Puerto Rico school feedback - thread #2 - page 16

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    Quote from Evo5
    Hi,
    I'm also new here, so first off I'd like to say Thank you so much to everyone for all the great info. on this thread..
    I am also considering PR for school and just had another question regarding life on the island.

    I have recently been reading many reports about heightened crime and homicide specifically in San Juan/PR..
    Aside from taking all the sensible precautions (not walking alone at night, staying out of bad neighborhoods etc), do you guys who are in the nursing program there find crime to be a big problem and something to worry about?

    Thanks, I appreciate all the help this thread has given..
    I'll let a current student answer this. I was kind of oblivious while living there but I really don't think it is bad. I am from CA and went to high school in Half Moon Bay (whoo hooo, Mavericks Invitational tomorrow - first time in 3 years they have big enough waves to hold the competition) and would never think twice about being on the beach at night. Well in PR I lived 1/2 block from the beach and I would NEVER even think about going at night. I would say if you don't whip your iPhone out anytime day or night you are going to be safe.
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    Thanks so much WorldTravelingYogi! That's exactly what I was worried about, not being able to register for classes because they filled up already so I'm happy to here that shouldn't be a problem because after I visit in March I don't plan to go back until a couple weeks before classes would start. Luckily my spring break is the 1st full week of March so hopefully I can get everything done including finding a place to live.

    Also if anyone knows how long the hep b shots are good for please let me know, I should probably be asking a doctor and most likely will but I heard that they last 10 years but I also heard that they are good for the rest of your life and only need it once.
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    Quote from edibie
    Thanks so much WorldTravelingYogi! That's exactly what I was worried about, not being able to register for classes because they filled up already so I'm happy to here that shouldn't be a problem because after I visit in March I don't plan to go back until a couple weeks before classes would start. Luckily my spring break is the 1st full week of March so hopefully I can get everything done including finding a place to live.
    Yeah they tightened up some stuff. So getting in isn't really an issue but slightly more of an issue then getting classes which is not an issue at all. Many, many people register days before classes start. Like I said you WILL get your classes. There is a fixed schedule and all the 1st trimester people will be taking the same classes. The only thing is maybe you will have to go to campus one more day then the peeps that register early.

    Quote from edibie
    Also if anyone knows how long the hep b shots are good for please let me know, I should probably be asking a doctor and most likely will but I heard that they last 10 years but I also heard that they are good for the rest of your life and only need it once.
    I have always heard 10 years. Then you get a booster shot. You don't have to start the series over.
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    The Hep B series is good for life. I give these frequently at work and a booster is a rare recommendation (like if you are undergoing hemodialysis).
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    Hi,

    Thanks World Traveling Yogi. I figure San Juan is probably like any other big city where you have to be smart about crime, I just have heard it's been getting a lot worse over the last few years.

    Edibie, I am also thinking about going down there soon to check things out and apply in person. Good luck with your trip when you go.

    Do we have to have proof that we have gotten the Hep B series before we are even allowed to apply to school? I am starting to gather everything needed to apply but have not had this done yet..I have read on here that it takes 7 months, but I was hoping to go to PR within the next couple of months sometime.

    Also, do you think a 5 days (Mon-Fri) will be enough time to get everything done to apply in person? I know with "island time" it may take a while to do everythng, so I'm wondering if I should plan on more time to be there.
    Thanks
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    Hey!

    To all the newbies on the site, I'm currently a student at La Inter. (I'm on my way to my 3rd trimester and I'm in the accelerated program) I pop in and out on this site, but I try to contribute as much as I can. Anyway....

    Answering multiple questions:

    Vaccines:

    Those over the age of 21 do not need immunizations to get accepted into the school. However, you will need your immunization forms when you begin clinical. Those consist of: Hep B series, Flu Shot, Varicella titers (if they are too low, you need chicken pox vaccine), MMR and Tetanus. If you do not want the flu shot, you must have a signed document from a doctor. Most hospitals are making it mandatory, but this is what I've been told. If you are under 21, you need your immunization information on Puerto Rican document. If you visit the school, they will tell you exactly where to get it.

