Calling all Gators....UF Class of 2006!

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  1. Doctora Foxy

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    Is anybody out there? I need to get you guys to post more! Pokey, joehuf, katnole, M.D.-2B, who else is going?

    I would love some housing advice from anyone in the know..... :D They seem to have a lot of info on the UF website....my student host had a magazine with all of the new complexes in G'ville, so I need to get one of those....where do you peeps plan to live? I heard parking is really bad there, but I know there are some places across the street that are walking distance.....so, any ideas? Is there a roommate list? I have so many questions! I live about 4 or 5 hours away, so I want to collect some info before I go out there to look at places. :)

    Muchas Gracias!
     
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    Congrats Foxy! I was so excited to see that you got accepted at UF! I have been following your saga on the other UF thread. I am so happy for you to have been accepted at your first choice. I am looking forward to having you as a classmate!
    You should start receiving several packets in the mail that we have already received. One is a great booklet put together by a student organiztion (AMSA I think) that has all sorts of good info - including housing. There are four main apartments within walking distance - Somerset, Country Gardens, Summit House, and Williamsburg Village. I liked Williamsburg Village best and plan on living there. If you do not want to worry about parking (or undergrads), I would start with these places.
    I received lots emails from people looking for roommates. Denise at Admissions forwarded alot of peoples emails looking for roommates. I am sure that if you email her she will help you find others still looking for roommates.
    Orientation begins August 14!!! It will be here before we know it! I am getting so excited! Let me know if there is anything else I can tell you! Congrats once again!!!!!
     
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    Thank you so much for responding katnole! :)

    I'll definitely email or call Denise today and I'll look for those packets in the mail. I'm so excited! :D
     
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    First, congratulations and welcome to UFCOM! It's great to see that you guys are excited about coming here; I know you will have a great time!

    There are probably others who could address the housing issue better than I, but FWIW...

    All of the housing spots you named are across the street in the "med student ghetto", so named ONLY because of the concentration of med students there. I have been in units in both Williamsburg and Country Gardens, and I'd say both are reasonably nice, and the price and location are both big plusses. Obviously, as you get further away from campus, there are some nicer options for roughly equivalent prices. Some of the apartment complexes on Williston Rd. (e.g. Colonial Village, Hunter's Run, etc.) are slightly pricier but nicer, and a lot of med students opt for these places.

    Also, if any c/o 2006 member is going to be in Gainesville during the summer, you are welcome to come and volunteer and the Equal Access Clinic. It's a free clinic that we run on Thursday nights for the indigent population of Gainesville, and a really nice, low stress way to gain a little clinical experience in your pre-clinical years (As a former co-director, I just had to get a plug in!)

    I don't even know how the PM function on this board works, but if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at my main email: [email protected]

    Congrats again!

    Wes Hodge, UFCOM c/0 2004
     
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    Thanks for the info Wes :)

    So for the people that don't live in the "med student ghetto" <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> , how do they get to campus? Do they take that shuttle bus, drive, or what? Is parking available for med students at all?

    katnole, are you living alone? I just checked a few websites and a 1BR/1BA is so cheap, I might not even have to find a roomate. :) So I guess I have to think about whether I want to be lonely or not.... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Everyone who doesn't live walking/biking distance from Shands purchases a commuter parking decal. If I remember correctly, the cost for this year is $90. This allows you to hunt for parking spaces in the commuter lots on campus. The ones closest to Shands are right along North-South Dr, about a 1/4 mile walk from the hospital. Word of warning, though-- these lots are usually filled by 9am, so it helps to come in early!
     
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    Next question <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> (and thank you!)

    I read that the financial aid office budgets $5,000 for housing for the whole year, so for 10 months (?) that's $500 a month....is that what we're supposed to go by, and do most people follow that budget? If so, I guess I do need to find a roommate....

    And does anyone have Denise's email address? I have Robyn's..is it the same one?

    Thank you!
     
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    Congratulations Doctora Foxy!

