Transportation in St. Maarten

Moped? Car? Bike? Public Transportation? Which of these would be the best deal in terms of cost, accessibility, comfort, transport, time, and safety? 1. Moped
  • Cost: $700-$1200 to buy new. Saves on gas money. No insurance or road costs necessary if tank is under 50cc.
  • Accessibility: A moped can drive anywhere and park anywhere. During traffic jams, a moped can
  • Banking in St. Maarten

    As AUC students, we are eligible to receive US federal student loans to pay for our tuition and living costs while at school. In a nutshell, basically we request to borrow a certain amount of money every two semesters from the government. The school takes out a chunk of what we borrow to pay for our tuition. Then, they refund…

    My Last Night in Athens

    On my last night in Athens, my friends Roberto and Stefy and I had a nice evening picnic on Herty Field in the historic North Campus, complete with home-made sandwiches and wine. Afterwards, we toured the Founder’s Garden, Latin American Garden, and discovered other beautiful places that we had overlooked during our semesters at UGA. Of course, we rang the…

    I’ll Miss You Athens

    After four good years in Athens, Georgia, it is hard for me to say goodbye to you all. Today, I will be leaving behind the place where I first made my home, where I grew to become a man, and where my life bloomed. I will be leaving a community that has found a place in my heart, from Habitat,…

    Why am I a Caribbean Med Student?

    If you asked me just a year ago, I would have never thought I’d go to medical school in the Caribbean. Throughout my pre-medical years, particularly the first year, I have often heard fellow classmates call Caribbean med schools the “last resort” and scoff that students who attend these schools are substandard, and therefore become substandard doctor. These thoughts sunk…

    Textbooks

    Studying with my friends Chris and Arif As of September 2013, AUC provides all students with electronic textbooks via a platform called Vital Source, which you can access via computer, iPad, or iPhone. These electronic textbooks are convenient in that you no longer need to carry heavy books around, and it is much easier to search for keywords within…

    I Just Saved Myself $707.55!!


    So today I received my list of textbooks for first semester, with an whopping estimated expense of $747.45! From experience, I know that I will not be using all the textbooks that I usually buy from the campus bookstore, and so I searched the forums of valuemd to determine which books I thought were absolutely necessary. Turns out just about…

    Memory Lane to 1998

    This will actually be my second trip to St. Martin, albeit a much longer trip. I first went to St. Martin back in 1998 when I was 14 years old. I went on a seven-day Carnival Cruise with my family in which we stopped in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Martin. We visited Marigot Market, Philipsburg, a butterfly…

    One Small Island, Two Large Countries

    So the island of St. Maarten (or St. Martin on the French side) will be my home for the next two years. St. Maarten is located in the eastern Caribbean, about 186 miles east of Puerto Rico. The island is only 34 sq. miles and so the county I live in now, Clarke County, Georgia, can easily swallow three St.…

    Why the American University of the Caribbean (AUC)?

    After doing much research, I feel that the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) prepares students well to become physicians. It has one of the top medical programs in the Caribbean, and with more than 30 years of history (established 1978), it has a proven track record. Most graduates obtain very decent residencies and some even very prestigious ones like…

    Why the Caribbean?

    When I tell people that I am going to the Caribbean for medical school, the most common response I get is how jealous they are that I will get to spend the next few years in a place as relaxing as a tropical paradise. While I don’t think medical school will be relaxing at all, I can’t deny that the Caribbean is…

    Cheers to a New Beginning!

    Hello everyone!
    Today I create this blog to document my experiences as a medical student and to organize all the thoughts that I may have along the way. I’ve been accepted to the September 2009 semester at American University of the Caribbean, and am very excited to begin my journey. I hope the next few years I can be as…
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