Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 92

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 VeronicaR
    Hi hihopes,
    I am new to this thread and have spent the last hour or so reading through all the comments and have learned so much!! I read your post from the beginning of your research to now and I am happy you decided to stay! I hope one day that will be me! I noticed some current students have finished and left the thread so I hope you will continue on and help us future students along our jouney! I am just starting my research on PR and I sure after I am done reading the rest of the comments I will have plenty of ?'s!!

    VeronicaR
    Hi Veronica!
    Thank you! I am glad I decided to stay as well.I am very happy with my decision and feel like I am exactly where I was meant to be. :-) If you have any questions feel free to ask. But, I would probably do what tmp25 did and take notes. Because, a lot of times you won't get the full response if you ask a question that was asked a million times. I found out that is why some people don't respond. I will try my best to answer any questions that I can. Good luck with your journey!
  2. by   feetinthedirt
    snowshyne,
    Have you gotten any info on how folks are making it work in the financial arena? I am just trying to get a sense of how to prepare for moving down there! Being a full time student and not working and running out of money is not fun! I did it while working on pre-reqs and I don't want to do it again.

    Kelly
  3. by   tmp25
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    snowshyne,
    Have you gotten any info on how folks are making it work in the financial arena? I am just trying to get a sense of how to prepare for moving down there! Being a full time student and not working and running out of money is not fun! I did it while working on pre-reqs and I don't want to do it again.

    Kelly
    Hello,

    So I don't know how everyone gets by, but I do know from what I read previously in the threads is that financial aid and pell grant (if you qualify) is enough to get you through the whole program. There are on-campus jobs available as well as a Starbucks thats located in front of Inter American University that students get jobs at. (In order to work at Starbucks though, you have to be bilingual---> from what I read) I also read that after some students finish up with the pediatrics portion they are able to work in the local hospital (if you feel comfortable with the language and patients. They pay about $7-$9 an hour) Other than that, most of the students that I've talked to do not work. Some have re-located to PR with out money saved up and still made it through. So, everyone's situation is different. I know if I end up moving to PR, my parents/financial aid/if I find an on-campus job will be my means of surviving down there. I know this info may not give you piece of mind, but from what I read its pretty do-able because of how inexpensive everything is (excluding groceries...lol)
  4. by   feetinthedirt
    Right now it sounds like I will have one or two adventurous friends moving down there with me, so I will hopefully have cheap rent. I have a Bachelor's degree already, so I'm not elligible for grants but the loans will at least take care of tuition. It's nice to hear that groceries, etc. is pretty inexpensive--I've heard conflicting reports on that and I think my monthly cost of living is really what I'm trying to figure out. If I do the November start date, then I will be in class the following summer (I think) instead of working, but going down there in November will mean going with more money saved.

    I just bought my ticket this week to go visit in March! So I am pumped about that.
  5. by   tmp25
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    Right now it sounds like I will have one or two adventurous friends moving down there with me, so I will hopefully have cheap rent. I have a Bachelor's degree already, so I'm not elligible for grants but the loans will at least take care of tuition. It's nice to hear that groceries, etc. is pretty inexpensive--I've heard conflicting reports on that and I think my monthly cost of living is really what I'm trying to figure out. If I do the November start date, then I will be in class the following summer (I think) instead of working, but going down there in November will mean going with more money saved.

    I just bought my ticket this week to go visit in March! So I am pumped about that.
    Thats exciting!! I'm going in May bc I'm still in school. I'm trying to get a friend to come down with me as well...but I don't know how successful thats going to be so I'm kind of prepared to go down by myself. But yea, it all depends on where you live because then you have to think about transportation and such if you live near the beach like Worldtravellingyogi. I talked with one student who graduated last May and she said she lived in a 2 bedroom for $500 near Inter campus, so with your other 2 friends, it shouldn't be bad at all. Will you be looking at both schools?? It looks like you've decided on Inter since you want to start in November. Either way, keep us updated...we may be future classmates!
  6. by   Cahoon BSN RN
    I am finishing up the program with my last semester starting in about 2 weeks. Rent here is really cheap, especially if your standards aren't too high. Coming from the states mine were, but I got over that quickly. Having a car is a really nice thing. It makes life a lot easier and a lot more fun. Cars are not cheap and buying a "beater" has not been a good gamble for most people I know. That said, living near school is affordable and you can easily walk to and from the Los Cumbres neighborhood that has been mentioned several times. It is easy to find a roommate once you get here, but probably not right away. It's always good to get to know people a little before you commit to living with them. Groceries are really expensive. It's more manageable if you go shopping at Costco with a friend or two. Gas is about the same here as the national average. If anyone is interested in more costs or anything, let me know.
  7. by   VeronicaR
    This is EXCELLENT info! Thanks so much. I feel like this has really given me a starting point. I can't imagine how I would begin to start gaining information without this website!
  8. by   snowshyne
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    snowshyne,
    Have you gotten any info on how folks are making it work in the financial arena? I am just trying to get a sense of how to prepare for moving down there! Being a full time student and not working and running out of money is not fun! I did it while working on pre-reqs and I don't want to do it again.