    I don't have too much info to offer, but I did get my housing settled. I looked at lots of places when i went down there so I am familiar with many of them. You can stop by apartment hunters, a free service where you tell them what you need in an apartment and they print out a booklet for you with many apartments that fit your criteria (although they do not work with all housing complexes). I forget exactly what intersection it was at (University and 16th i think ...). Make sure you don't end up staying at a complex known for parties if you want to get any studying done (so ask people at UF you know).
    Also, I have received all of the packets they sent out so far. In case you were wondering, orientation is 3 days and starts Aug 14. We finish up on June 6 (i think).
    Oh yeah, I still have all of the emails that were sent out about roommates so if you want them I can forward them to you. There are lots of them . .
     
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    Thanks Buddy! I'll send you a PM with my email address :)
     
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    Foxy,

    I sent you a PM on housing...
     
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    Thank you so much for the info Buddy and G'ville Nole! :)

    I have a question about AMSA....do most people buy all of those extra tests for practice, or just the most recent ones? Are all of you MS1's buying them? I think I'll definitely join to get the free Netter's.... :D

    OMG I can't believe I got in! I feel like I won the lottery! :) I think I'm still in shock... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
     
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    I found a roommate through some of the flyers I received. She is another first year so it will help to live with someone in our same class. The apartment complex also had a few names of people looking for roommates.
    I am joining AMSA too- but I still have not decided if I am buying all the old tests. I am leaning towards buying all of them - you get a small discount if you get all three now. Of course we will not have time to study all of them....so I am still undecided. What are you thinking of doing?
    It took me several weeks for the shock to sink in that I was accepted - enjoy the great feeling when you realize that the long application process is FINALLY over and you are in!!!!
     
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    Hey guys-

    Foxy, congrats again and welcome aboard. Katnole, it's great to hear from you again. I am packing up my apartment right now as I move into my new place in Gainesville tomorrow. I was about ready to unplug my computer, but I thought I'd quickly check my email and stuff. Just couldn't resist this awesome thread!

    It's been several months since I found out that I was accepted, and I still have that "Christmas morning" feeling. At first, I wondered if someone had made a mistake. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> I could just imagine getting an apologetic phone call from a UF admissions staffer, saying that their was some confusion due to AMCAS. I could just hear someone say, "I'm sorry to inform you that we must place you on the alternate list where you really belong. We will consider the prospect for your admission in the future. Hang in there." <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> That would have sucked.

    Luckily, this scenerio has not played itself out. They must still want me, because I keep getting information from them in the mail. Seriously, it's great to know that all of my hard work paid off and I will be headed to my top school. (As a Seminole, the words "Gators" and "great" have never sounded very good to me. I can't believe I just said them.)

    I am going to be living in the so-called "med-school ghetto". My Summitt House apartment is rather small (shack-like), but it's in a great location. I love the fact that I can just roll out of bed five minutes before class begins and still be on time.

    I'm definitely going to join AMSA (free stuff rules!), but I would love to hear from current students about the old exams. Is it necessary to get all of them? It sounds like a pretty good deal, but $$$ is tight, ya know . . .

    Foxy, with all of the apartment/roommate emails that UF has sent out, hopefully you will find a nice place soon. I need to get back to work. The U-Haul is calling my name.

    See ya soon!
     
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    Bump :D

    I'm busy emailing lots of people about housing, and Denise already got back to me and she's so nice! :)

    Does anyone (i.e. CobraGirl, G'ville Nole <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ) know about buying all the tests from AMSA?
     
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    ok, one of the people on the orientation committee emailed me back about the AMSA tests....she said your big sib should have them to give to you! That's awesome! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> This girl is actually gonna go out of her way to contact my big sib to ask her if she has the tests for me! :D I am so excited about UF!!! I'm not used to people being so nice <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Soooo, I guess don't buy the tests until you speak with your big sib....by the way, have you guys gotten your big sibs' contact info yet? I'm not really sure what I've missed.
     
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    Does anyone know if there's a preferred bank to use in G'ville? (and an ATM on or near campus?)
     
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    Congratulations and welcome to all my new classmates! For all of you looking for places from far away, you might want to try <a href="http://www.gainesville-rent.com," target="_blank">www.gainesville-rent.com,</a> it has a pretty good collection of most of the student apartment complexes in Gainesville. As for me, I'm staying put in the house I have now which is pretty nice. We actually have a room for rent if anyone's interested, e-mail me at [email protected] As for banks, Campus USA is the one that I use. It's actually a local credit union but they are nice to students and it's the only bank with a branch in the Med School/Hospital. If anyone has questions about living in Gainesville, feel free to e-mail me and I'll try to answer them. See you in August!
     
