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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by ChristinaMarie, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. ChristinaMarie

    ChristinaMarie Junior Member
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    Hi everyone, I was reading a few of your posts and there were some questions of where to live near Nova. I am applying this year to Nova and last year I transferred to their undergrad. Alot of students live in Cedar Key or Sun Forest, right across the street from the med school. For all of you with pets, I saw a lady walking two big dogs today in Sun Forest and I have seen many others. I'll make a list of some close places and their numbers and post them later.
    Good Luck ;)
     
  2. Slingblade the Surgeon

    Slingblade the Surgeon Senior Member
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    What type of community is sun forest? What do the houses/apts/condos/mobile homes cost there? Do they have fenced yards?
     
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  3. Amra

    Amra A Quiet Voice of Reason
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    ChristinaMarie: Thank you!
     
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  4. PalCareGrl

    PalCareGrl Senior Member
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    CM- thanks, that would be great! Any realtor info would be good too (houses to rent in Nova area). There is apartment info on the Nova website, that might help you in making a list...and it might help the rest of us too (if anyone's interested, I discovered it this weekend). Thank you for your help!!! :)
     
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  5. ChristinaMarie

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    Hi everyone, I found some information for apartments. All of these are right across the street from Nova, close enough to walk to school.
    Poinciana Lakes (954) 723-9110
    Sunforest (954) 424-0551
    1-2 bdrm; from $790
    Cedar Key (954) 370-0088
    1-2 bdrm; from $750
    Davie Crossings (954) 581-9223
    2-3 bdrm
    Please note these rent fees are the bare minumum, I have paid $950-$1100 for a 2 bdrm. There are a few more places I have in mind, I will get their names and numbers when I go out today. There is also a few close townhomes. If you are looking on the web check homestore.com or digital city.
    As far as renting homes, I live in Cooper City and I love it. It takes me about 3 minutes to get to school.
    The closest areas are Davie, Cooper City and Plantation. I suggest Davie or Cooper City.
    Also, Rent Free Reality offers a free search for apartments, townhouses and homes. The number is (954) 741-0200, just tell them the cities you want and they do all the work. You can also try Pine Island Realty at (954) 473-0480.
    I hope this helps. ChristinaMarie
     
  6. ChristinaMarie

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    Hi it's me again. I completely forgot about Nova Park, their rental office # is (954) 475-0550. I am not sure what they offer but I know it is a rather large community and in walking distance. I am sure they may also be able to refer you to other places that meet your needs.
    PCG-- I saw you are from Ohio. Me too! Youngstown, south of Cleveland. :D
     
  7. Slingblade the Surgeon

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    During the core rotations throughout Florida, where does one stay? Do you have to rent hotel rooms for a week or two at each location, or are they close enough that you can drive to the sites each day?
     
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  8. PalCareGrl

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    CM (or anyone else), I have a question.

    My boyfriend and I contacted a realtor because we really want to rent a house and realize that there probably won't be any available (that we could lease) until about a month before we move. We would like some kind of fenced yard for our dog (she would have to stay inside in a crate all the time otherwise). I'm a little nervous about waiting until a month before moving to find a place and hope they have one near school, etc... are there any apartment places that do only one or six month leases? Also, is it feasible that we could find a house a month before moving (are there alot of rentals in the Davie, cooper city, plantation area?) We (i.e., my boyfriend) can afford a higher end house but it has to have a yard.... just wondering what the real estate is like down there (is everything in developments also?

    Sorry so many questions, if you or anyone could take a stab at them.... also, would it be useful for us to come down in like March just to scout the area out? How long ahead of time do we have to look for apartments if we were going to go that route? Thanks! :)
     
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  9. Amra

    Amra A Quiet Voice of Reason
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    Liz: Most of the apt complexes I looked at have 7 month leases. Why 7 months, I'm not sure.. but they are out there.

    Everything seems to be in developments down there. Houses, condos and apts. I think I'm going to make another trip down there before the new year... just to get a feel for the area...

    -A
     
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  10. PalCareGrl

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    Thanks Amra, I read that somewhere too (about the 7 month lease). Maybe it's a summer/winter thing for those who migrate. Anyway, I want to take a trip but it probably won't be until February or March.

    Wait, does this mean that you made up your mind???? :) :) :D
     
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  11. Amra

    Amra A Quiet Voice of Reason
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    I have (in all seriousness) spent more time anal-izing medical schools than I did studying for the MCAT.

    ..and I'm no where closer. Things I really like about this one... things I really like about that one. I'm definitely making this more difficult than it needs to be. As I write this, I think I'm going to take a week or two away from looking at it... just to relax and reset.

    TBH, this is a hard decision - yet I'm xxxhappy to have it this way as opposed to the opposite.

