2 days left - last minute advice anyone??
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!!!
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!
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..."
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 attention...you'll do fine.