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    Yes! Go Foxxxy! Incredibly happy to hear the good karma continues to flow on SDN! I was actually logging on specifically to see if you, PelicanMan and the others in the ?florida? crew have gotten in yet. So glad to hear it, with all the time you put in to help people, you surely deserve it. You will be an inspiration to a whole slew of SDNers (re-)applying next year.

    I was also thinking of you today while buying photos. See, I?m in Villalba, Spain doing an international volunteer workcamp and everynow and then I run into these ?country? Spanish people that slur their sentences way too fast together. I thought, ?f only someone that got a bit better Spanish background could be with me <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Congrats again and have fun in G-ville. Who knows, I might come up in visit in August since U Chicago doesn?t start for another month!
     
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    bump.....anymore gators? :D
     
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    Yep, I'll be starting at UF in the fall too. Would have checked in earlier but had a few problems registering. Just wanted to add my name to the list and say congrats to Foxy. Looking forward to meeting everyone in a few more weeks.

    Andy
     
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    Awesome! :) Welcome to SDN :D

    Where do you plan on living at UF, Andy?

    I'm going up to G'ville this Wednesday to look for an apartment, so I'm trying to see where most med students are living. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Over in the med ghetto, in Williamsburg Village. The place just had a really great vibe--seemed secluded enough (not on any major roads), such a short walk to classes, and the people I met were very friendly and mellow. Having spent some time in G-town for grad school (in English lit, of all things), the thought of possibly never having to drive anywhere again, except when I run out of food, is lovely. I'm sure you've been told that driving/parking there sucks.

    Anyway, Williamsburg: The one-bedrooms did seem kind of claustrophobic, but if you can find a roommate the two-bedroom townhouses were really nice. If there are any left. I think my fiancee and I snagged one of the last.

    Good luck finding someplace Wednesday. Let me know if you end up in or near Williamsburg.
     
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    Thanks for the info. :) I called on Friday and there are a few places left, so I think I'll live there. If I can't find a roommate by then, I'll just get one by myself, although the only singles left are kinda underground. :rolleyes:
     
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    <img border="0" alt="[Pissy]" title="" src="graemlins/pissy.gif" />
    I'm having such a hard time finding a roommate and a place to live.

    My parents think I should live in one of the nicer, newer places and get an apt that's furnished so I don't have to worry about buying furniture.

    How bad is the parking situation really? Would I be able to find parking if I drive to class? And how bad are those buses?

    I'm so confused about all of this <img border="0" alt="[Pity]" title="" src="graemlins/pity.gif" />
     
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    I actually wanted to get a furnished apt until I found out how much extra it is. Typically, you can expect to pay somewhere between 50 - 100 per month if you decide to get the place furnished (at least at the places I visited). Multiply that by 12 and you see you might as well buy your own furniture (not to mention you have another 3 yrs!) I'm actually staying at one of those nicer places that is not within walking distance to the school.
     
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    Buddy I sent you a PM. :)
     
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    Finding a roommate and a place to live is so hard in a place you do not live and do not know anyone. I was so relieved when I finally found a place and a roommate.
    I received several emails in the last few days of people looking for roommates - let me know if you did not get them and I can forward them to you.
    It should be easy to find cheap furniture in Gainesville since it is a college town. When students graduate they just want to get rid of thier furniture. When I was in Gainesville looking at apartments I saw lots of flyers around campus from people trying to get rid of furniture. Around graduation time you shoudl have no problem finding lots of options.
    I think the parking lots we can park in are three blocks from the hospital - and you have to get there early.
    There are some newer apartments that are a little farther away but I htink you could still walk to them. Some are available to buy but they also rent - and I do not know if they come furnished. I can not think of the name though! I know they are behind the Arby's and Steak and Shake. If I can find the name of them I will let you know!
    Good luck in the apartment hunting! I know how hard it is!
     