    Keep us posted on your situ PCG! We could still be classmates! :D


    -A
     
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  12. PalCareGrl

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    Amra, I wish you the best on your quest... for me it was more simple. I fell in love with Nova, and with UNE being my only other top choice (based mainly on location- as PCOM probably is with you), it was Nova hands down after my UNE interview. I just love Nova's program, the opportunities, the friendliness and happiness of the students I met there, and the location and organization of the school. I will be sending in my deposit next week after I get paid. :)

    Best of luck to you (definitely a great situation to be in- getting to choose). Keep me posted, I would love to have you as a classmate! :D
     
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  13. Slingblade the Surgeon

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    Not to butt in, but I would like for someone to talk me into NOVA. I haven't been to any of my 3 interviews yet...All next week. I am going to NOVA, Des Moines and then Pikeville. But my first choice is UNE...but I just today got the letter stating that my file was complete and under consideration.
     
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    Hi Slingblade,
    Nova will do a pretty good job trying to sell you the school during the interview. They will go over the highlights of the curriculum and clinical rotations, the students will give you an in-depth tour and answer any and every question that you may have. I went to the school the night before and one of the med students took a study break to answer questions and show us (another interviewee and I) around. I just thought it was a great atmosphere overall and I was very impressed with the school. (I wasn't even going to apply there originally).

    UNE on the other hand, was always my first choice and I had assumed that that was where I would go if I got in to more than one school. However, I was disappointed with the interview (but that's just me). You sit around with students all day (who are very helpful and friendly), but it is the only representation of the school that you get. No one tries to SELL the school to you, and after seeing Nova, I thought I would have a hard choice. But after going to UNE, I was not as impressed with their program, etc... It is in a nice location on the beach, it's a smaller school. My major turn-off was the not selling part, that and I went to UVM(Vermont) undergrad and the school was similar looking except bigger and nicer. I thought an overall change in scenery would be nice. So,anyway, that's my opinion on the two schools. JUST my opinion. You will probably like one school better than all the others, as I did. Many students fall in love with UNE when they go there (several on this site in fact). It depends on the person and the experiences. I fell in love with Nova.

    Hope this helps, sorry so long...

    :)
     
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  15. Amra

    Amra A Quiet Voice of Reason
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    Slingblade:

    I'd rather not taint your interview experiences with my perspectives. You'll see a good sale's pitch at NOVA (and probally the other schools which I didn't interview). After your done interviewing, I'll go into great detail about the prog with you including pro's and con's that I see (as a matter of fact, I'd love to do that with you. Liz [and myself] already thinks I'm over-anal-ytical :p )- esp after you get an opinion of the school and what it offers.

    -A
     
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  16. pushinepi2

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    Talk you into Nova?

    A couple of things:
    With regard to the housing issue, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go to Plantation early. I assumed that I'd get an apt/condo easily because I was familiar with the area. WRONG. Do as the previous posts suggest. Once you've decided, call Pine Island Realty, look in an apt. book and drive around. Complexes are popping up all around Nova. Sunforest is actually one of the older apt complexes now, and there's usually a few units left in June and July. Sometimes people forget about housing options in nearby Oakland Park and West Davie/Cooper City. With regard to rotations and hotels, the MS-3's tell me that people usually do not end up moving. If you want to travel, that's fine.. Between Broward General Medical Center, Sanford Ziff Health Care Center, Memorial Regional Hospital, Coral Springs Medical Center, Palmetto General, and five million others, there's ample opportunity to stay local.

    About convincing you on Nova: Talk to the students. You'll have to talk yourself into the eventual acceptance. One I toured the school and spoke with some students, there was little doubt that I had made the right decision. More than halfway through the first semester, Im absolutely certain. A good place to start is to ask yourself about what you expect from your DO education. If clinical opportunities are a high priority, then Nova is hands down a winnder. If, however, you enjoy the small school atmosphere, than Nova might not appeal to you as much. Remember that you are also interviewing the school and staff during your visit. Be assertive when a med student shows up. Most of us are quite candid and eager to share. Best of luck.....

    PUSHinEPI2
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  17. Slingblade the Surgeon

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    Well thank you all (Palcaregrl, amra and pushinepi2) for your advice. It really sounds like NOVA is a great school. I guess I will see for myself in a week. I'll let you know how it goes.
     
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    PCG---SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT RENTING A HOUSE. I WOULD DEFINATELY COME DOWN FOR A VISIT AND CHECK THE AREA OUT. I KNOW RENT FREE REALITY WILL DO A SEARCH FOR YOU BASED ON YOUR NEEDS AND YOU CAN ALSO GIVE THEM A DATE YOU ARE PLANNING ON MOVING AND THEY WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON WHAT WILL BE COMING AVAILABLE. MY BOYFRIEND IS A NOVA DENTAL STUDENT AND HE USED ARVIDA REALTY AND THEY FOUND HIM A HOUSE RIGHT AWAY. ASK FOR ERIC AND TELL HIM GREG FROM NOVA SENT YOU (954) 434-0501.
    ALSO MAYBE LOOK INTO A TOWNHOUSE, MANY OF THEM HAVE SMALL FENCED IN AREAS OFF THE PORCH WHERE YOUR DOG CAN STAY. THERE ARE SOME NICE TOWNHOUSES JUST SOUTH OF GRIFFIN ROAD ON UNIVERSITY AND OTHERS ON PINE ISLAND, I ALSO SAW SOME NICE APARTMENT HOMES CAMERON COVE, DAVIE CROSSING.
    HOPE THIS HELPS :D
     

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