates and the place was furnished but it was still like renting an apartment. Deposit and contract terms.

    Did you look into Couch Surfing? I would get a place. Did you check out the Posada San Francisco or what ever the name was. I posted it a few days ago. STay there for a few days while you are looking around.
    haha. No you did not sell it at all. Thanks though!

    I found a place to surf for the the days I will be there. I looked into the hostel, but rooms weren't available for all three days. Before I booked I received a response from CS, so I went with that. He is verified and has many reviews...

    I did find some listings for rooms near Bayamon Universities. I will call them tomorrow and see if I they are still available.
  2. by   hihopes22
    Quote from Jen_Jen88
    Crime in PR is like in any big city out there. Just be aware of your surroundings and dont put yourself in a dangerous situation. I avoid big gatherings and parties because most of the time they don't end up good. Darn those PR drug dealers! They are destroying my beautiful island! Lol
    Ha!Drug dealers.

    Thanks.

    I figured I would just go to school and study. Maybe go to the beach once in a while. Of course grocery shopping is on that list. I really won't intentionally put myself in any situation. I mean I live in a small city and did not go to post office kiosk at 7:30 because it's dark outside...But everyone is making such a big deal.
    Last edit by hihopes22 on Jan 11, '12
  3. by   Jen_Jen88
    Lol its not so bad!
  4. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from Jen_Jen88
    Crime in PR is like in any big city out there. Just be aware of your surroundings and dont put yourself in a dangerous situation. I avoid big gatherings and parties because most of the time they don't end up good. Darn those PR drug dealers! They are destroying my beautiful island! Lol
    Avoid parties? Naw don't do that. I am not too into night clubs or loud bars so many of the people I met were at parties. But these are parties of people from school or Couch Surfers or my Puerto Rico atheist group or my cycling friends, etc.

    I do warn you to be very careful on Noche de San Juan. It is some time in June and at midnight every person on the island goes to the beach. Last year some drugged out wacko punched me in the face. It is a longer story than that but in my opinion just avoid the beach that night.
  5. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from hihopes22
    haha. No you did not sell it at all. Thanks though!

    I found a place to surf for the the days I will be there. I looked into the hostel, but rooms weren't available for all three days. Before I booked I received a response from CS, so I went with that. He is verified and has many reviews...

    I did find some listings for rooms near Bayamon Universities. I will call them tomorrow and see if I they are still available.
    I'll send you an email. I may know the person. Like I said before this is a small island. There was an opening of a local bar/club right before Christmas break. I know I said I don't normal go to these but this reminded me more of a jazz club in Paris. They had an eight person band playing Puerto Rican and Cuban inspired music. Anyway I knew about 20 people that I had randomly run into from all different aspects of my life. Some people from different yoga studios, a Capoeira teacher, people I know from cycling, people I had met the night before at a Couch Surfing party. Just all kinds of different people.

    There was even people I met at an Acro Yoga workshop that were from Ponce. You will see how the island is small. It is not that small but in a way everyone knows everyone. It is kind of cool.
  6. by   hihopes22
    Thanks guys. I will make sure to be careful while enjoying my stay...given everything works out :-)
  7. by   Jen_Jen88
    Well the parties I refer to are like clubs and what not. I've been to noche san juan once and it was fun on my part but this was years ago I'm sure its changed.sadly enough.
  8. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    I am officially unsubscribing from this thread. I hired an ADHD coach to get me organized and this is one of many time suckers. So hopefully people that started this past August can jump in and help out. I have been helping on this thread for a year and a half and it is time to move on. Good luck everyone.
  9. by   Jen_Jen88
    Good luck yogi!
  10. by   hihopes22
    Thanks for everything Yogi!!! You and Jen are a life savers!!
  11. by   tmp25
    Thank you for your help Yogi!!!
  12. by   tmp25
    Quote from hihopes22
    Okay guys I am coming next week. I was a little scared, but excited. Now everyone is discouraging me telling me how unsafe Puerto Rico is. Telling me it is not a good idea to go. PLEASE HELP :-( Right about now I AM discouraged.
    Hey!

    Question, when you come back, can you tell me how everything went--if you don't mind? I'm planning a trip there in May after I graduate to finalize everything. I'm pretty sure I will be attending one of the schools in the fall (I'm visiting them both like Jen suggested) I would have just PM'd you, but I don't have the privileges yet to do so. Thank you in advance!
  13. by   designer-mommy
    Blah...I'm getting frustrated now.

    My hubby and I are finishing with our associates in February (yay!) and we're going to Arizona after that. I started looking at the application on the Arizona BON and WOW, it's going to be a long, expensive process to get licensed in that freaking state. It looks like nurses who were educated in PR after 2006 have to jump through a million hoops. Now we have to have our education verified by some company, which costs about $350. We also have to take a freaking English proficiency exam, which is $175. So, it's going to cost us an extra $1,050 just because they consider PR as international. Add that to the $300 for the AZ BON and the $200 for the NCLEX (times 2 since we're married) and WOW--super expensive. According to the AZ BON site, people who were educated in the US and it's "territories" don't have to go through that. Um...isn't PR a freaking territory?!?!?! LOL Oh well...what can ya do? We even have to go through that if we want to do our license through endorsement. Blah.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can start working sooner? I have always heard professors say that many students choose to go through Wisconsin because it is cheap and there aren't many hoops to go through, but don't you have to live in a state to get your license there? As in have a physical home address there? Anyway, I would still have to do the AZ license through endorsement, so I'd have to go through all of that crap anyway. Wisconsin is a compact state, and so is AZ, so I wonder if I could work under a compact license? I think you can only do that for 30 days though. Ugh, my head is spinning.

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