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2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

MSU grad
May 13, 2007 05:55PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 22

So I'm kind of freaking out trying to get all of my belongings into two suitcases - and I leave for STJ Tuesday morning... any last minute words of advice would be greatly appreciated- anything!!!

Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 13, 2007 06:00PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 463

Take a deep breath, stop freaking out, and ENJOY every minute of your exciting new adventure!!!!

Have a wonderful trip and let us know when you get here!!!

smiling Mell

Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 13, 2007 06:24PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 3,904

Whatever you leave behind can be sent to you. Have a safe flight and good luck!


Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

Becky R
May 13, 2007 07:19PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 717

Trade is right - BREATHE - and no more Michigan air for a while! You'll do fine - and believe me, those two overstuffed suitcases will be full of way more than you will actually need once you get there. And congrats on graduation??? Hope you got to walk the walk!

Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 13, 2007 08:51PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 350

Hi there,

Bring photos from your friends and family from home. It will be a source of comfort although annoying to pack tightly so they don't bend or break if they are in frames. It will be well worth it. My roommate brought hers and I didn't bring mine. I had a busy visit home for Christmas and once again forgot until the last minute to dig them out of my stuff and ran out of time. They are all on my computer, but it's just not the same as the frames in which they were given to you or however you had them displayed in your last house.

Everything else is just material and you can basically get here or order online.

hope this helps!

Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 13, 2007 08:53PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 350

I posted that assuming you are moving here...

Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 13, 2007 11:49PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 41

Don't forget your roots. NEVER WEAR MAIZE AND BLUE! Labatt's is the only thing that's allowed to be Blue and you better bring it with you because it's not sold down in the USVI. Faygo is sold at K-Mart if you want to spray somebody like ICP. Load up on Taco Bell sauce packets. Any frozen Mexican food tastes like TB at 2:00 am with the right sauce.

Seriously though, be friendly, courteous, and respectful to everyone you encounter. Don't shy away from making eye contact. When you cross paths with somebody on the street, look them in the eye and say hello. A small island becomes a lonely island if you don't check yourself. Dress like you do at home. Wear the Green and it will give people from Michigan and the Midwest a reason to come up and talk to you. Just don't overdo it and paint yourself green like Johnny Spirit.

Just remember, you've got 60 more years of living ahead of you. Whatever happens in STJ is not a "resume stain." Telling a recruiter you wanted to explore the Caribbean after graduation sure sounds a lot better than saying you worked at Cedar Pointe because you didn't know what you wanted to do.

When I graduated State in '88, I didn't even know what the USVI was.

Stay focused and take calculated chances. As a newbe to the USVI, you don't have the safety net of friends and family to help you along at first.

Don't live your life saying, "I wish..." or "I could have..."


Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 14, 2007 09:02AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 2,047

Dont treat your first week as a vacation, hit the ground hard to find a job and a place to live.

Re: 2 days left - last minute advice anyone??

May 14, 2007 06:52PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 20

My best advice...if you're not takin' a redeye, look out the window...lovely sights. Freaking out is unnecessary, but understandable. People all around here are friendly and willing to help if you ask the right questions. A few folks have mentioned not just sitting around and watching the sunsets but to hit the job market...I definately agree with that. Every job eventually gives you time off, but on the other (unemployed) hand, no money means no fun. Take it easy, be yourself, and pay'll do fine.

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