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31 Things Only Ross Students Will Understand

The little things we all encounter that remind you that you went to a Caribbean medical school.

1. Dominica- NOT the Dominican Republic


Every time someone asks where you go to school you have to open up Google maps and explain that Dominica is not the same thing as the Dominican Republic. Every. Single. Time.


2. And getting there is an all around terrible experience

2. Liat

You cringe at the thought of flying with them. They’ve lost your bags multiple times, forgot to send a plane big enough to seat all of their passengers, and may have ran out of fuel mid flight and had to turn back around. LIAT- because your Luggage Is Always Tardy.

3. But we do have some beautiful sunsets

3. Sunset

Possibly one of the few things you’ll miss about the island. And you’re leaving just in time because I think your friends are starting to catch on that all of your Instagram sunsets look awfully similar…


4. And waterfalls

4. Waterfalls

Okay, I guess there are a few things we’ll all miss about this island.

5. Lots of them5. Lots of them


6. And double rainbows

6. Double rainbows


7. And lots of diverse wildlife

7. Lots of wildlife


8. Like cows just chilling on the side of the road

8. Cows


9. And these little guys

9. Little guys


10. And other little guys

10. Others


11. And massive bugs

11. Bugs


12. And boobs12. Boobs

Like you’ve never referred to Cabrits as that.

13. But definitely not gonna miss these guys

13. Bugs

These primeval creatures have existed for about four-hundred-million years…and some can be highly venomous. And you just saw one in your apartment? No worries. You probably didn’t feel like getting any sleep tonight anyway.

14. Okay, calm your nerves with a refreshing beer

14. Beer

Refreshing is a relative term. But you’re not a stranger to a different variety of beverages when you’re enjoying a night out in Portsmouth. Don’t feel like having a rum punch? How about a bucket of Kubuli and a pizza from Tulip’s? If not, I think I saw someone outside of Big Poppa’s selling ‘coconuts’..

15. De Champs

15. De Champs

Whether you’re enjoying fine dining, playing trivia during taco Tuesdays, having a mimosa-filled boozy brunch, completing the 12-hour challenge, buying the hottest faculty and students at the Ped’s Date Auction, chugging from the flabongo, or just dancing your drunken ass off, we’ve all had amazing times at this place. Probably too much fun. Shit, who did I try and make out with last night? God I hope I didn’t take too many embarrassing selfies..


16. Chop my money!

You never heard this song before you came here and you are likely never to hear it again. You know, once you delete it from your iPod.

Let’s also not forget the first time you heard this song. Chocolate codeine? Chuck my mommy? WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY SAYING?! Ohhhh…CHOP my MONEY. Gotcha.


17. Machetes & coconuts

17. coconuts

The perfect alternative to the swiss army knife, the machete is the best all around tool for just about anything and everything. Need to open a coconut? Machete. Need to cut the grass? Machete. Machete? Machete!

*Honorable mention goes to the weedwacker- the noisiest but seemingly most common gardening tool on this island


18. The New & Improved Tomato’s

18. Tomatoes

If you recognize this picture then you’ve been on the island long enough to remember when Scrappy was homeless. The servers at Tomato’s still yell out orders incomprehensibly and they seem to always forget that you ordered extra ranch with your buffalo chicken wrap. But at least we don’t have to huddle under the umbrellas anymore when it starts to rain!

19. And It Rains Here…A Lot

20. Did I Mention How Much It Rains Here?

21. Seriously?! It Didn’t Even Rain That Hard Today! Guess I’m Not Showering.

21. Not showering

This is the product of using gravity as a filtration system. And you’re about as surprised by dirty water coming out your faucet as you are when subway runs out of…well, everything.


22. Speaking of Subway..

22. Subway

You’ve eaten Subway more often since being on the island than you ever have your entire life. You’ve eaten there even after they ran out of lettuce. And meat. And bread. Just never expect extra toppings without an attitude- its like you’re stealing from their personal stash of banana peppers and ranch dressing!

23. But Seriously, Its Always Hot and/or Raining

Did you you just come from the gym? Nope, but I did just walk here from my apartment!


24. There Are Dogs Everywhere

25. That Silly Jingle The Electricity Meter Makes

The best part of getting more electricity? Air conditioning was a good guess but we all know you secretly love that catchy jingle the electricity meter makes when you top up.

26. Hot Commodities

26. Chairs

When it comes to studying in comfort, you aren’t a stranger to getting up at the crack of dawn just to secure one of these bad boys. Just don’t sit in my cube. Or in the cube next to my cube. Seriously, I don’t know you. Even if I did, I wouldn’t want you to be this close to me. And you smell a little. Go away.

27. The truth

27. Truth

Your friends and family stopped asking ‘what you’re up to lately’ because you always seem to be studying and yet they still seem surprised when you don’t come home tan. Or ‘freckly’ for the melanin challenged.


28. Boiling lake

28. Boiling lake

But you always manage to find some time to explore the island

29. Scotts Head

29. Scotts Head

Where the Caribbean meats the Atlantic


30. Morne Diablotin

30. Morne

Or climb the tallest mountain on the island


31. But mostly we just can’t wait to go home

31. Home


Not everyone’s experience in Dominica is the same. What do you miss about the island?


This post was originally published on BuzzFeed

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