    Will 5 days be enough time to get everything done:

    So, "Rosina" recently visited the school (she is about 3 pages back) She spent 3 days here in San Juan and pretty much got everything done. She spoke to the nursing department, gave all of her paperwork in, and found a potential roommate. So honestly, 5 days is perfect. 5 days gives you time to talk to all the people you need to talk to in the school as well as tour the city. Now I know this school is known for, "Come in today...give in all your paperwork...and you are accepted today", but they have stopped all of that as far as I know. "Rosina" had all of her stuff in, came down, and they told her to wait for letter in the mail. They also told my cousin that, so if you come early in the morning around 8/9a and spend half your day at the school, you will get everything done. If you already have your acceptance letter in hand, that process will be different: you'd want to go to Financial aid, nursing department, registration office, and possibly student accounts.

    Safety:
    Honestly, your not completely safe anywhere in this world today. Yes, there is crime here in San Juan. Cars get broken into, people steal, and recently (Jan 20) someone was shot at this festival---BUT---when don't you hear about that stuff happening in your city? I feel like crime is up everywhere (people are crazy these days!!) I, myself feel safe with where I'm living in Puerto Rico. Most of the apartments/houses are gated communities. A lot of the students who are native to Puerto Rico usually tell you where to go and where not to go. Since our classes are in the evening, those who drive usually take other students who don't have cars home (if they live near the school or on the way to their house/apartment) After 6pm, its not really safe to walk around because it starts to get dark and usually all of the local businesses close around 4 or 5. Other than that, I've travelled as far as the other side of Puerto Rico and have been fine. My father was reluctant in letting me come to Puerto Rico because I'm his only daughter, he's very protective, and he didn't know anyone here---but he visited the school, toured around San Juan, and saw where I was living and he was good. Just be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to your gut.

    Hopefully this helped. Let me know if you all have any more questions!
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    Thank you so much tmp25!

    All your information is really helpful.

    It seems like some of the policies are changing from what they were a few years ago (when PR school feedback thread #1 first started).
    I want to make sure I have everything I need that La Inter currently requires and don't miss anything..

    Thanks again for taking the time and for all of your help.
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    Good luck to you too Evo5 when you take your trip to the school!


    Thanks so much tmp25 for all your info. What are some good locations that you recommend to look for housing when I come? I remember in the earlier thread someone mentioned Caguas. But when you came to look for housing did you just drive around or did you meet with a someone and have them take you around? I'm not quite sure where to start looking but I know I prefer close to the school.
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    Quote from edibie
    Good luck to you too Evo5 when you take your trip to the school!


    Thanks so much tmp25 for all your info. What are some good locations that you recommend to look for housing when I come? I remember in the earlier thread someone mentioned Caguas. But when you came to look for housing did you just drive around or did you meet with a someone and have them take you around? I'm not quite sure where to start looking but I know I prefer close to the school.
    Caguas?!?! No way. That is a 1/2 hour by car IF there is no traffic. No, no, not I good idea.

    I lived in Las Cumbres I the first year. There are tons of students that lived in Las Cumbres I, II, III, and IV and they are all close to school.

    THen I lived in Ocean Park a block from the beach the second year. I had a way better experience the second year. I started to love the island. Living close to school felt like the suburbs. If I could do it over I would live the whole 2 years at the beach.
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    Quote from WorldTravelingYogi
    Caguas?!?! No way. That is a 1/2 hour by car IF there is no traffic. No, no, not I good idea.

    I lived in Las Cumbres I the first year. There are tons of students that lived in Las Cumbres I, II, III, and IV and they are all close to school.

    THen I lived in Ocean Park a block from the beach the second year. I had a way better experience the second year. I started to love the island. Living close to school felt like the suburbs. If I could do it over I would live the whole 2 years at the beach.
    I agree with Worldtravelingyogi, Caguas is far. The surrounding areas that you want to look at that are an exit up or around the school are: Guaynabo, Hato Rey, and Cupey. BUT, if you want to live walking distance from the school, La Cumbre I, II, III, and IV are the places to go. This is a neighborhood of houses that people rent out to students. The school in vicinity of these neighborhoods: A 10 min walk from La Cumbre 1, 15-20 min walk La Cumbre 2, 20 min walk La Cumbre 3/4) Rent ranges from $400-$800. Most of the owners make you sign a 1 year rental agreement. The houses that are available fill up quickly, July is when most of the rental agreements are up. (at least thats when mine is up) So, 2 weeks prior to school starting is a good time to come down and look for a place to live. I found mine within 4 days within the first week of school (came to PR without a place. My roommate and I stayed with one of my friends/classmate while we looked)

    You don't need anyone to go around with you to find a place. I only know one person who had help from a company.


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