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    OK - I finally figured out the apartments I was trying to think of - Oakbrook Walk. There is also Oakbrook right next to it but they are older. Their website is oakbrookwalk.net if you are interested!
     
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    Foxy

    The lot where medical students can park is called the commuter lot. It usually fills by 8:30a.m. When attempting to go to class later then this usually you have to get to the lot about an hour before to be safe. Sometimes you will get lucky and find a spot right away while other times you will barely make it to class on time. Your other option is to take the bus. The Gainesville Bus system is free for students and has gotton better over the past couple of years. There are routes that pass by all the major apartment complexes and it usually comes by every 15 minutes. The only problem is that sometimes there is overcrowding on the buses. There are many apartment complexes that are a lot newer and nicer (furnished and unfurnished) close to the med school off of archer rd on SW 23rd ave. There are numerous amounts of complexes off of 23rd ave as well. Probably not walking distance but within biking distance and along bus routes. Let me know if you have any questions about specific complexes or areas of gainesville.
     
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    Uh Foxy, scratch Lexington Crossing off that list I was telling you about. Online reviews below. LOL!

    Opinion: You?d be better off living on the corner of 34th and Archer
    From: -Anonymous- Date: 4/22/2002

    This place is horrible...where do I begin?? Move-in day left much to be desired. They say that they make any maintence repairs the week before everyone moves in, but they still did not fix half of the things wrong with the apartment until after we moved in. Ants are everywhere...I swear this place was built on a giant ant colony. They spray inside the apartment rather than the outside so you get to see even more ants after pest control comes (and that is after you have made multiple requests that they need to spray for the ants). You cannot leave any food on the counters in fear of invasion of ants. As if these pests were not enough to contend with, we also have plenty of silverfish and munching termites! Yes, and they neglected to tell us about any of the aformentioned permenent guests. The office managers never have an answer for any of the problems and they never seem to get around to fixing the problems. The cable is horrible...they even went bankrupt and we are left with channels coming in and out daily. Raccoons hunt 24 hours a day, on any floor of the buildings. They are not scared on humans anymore, but have taken to flying out of the trash cans when we pass. Lexington knows of the raccoon problem, but only gave us trash cans to have the bags off the ground instead of calling animal control to order traps to remove the animals. The walls are very thin, so get to know your neighbors well. If speakers are kept on the floor above you, but prepaired to have your room and your belongings vibrate. Phones can be heard ringing in surronding apartments, even ones below. This place says that it offers so much for your money, but they offer even more than you know without cost. I would not recommend living here!

    Opinion: I wouldn?t recommend it
    From: -Anonymous- Date: 6/3/2002

    I?ve lived here for two years--in a 4 BR for a few months, and a 3 BR for about a year and a half. The first few months I was here, the ants outside were so bad that my roommate and I both had them in our cars--they would invade through the AC system. i haven?t had a problem in a while though. Our first apt. was filthy and broken down when we moved in, but this one was fine. The management is generally rude and not helpful, but the maintenance people are very nice, helpful, and prompt about fixing *everything*.

    Living here is expensive, and while they do offer some nice things, you are paying for a lot that doesn?t live up to decent standards, like the security guards you can?t get ahold of in an emergency, and the gym with often-broken machines, and the walls so thin you know more than you want to about your neighbors? sex lives.

    Oh, and they do tow quite frequently here...and I?ve heard stories of residents? cars being towed--with the decal on--and the tow-truck drivers claimed they didn?t see it. The residents still had to pay to get their cars back.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend living in oakbrook walk or lexington crossing because there are lots of freshmans that live there and it is a big party complex. The walls are very thin and you will hear everything. Thats just my opinion.
     
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    DF, I'm so happy for you! I have been checking in just to see if you got in to UF, too. I'm in Boston now but was a UFCOM stud for the last four years. Nothing beats the "Ghetto", believe me. I lived in Summit House all four years and I actually went home on call and slept in my own bed... and when I was called I could run in and be there in 5 minutes.

    Secret: You can park in the Summit House parking lot for free and never get towed, and its closer than the commuter lots and always has spaces. Many of my classmates did this, but don't tell too many people or you'll spoil it.

