College/ Moving Decision
So Im debating on if I want to go to UVI in the spring but i wont have a chance to visit before i have to make my decision so I've got a few questions for those who live there
1.) St.Thomas or St.Croix which is a better campus (Im a theare and psychology major)
Because Ive only really researched St.Thomas the next questions are referring to there:
2.) How is the night life for a 20 yr old? clubs? bars? house parties? anything?
3.) What is the dating scene like? Because I am racially mixed I am pro interracial relationships, how well are they accepted out there? are there many interracial relationships seen there?
4.) How safe is the area? How are the people like?
5.) Coming from a city (Washington DC) how drastic of a change would this move be? too laid back?
6.) Are bugs a problem?? (lol I know its a petty question but it would be nice to know)
7.) Lastly is the school even worth it? I know its a small school and I havent seen much about it online so I cant really judge solely on what Ive read, it would be nice to hear what people who are actually from there think about it
2.) How is the night life for a 20 yr old? clubs? bars? house parties? anything? You won't be bored.
3.) What is the dating scene like? Because I am racially mixed I am pro interracial relationships, how well are they accepted out there? are there many interracial relationships seen there? No problem
4.) How safe is the area? How are the people like? Use common sense. People are like people anywhere.
5.) Coming from a city (Washington DC) how drastic of a change would this move be? too laid back? You have to adapt. The island won't.
6.) Are bugs a problem?? (lol I know its a petty question but it would be nice to know) There are bugs. Get spray.
7.) Lastly is the school even worth it? I know its a small school and I havent seen much about it online so I cant really judge solely on what Ive read, it would be nice to hear what people who are actually from there think about it. It's not the worst but it's certainly not the best. Do your homework about it signing up.
Are you paying for yourself or are mom and dad helping out? If you're paying your own way, take a chance and come on down. If mom and dad are paying, please plan on a visit before you decide. The differences between life here and DC are HUGE.
Linda, I'm very curious -- how on earth do you think this student's source of funds would affect whether or not s/he should move? :S
If she's spending her own, hard earned $$, I say she can do whatever she wants. If she's thinking about coming here on a whim, without ever being here, on her parents dime, I suggest she move more slowly and carefully. I'm speaking as the mom of 2 college grads.
I see. Thank you for clarifying.
Do both campuses have your majors? I know that they have the Little Theater on St Thomas, so I suspect there is some sort of theater arts major here.
Re: nightlife for 20 year olds- The drinking age is 18, so you will probably feel old when you go out. Unfortunately, there are plenty of UVI students who succumb to the bright lights and party life around here. I hope you have your head screwed on correctly. One good thing about a small campus is that your fellow students will know if you fall down the rabbit hole. They, and the faculty, may try to intervene.
Note: The spell check did not like 20 year "olds" and wanted to replace it with ODs. Kinda telling.;)
No I wont be paying for any of it myself, completely funded by my parents
Im just trying to get a feel for how island life would be if I chose to come cause I'd be living there for a minimum of 3 years
People don't come here for this school, except maybe the marine biology. People come here for the beach and the weather. You want a good school stay stateside, especially considering your major and minor. I'm sure I'll get slammed for this but I wouldn't want my degree from here.
Good morning 1stTimeIslandGirl,
This would be a VERY big change from Washington, D.C. But, if you really hate it, you can always transfer somewhere else. I don't share Linda's views about the source of your funds; it sounds like your parents are kind enough to support you in whatever decision you make, which is great. It's ultimately your life, no matter where the money comes from, so make the best decision you can that works for YOU.
Keep reading a lot; in addition to all the great info on this board, read the local newspapers online as well as everything the college has to share. The more research you do, the fewer surprises you'll have. If you don't take the chance, you'll never know if it would be a mistake or a wonderful decision. Either way, you'll learn a lot -- which is what college is for!
Good luck to you; let us know what you decide.
My daughter is currently at UVI STT studying Nursing. She is also biracial, 20 and was living in NYC for school prior to going to UVI.
She is adjusting, I think she will end up staying.
It is very different in Saint Thomas, I wish I was 20 again, I would jump at the chance at going to school there.