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dooley1326
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Im moving to the islands in July 08, and I need help with picking an island!!!!! Im a recent college graduate and also want to know how hard it is to find I job. My major is Business. Im willing to get a job for a couple of months just to get by, but eventually want to find a career. I need as much help as possible. I will also need information about housing. Any information will benefit me so please feel free to comment as much as you want too...

Thank you

John Dooley

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Topic starter Posted : April 24, 2008 5:40 pm
chefnoah
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Everybody is biased, and this thread could start a battle. Explore this site more it has good explanations and compares all 3 islands. I think StX is amazing

Noah

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Posted : April 24, 2008 5:49 pm
Marty on STT
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Like the Chef said, do your research on the board as most of your questions and concerns will have already been addressed, read the moving stories, do a PMV (imperative) first...

And, I just hafta point out...being a recent college grad...should you end your question with a preposition???
(haha! IslandJoan?)

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Posted : April 24, 2008 6:19 pm
islandjoan
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hey Marty
Technically, you can! I had to look it up to be sure.
Below is from http://dictionary.reference.com/help/faq/language/g30.html

Can I ever end a sentence with a preposition?
The word preposition (examples: at, in, of, to) is so named because such words normally precede the position of their objects in a prepositional phrase. Some people then took this definition to mean that a preposition always had to come before its object and could never end a sentence. Latin has a rule against ending a sentence with a preposition, but English has no such rule. If a sentence is unusually long, and the ending preposition will be a long distance from its object, then it is best to avoid ending with the preposition. It is sometimes preferable to avoid ending with a preposition, and sometimes it is preferable to end with a preposition. "Where are you from?" is more natural than, "From where are you?" As general practice, one should avoid ending a sentence with a preposition as a matter of style rather than grammar. If the sentence sounds good and clear and ends with a preposition, then go with it. On this subject, a story involving Winston Churchill is often told. When an editor dared to change a sentence of Churchill's that appeared to end inappropriately with a preposition, Churchill responded by writing to the editor, "This is the kind of impertinence up with which I shall not put." His purpose was to illustrate the awkwardness that can result from rigid adherence to the notion that prepositions at the end of sentences are always incorrect.

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Posted : April 24, 2008 7:39 pm
islandjoan
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And, you're a recent college grad?!?! hmmmmmmmm

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Posted : April 24, 2008 7:40 pm
Jules
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Gotta joke for you, Marty.

Setting: on an airplane; friendly Southern woman seated next to a New Yorker.

Texan: "Where y'all from?"

New Yorker: "Where I'm from we know better than to end a sentence with a preposition.:

Chastened, the Texan resumes reading her magazine. Then she looks up and says,

"Where y'all from, bitch?"

🙂

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Posted : April 24, 2008 11:34 pm
Neil
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Do you live "on" and island or "at" an island?
🙂

My theory on "island selection" is this: one will jump out at you when you visit.
If you like them both, pick either one.
You can always move.

Can an island "jump" ?

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Posted : April 25, 2008 12:29 am
rokipatel
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Everybody probably has a different opinion.

For Tranquility and Beauty: St John

For Business Opportunities and more facilities in General : St Thomas

For a Truly West Indian Experience: St Croix

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Posted : April 25, 2008 12:53 am
trw
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it's live on not live at,you are "on"island or you're not you live in the caribbean "on"something not at

