Apartments Near AUC

I've put together a photo tour of apartments within walking distance of AUC that students usually choose to stay, in hopes this would help those who are looking into apartments as well. There are several places one can start when looking for housing...

I Found An Apartment!

As much as I like living in the dorms, it is the time of the semester in which I need to start finding off-campus housing to stay for the remainder of my stay in St. Maarten. This place has to be somewhere where I can tolerate and enjoy living for a year or more, if I don’t move back onto…

AUC Clinical Sites

After we complete our first five semesters of Basic Science training on the island, we go back to the states (or Canada) and take the USMLE Step 1 board exam within a semester's worth of time. Once we pass the exam, we work with our clinical advisors and schedule our clinical rotations (aka "clerkships") for our third and fourth years of med school...

The Beauty of Histology

Today we took our last histo exam and finished our first class ever in medical school, Histology. It feels great not needing to worry about another class now but I cannot celebrate yet. I need to now focus on the anatomy and MCB exams next monday. Nevertheless, everything seems a little easier, now that we only have two classes and…

Solving a Mystery

In anatomy lab, we’re currently working on the thorax and abdomen region of our cadaver. When we first met our cadaver, we didn’t know anything about her. What did she do in life? What did people called her and how old was she? All we knew was that she was old and thin. But as we work more and more…

Would you pay $275 more for convenience and quality?

Recently I’ve been looking into apartments and have visited numerous real estate agents. I’ve been looking at this place that would cost $825 per month and another one that is $1100 per month. You might be thinking… wow why do you need such a bling-bling expensive place Benji?.. but the truth is… these two places are the cheapest that are…

Suturing Workshop!!

I normally sit in the front of the lecture hall, but earlier this week on Tuesday, my friends and I moved to the back. Why? So we could leave as soon as class ends to rush upstairs to the rotunda to sign up for the AMSA Suturing workshop. We made it in time, but by the time we got there,…

Is St. Maarten A Safe Place?

One concern many prospective students have before coming to AUC is whether or not St. Maarten is a safe place to live. Crime does happen on the island, and for that reason it is a legitimate issue...

Interview and MERP at AUC

It used to be that AUC gave direct admissions and only interviewed applicants whose applications they thought needed clarifications. However, as of 2013, AUC now interviews all applicants who they think are competitive. I think this was a good decision because it sets the admission standards higher, makes the school look better (especially since interviews are standard in all US…

Application Process for AUC

A couple of readers have asked me about what the procedure was like when I applied to AUC, so here, I'd like to address it. The application process for AUC is very swift and straightforward. This is because after AUC receives your online application, they assign all applicants an admissions advisor who guides you throughout the whole process and answers all...

Saturday in Anguilla

About: Anguilla is a British Island about 8 miles away from St. Martin. It is accessible by a 30-minute ferry from Marigot Harbor. Unlike St. Maarten, Anguilla is very rural, and very flat. There is a different type of charm and mentality here, and the beaches are beautiful. Highlights: You HAVE TO go to Shoal Bay East (not to be confused with Shoal Bay West). It is often considered by travel magazines to be one of the top 10 best beaches in the world.

This Is What I’m Having For Dinner.

The picture says it all. I am in dire need for grocery shopping. My roommate and I have decided in the beginning of the semester to rent a car every three weeks to stock up on groceries for the next three weeks. For the first time around, I overestimated my appetite and bought more than enough of what I need.…

AUC Dorm or Apartment for First Semester?

Not long ago I received a question from a reader asking: Would you recommend the dorm or apartment for first semester. Can a parent live with me in the dorm for a few days when I move in at the start of the semester? I've decided to post my reply here because I'm recently in the process of finding an apartment for next semester, and have had enough experience living in the dorms.

Pictures from Family Visit

Here are the long awaited pictures from my family’s visit to St. Maarten during the September 2009 American University of the Caribbean White Coat Ceremony. Thanks Jason, Justin, and Irene for your pictures! I had a memorable time and appreciate the support! In the pictures are my two brothers Jason and Justin, my mother, and my girlfriend Irene, Irene’s mother,…

AUC Garden Tour

One thing I really like about AUC’s campus is its gardens, elevated and overlooking the lagoon and the ocean. Everyday I pass by them to and from class, and just a small, simple glance at them along the way brightens up my day. The study of medicine isn’t merely the practical knowledge to prepare me for the work environment, but…

Progress

BLOCK TWO EXAMS ARE FINALLY DONE!!! There was so much more material on this second block as I learned how you can die from picking a pimple, how streptomycin works as an antibiotic, and how to find the vagus nerve among an entanglement of vessels, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves in the neck. But with an improved study methodology, and…

My Focus Against All Temptations

Today I was feeling tired and was tempted to skip an optional anatomy wet lab review after my morning classes. I had had a big workout yesterday, and feeling sore all over, I was really tempted to go home and eat a big, warm meal, kick off my shoes, and crawl into bed and get that extra rest to recuperate…

AUC Campus

I remember when I was applying to medical schools I've always been curious as to what the campuses of these schools look like, besides what they show on their websites. St. George's University, of course, has pictures of their campus all over their site, because they are the largest school, and obviously have a very large, very beautiful campus as well, worthy...

Eyes and Earthquakes

I felt pretty good yesterday. In anatomy lab, we had a pretty well-dissected eye on our cadaver, and so many people from other tables came to our table asking “Hey I heard you guys have a pretty good eye, can you show it to us?” and “Hey I heard you can see the superior cervical ganglion on your body! Can…

October Night

Last night was a beautiful night, and I just couldn’t pass it up for studying in an enclosed room. A nice place to study I discovered are the study rooms on the topmost floor of the dorms, right on the roof. Hardly anyone’s there, and they have plenty of desk space, dry erase boards, internet access, air conditioners (which make…