    Kelly
    Hi Kelly,

    I have not received any information on that yet. I've read every single post on this thread multiple times over the last couple of years and have a fairly good idea of what to expect job-wise, but it seems that most of the jobs require you to speak Spanish, which I unfortunately do not do at this time. I was hoping for other ideas - other than the ones previously mentioned on this board - that someone could throw out there.

    If I am able to find a roommate, then I would love to go. I had some friends interested in going last year but they ultimately decided not to go. I do some online stuff so I would have some income, but not enough for rent and all monthly expenses, so I would want a friend to join me in going there. As mentioned by others, I'm sure I could find a roomie once I get there - and I'm sure once I take a trip there to check it out, things will start falling into place.

    If I hear of anything else though, I'll let you know.
  9. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from feetinthedirt
    ...It's nice to hear that groceries, etc. is pretty inexpensive--I've heard conflicting reports on that and I think my monthly cost of living is really what I'm trying to figure out...
    Groceries are NOT cheap like Cahoon said. THey are a lot more expensive than the main land and worse quality. Vegetables have awful quality on the island even at Costco I get rotten veggies about every other visit.

    And be prepared to spend a lot more on electricity. Now I live alone, my washer and dryer are outside and I don't pay electricity on them as they are for the building, I don't use my AC, and I only use one light at a time and still pay 60 USD a month. I had a roommate that ran the AC 24/7 and one month the electricity was over 300 USD. Be prepared because in August you will want to run the AC at least a little.
  10. by   VeronicaR
    I have read multiple posts and haven't come across these random questions I still have. I would live your guys/gals input. 1) has anyone traveled there with a spouse? I am planning on attending next fall and my boyfriend would be coming with me. He will not be doing the program and I'm a little worried where he would work or what he would do but I really want him to come!2) from what I have gathered the ADN program is fairly newly accredited. Has anyone had any trouble coming back to California or any other state and obtaining a job as an RN? I have most of my generals done and was considering that bachelors program. But I'm not sure if I could do the full two years that far away.3) I e-mailed "E" about four days ago and have not received a response where should I go from here? I am looking for an application or how to apply?Thanks for all of the info so far this thread has been great again I apologize if these questions have already been answered but I haven't seem to find them thanks again advance. Veronica
  11. by   WorldTravelingYogi
    Quote from snowshyne
    ... I've read every single post on this thread multiple times over the last couple of years and have a fairly good idea of what to expect job-wise, but it seems that most of the jobs require you to speak Spanish, which I unfortunately do not do at this time. I was hoping for other ideas - other than the ones previously mentioned on this board - that someone could throw out there...
    Keep in mind if you are getting financial aid you can do 20 hours a week of work trade. You get paid 7 USD an hour and there are a bunch of different places to work. Lately a lot of students are working in the nursing building. Also if you you feel up to the chalenge you can tutor Pharmacology after your 1st trimester. Or there are other places on campus to work.
  12. by   snowshyne
    Thank you for your reply. I am very interested in doing work trade at the school and I'll be sure to check into that when I go for a visit. That's actually exactly what I am hoping to be able to do when I get there.

    You've been such a huge help to everyone on this board and I know we all really appreciate your time, advice, the information that you've provided.

    Thanks again!
  13. by   snowshyne
    Quote from VeronicaR
    I have read multiple posts and haven't come across these random questions I still have. I would live your guys/gals input. 1) has anyone traveled there with a spouse? I am planning on attending next fall and my boyfriend would be coming with me. He will not be doing the program and I'm a little worried where he would work or what he would do but I really want him to come!2) from what I have gathered the ADN program is fairly newly accredited. Has anyone had any trouble coming back to California or any other state and obtaining a job as an RN? I have most of my generals done and was considering that bachelors program. But I'm not sure if I could do the full two years that far away.3) I e-mailed "E" about four days ago and have not received a response where should I go from here? I am looking for an application or how to apply?Thanks for all of the info so far this thread has been great again I apologize if these questions have already been answered but I haven't seem to find them thanks again advance. Veronica
    Hi Veronica,

    When I emailed "E", it took over a week to get a reply from him, so you'll probably still hear from him - it just takes a while.

    The application can be found on page 103 of this thread. I believe it's on the school's website too, but I don't remember where. Also, Google Translate is a huge help in getting around their website if you are going to check it out.

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