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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Regina330, May 12, 2002.

  1. Regina330

    Regina330 Senior Member

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    Just wondering if any of you out there are moving cross-country or far away to dental school? I am currently pricing my options and quite honestly, it is a little more expensive than I thought! So I am just curious how the rest of you are doing it....UHaul....moving company? Just taking what you can fit in your car? Flying? Any comments or suggestions welcome! :confused:
     
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  3. StarGirl

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    why don't i leave all my stuff here for you, and you do the same for me? :p
    then we won't have to worry bout moving such long distances <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Regina330 Senior Member

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    At this point, that is sounding like a GREAT idea!!! You decided on Temple, right? It would be much much easier for me to move my things just 2 hours south!! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     
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    actually Columbia :)
    and my things are just a twenty min. drive to the "other" southern ca school :D
     
  6. Happy Gingiva

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    Hi Regina,

    What made you decide to go to USC? Your are from Pennsylvania right?

    :)
     
  7. Regina330

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    Sorry for the mix-up Stargirl!! But NYC is just 2 hrs east anyway, so the tradeoff still works for me <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Michigan to Florida, north to south! I guess it's not as bad as East to West coast.
     
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    U-haul is a lot more $$ then you think. A truck runs 39.95 a day, but that includes no mileage, and thats local. To got one way: PA to USC, it will cost like $60 a day, plus $.40 a mile. So it adds up (and those trucks suck up gas). Some times (if you pack light), it is actually cheaper to ship your stuff via UPS and drive down what u can. If you have a car that can tow a U-haul trailer isn't to bad.

    I just checked out U-haul vs Enterprise rent-a-truck. For me it is cheaper to get a Enterprise drive it to Indy, and Return it back to Chicago, then to got U-haul 1 way. Just note that any place u rent from will have a different price, and if you are good you can bargin with the price, if not, the gas station down the street might have a better deal.
     
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    You from Chicago Steiner? Pretty sad day again in Chi-town, eh? Cubs lose, Sox lose. Bulls will lose....but there's always

    Da Bearsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss (and Ditka)
     
  11. Regina330

    Regina330 Senior Member

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    Happy Gingiva,

    I am from PA and I decided on USC for a number of reasons. First off, PA has excellent dental schools, which are much more affordable. BUT I've lived in PA for my whole life and I am quite bored with it and sick of the weather. I lived in Maryland for one summer and Louisianna for another summer and being somewhere different made me even more anxious to move out of PA for dental school. As far as why I chose USC, these are the reasons:
    1) Over here on the east coast, Temple is well-known for its superior clinical skills. And over here on the east coast, USC is referred to as "the Temple of the west coast" as far as clinical skills.
    2) I really like the idea of problem based learning. I find that I am more motivated to learn when I am applying concepts to real cases, rather than learning straight from a text book. I also find it easier to understand and remember things in the context of real-life situations.
    3) The weather. No harsh winters (or rain seasons), but you can still find snowboarding no too far away <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
    4) I would ultimately like to practice on the east coast and I see my only realistic chance of that happening by going to school there, since I am from the east coast.
    5) I was impressed with the school overall on my interview. The students were friendly and very helpful.
    6) I just got that 'this is the place for me' feeling when I was there on my interview. It just felt right.

    And, I really went with my gut feeling on this one, because my family is taking it hard that I am going so far away, and my uncle was wishing I chose his alma mater, Temple.
     
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    $60/day isn't sounding bad right now......the local UHaul center quoted $1546 for the smallest truck!!! And that is before gas!! Pretty rough, huh? I'll look into Enterprise.....I know that even for renting cars, enterprise is usually the cheapest way to go.
     
  13. Westside22

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    Regina, what exactly are you planning on taking from PA to CA?
    If it costs over $1000 for renting a Uhaul, maybe it would be better to pack only your clothes and some personal belongings and fly out here or drive your car out here, you were planning on buying a car when you get out here too right?
    Because if you are planning on moving beds, desks, tv, etc, for more than $1000 and as much as 1500 using Uhaul, then maybe perhaps it would be cheaper to buy new things instead?
    You can start out with the basics, Bed ~ $200 max for a decent bed, desk ~ $70, futon couch ~ $200 at Ikea, shelfs around ~50 each at Ikea, etc.
    Furniture at IKEA which is only about 30 25 min away from usc is pretty affordable, but I hate their beds, bc they are around $200 and not very comfortable, but in LA, there are many independent stores that you can buy beds for relatively decent prices around ~150-$200.
    Kitchen things shouldn't be too bad either, again you can shop at Ikea or a local Target or Walmart. I am not sure exactly what you are planning on bringing from home to USC, but perhaps if you write everything down and you might be able to buy new basic furniture and other things for around $1300 and actually get to keep it instead of paying UHAUL or some other services.
    Unless you are already living on your own in PA and you already have so many belongings that you cannot sell or take home, and you must take them to usc for some reason.
    Anyhow, it's just an idea, also, have you been able to find a place to live in LA yet?
    I am in wla, and of course also going to usc, but i haven't made any living arrangements yet, so let me know if you have any questions about anything, i can try to help.
    you also have my personal email, so give me a shout if you need,
    Vince
     
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    IM flying from Michigan to Florida as well. I plan on hauling my car down there. I think the only things that I will buy are a bed a desk and a George Foreman grill because I do not know how to cook just yet :( . I know that it is going to be very expensive to leave home and go to a private school..but you have to do what is needed. My biggest concern right now is just leaving my family and friends I will miss them all so much. I hope that my dental class will be like one big family. Good Luck with your decsion.
     
  15. Happy Gingiva

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    Right now I am going to Temple. So I have to move from LA to Phili. It will be so expensive to move everything. Shipping will cost so much.

    Ouch <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
     
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    happy Gingiva
    what are you planning on moving to philly? what do u mean everything?
    :)
     
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    Hi Westside,

    Since my parents do not live in the United State, I will have to bring all my belongings. I guess I will have to sell my desk, sofa, bed and other stuff. I will bring a car to the east coast, but I dont know if I am going to drive there or have it shipped. I am still deciding on that. The books I have will be very expensive to ship. I guess also I will have to bring my computer there somehow. Wow, it is so confusing. Just how am I going to do this?? I wonder.....

    <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
     
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    I am planning on shipping most of my stuff and flying myself there since I won't need a car in NYC.
     
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    i'm gonna be drivin across to philly and stoppin by all the touristy places like yellow stone and niagra falls :cool: ....kinda one last vacation before 4 years of hard work....maybe i'll see some of y'all on the road!!!
     

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