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Posted : April 25, 2008 1:02 am
dougtamjj
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I think all the islands are beautiful and all have something different to offer. I picked St. Croix because it was bigger, less crowded, and I could get more housing for my money. The downside is it is more expensive to visit the other islands from St. Croix. If you live on St. Thomas or St. John or Water Island you are also very close to the British Virgin Islands. Since you are young and are looking for career opportunities maybe St. Thomas would be a good place to start. There is more night life and entertainment and probably better employment opportunities there. On St. Croix things are really closing down during the summer. I have never been to St. Thomas in the summer so I don't know if they experience the same slow down.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 2:09 am
dougtamjj
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There are several people posting wondering which island to choose. I wanted to add if money is a factor then you might want to consider the cost of traveling if you have to leave the island. I have to go back to the states several times a year. It is getting extremely expensive to travel back to the states from St. Croix. We do not have enough flights going back and forth to the states and 2 years ago I could get a round trip for half of what I am paying now. I think St. Thomas has more flight options and it is less expensive to fly out of there. If any St. Croix people have any input on this I would love to hear it.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 2:23 am
terry
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I would say if you are young, STT has more to do in the way of night life and more jobs. However IMHO it has way too many tourists, and I don't feel that the people that I have encountered ( not very many, and only in the shopping area) was not as friendly as STX. Probably because they have to put with all of the tourists.
STX is much more rural. Twice the size, half the people.
Stt seems to have nicer beaches, STJ the best.
STX has cheaper land, housing and gasoline.
I don't know if two or three days on each is going to be enough to tell.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 2:56 am
Jules
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As the others have said, it is a personal decision.

I like STT best because of the views (lots of other little islands to gaze at rather than open sea), more amenities, and... I LIKE the tourists. Makes me feel good to see them enjoying this island. I also like the ease of going to other islands.

If I had endless money, I might live on STJ because of its supreme beauty.

STX is nice, pretty, etc, but it doesn't have offer what is most important to me: lots of little islands within view and easy reach.

It might seem strange that my main "like" is having lots of other islands nearby, but it demonstrates the point-- that the decision is a very personal one. One island isn't intrinsically better than another.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 9:52 am
dntw8up
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"STX is much more rural. Twice the size, half the people. "

STX has twice the area of STT but the size of the population is pretty much the same on both islands.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 5:59 pm
Bombi
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If I was wealthy I'd live on St. John. St Thomas does have great beaches and a more rocking nite life and you probably get used to the traffic after a while but I think St Croix has a less touist based economy and for a hard working young college grad there may be more oppurtunity. St. Croix was my choice.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 6:16 pm
dntw8up
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More than 80% return within the first year and the reasons invariably have something to do with life hear not being what they expected.

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Posted : April 25, 2008 9:46 pm
trw
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well it's probally because they are the kind of people that need a "starbucks" on every corner,some people actually need malls and lots of stores around them and sprawl and all of the suburban crap in the states,they need the instant gratification of stateside life,they need 800 different types of soda to choose from,they need those convienences that we do not have down here,or they miss family and friends from up there,or they may have health issues that can't be met here or on puerto rico,it's easy to make it here if you DECIDE you're going to make it. my 2 cents

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Posted : April 25, 2008 9:49 pm
padihi
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well, that ain't me ... i'm a very simple person with simple needs (beach, sun, book, work, GOOD food, and some nice friends - not all in that order, BTW).

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Posted : April 25, 2008 9:58 pm
trw
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just remember this is not "paradise" we just have better weather and scenery than the states,you still have your own personal rat race,wages are lower and prices are higher,some days are more frustrating than others,some days are perfect

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Posted : April 25, 2008 11:00 pm
Novanut
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How do you spell: "Wa-La?"

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Posted : April 26, 2008 2:03 am
trw
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whalah

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Posted : April 26, 2008 2:05 am
Novanut
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CORRECT! Anything on the top shelf!

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Posted : April 26, 2008 2:36 am
Juanita
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What the hell is wa-la or whalah? Come on guys, play fair!

This isn't paradise? Didn't you see that flat ocean today? A little sprinkle to water the flowers and a bit of sunshine...this is the kind of day I love. Not the tourist poster day, but perfect for me!

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Posted : April 26, 2008 5:46 am
Jules
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Boy, I'm lost. What is the "Wa-La" thing about? Couldn't understand the question based on the prior posts, but is the word you're looking for "voilà", as in French for "see there!"?

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Posted : April 26, 2008 7:58 am
trw
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lol i have no idea what that was all about either, i just figured thats how you'd spell it

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Posted : April 26, 2008 9:51 am
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