    Best breakfast: Bagels Unlimited on 34th Street, went there every weekend for years.

    Join the Campus USA Credit Union. Branch in the hospital, no fees, great fixed low rate credit cards. Did I mention branch in the hospital? (think convenient laundry quarters.. I didn't miss it till it was gone).

    Feel free to PM me for any advice. Best of luck!
     
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    Thank you so much for the advice everyone! (Especially tp Papi for putting up w/ my questions for a whole hour! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> )....I think it'll be best to live near campus in Williamsburg Village and I found a roommate who will be quiet and studious--definitely the good influence I need! lol.....

    I'm so excited! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> And I got my orientation stuff in the mail today...I still have to read through all the info though....I skimmed thru something about writing down what you expect :confused: WTH is that all about?
     
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    UF said I have to defer a year because I never took biochemistry, although they waived the lab requirement for me. Now I'm trying to take it in summer school, but everything already started and I can't find anything! Does anyone have any suggestions? Do you know anyone in the same situation, and have all of you taken biochem?

    :( :( :(
     
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    Hey Dra. Foxy -
    That really sucks!!
    :(
    have you looked into online classes? it may not be too late to sign up for one of those... a lot of state schools offer classes online.
     
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    I did try online classes, and I found one, but UF doesn't allow it...they said it must be a sit-in course. :rolleyes: :(
     
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    Foxy, I am sorry. That is some straight up Bull****. Why couldn't they tell you this ahead of time. I know that you must be pissed off as hell. I can't blame you, a whole year because of one class.
     
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    :( you're still holding Temple right now right?
     
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    I'm sorry! That's really lame - but worst case scenario you take a year off and become a doctor one year later than planned. It's not the worst thing ever!
    :)
    Plus, you can have lots of fun in your year off!!!
    :)
     
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    i guess it's the whole idea of gearing up for school to be told to come back next year. also I think foxy has already gotten an apt with a roommate!
     
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    Mu uncle is so cool...he found a biochem course being offered in NY that starts JUly 22nd and ends August 15th...it's 3 credits, but UF OK'ed it, as long as I'm at orientation on Aug 14th in the morning. As soon as I can reach the prof at New York (it's at Dominican College), I'll see if I can take the exam early so I can make it to UF in time. I'll be staying with my grandma in her house, so at least I can visit some relatives while I'm there! I know this month is gonna suck, but oldman's right, I'm all geared up to go, and I'd also hate to disappoint my roommate...I REALLY don't wanna take a year off.....so I'm off to Nueva York!

    I'm really pissed at UF, but it is kinda my fault...I just never expected to get in, so I never thought I would need to take it. At least they offered to write a letter to that NY school to make sure I can take the exam early. For all the trouble I've put Robyn through the past few days, I'm surprised they're still being so accomadating. They could have easily just accepted someone else, so I'm happy. :) Looks like it's gonna work out!
     
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    That's great news Foxy.

    On a side note, I liked Biochem -- you get to draw lots of pictures. (simple mind, simple pleasures)
     
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    hey glad things worked out foxy :) biochem is a pretty good course...and even better w/no other classes w/it! :rolleyes:

    ps where is dominican college in ny?
     
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    it's in rockland county, about 17 miles from the city (but I'll be staying in the suburbs)....it's in Orangeburg, NY to be exact. :) I'll be in Westchester.

    ugh, I've been trying to call their Bio dept all day and no one's there...I can't register until I'm sure I can take the exam early....but I think I'll be able to, that's not asking much, right? :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm sure they'll understand...hopefully its a nice or at least decent prof...
     
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    You're really lucky to find that class. I'm glad everything worked out for you. It's a good thing UF is waiving that 4th credit hour!
     
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    On the other hand, I knew I was short 1 humanities class for 2 med schools I applied to. I took the class in the fall and ended up getting rejected by both! There goes about 500 bucks!

     
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    !buena suerte a t?, Foxy!
     
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    Looks like your problems are resolved, Doctora Foxy. Good luck, and enjoy New York!
     
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    Thanks for your support everybody! :)

    I have a question for the gurls.....what are you wearing for "business attire" for the first day of orientation?

    And what kind of stuff are you writing for the code of ethics?
     

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