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Congrats everyone!!! This is sooooooo exciting! I was hoping we could all introduce ourselves seeing as will be seeing lots of each other starting Summer. 

My name is Johana Soto ill be joining you all from the sunshine state, Delray Beach Florida! 

This is a dream come true!!! 

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Hey Johana! I am Jenn from here in Birmingham. SO EXCITED to start this journey! I am more than happy to show anyone around Birmingham, or give suggestions of places to live. WE DID IT!

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I believe that the current 1st year's president will make a Facebook page and invite us! Not sure timeline-wise when that will be. 

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My name is Katie Winfrey, I received the call Tuesday night around 7pm! I'm from Oxford, AL, about an hour east of bham.... I am SO excited to meet everyone! We are going to have the best time of our lives in PA school! Congratulations everyone, we did it!!

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Congratulations, everyone! My name is Steven Milligan and I live in Birmingham/work at UAB. I can't wait to meet everyone in the Summer/Fall. :)

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Hi!

 

I'm Kaleigh Naylor. I was originally accepted into the class of 2010, but took some years off for family. I'm ecstatic to be a part of the class of 2018! I've lived in Birmingham for the last 10 years- except for a brief stint in Oregon when I was working as an apprentice midwife at a birth center- and have worked as a doula and childbirth educator here for the past 6 years. I'm looking forward to getting to know as many of my classmates as possible!

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Hi everyone! Excited to start this journey with everyone. For those of you who are from or live in Birmingham, can you recommend what areas of town we should look for to live? I have only been to Birmingham once and that was for the interview so any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks and congrat to all!

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Congrats everyone! I'm Lauren Searcy from Woodstock, GA...but finishing up my undergrad in Tuscaloosa, AL right now. Super excited to meet everyone and start this journey!

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Hi everyone! Excited to start this journey with everyone. For those of you who are from or live in Birmingham, can you recommend what areas of town we should look for to live? I have only been to Birmingham once and that was for the interview so any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks and congrat to all!

Hi! It depends on your budget. You can find housing downtown near campus but it's pricey and the apartments are a lot older. I would try to stay near Homewood, Vestavia, and Hoover. It depends on your budget and how far you're willing to commute. If you find a place and want to know more about it, feel free to ask! I'll help any way I can!

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Hi everyone! Excited to start this journey with everyone. For those of you who are from or live in Birmingham, can you recommend what areas of town we should look for to live? I have only been to Birmingham once and that was for the interview so any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks and congrat to all!

My husband and I own a home in South Eastlake. It's an easy commute to UAB and easy access to I59 and I20, very affordable (especially if you want to rent and want a bit more space). The neighborhood is currently revitalizing, though, so it requires a bit of a pioneering spirit, but we love our neighbors  and community. It's a quick drive to the Crestwood and Avondale neighborhoods, both of which I also love, but can't afford! Avondale was recently named the "most hip" neighborhood in Birmingham- and it is. It has some of the best food and brews (if that's your thing) in Birmingham and is home to Satellite/Saturn (Satellite was recently named the #1 coffee shop in Alabama). However, over the course of my time in Birmingham, I've also lived in Southside/Highlands (super convenient to UAB) and Homewood (in Homewood Townhomes on Valley Avenue- the road that goes right past the Vulcan). I lived in Cahaba Heights when I was in my last year of undergrad at UAB back in 2006/2007 and it was a hellacious commute. But it's a more gentrified neighborhood. There are tons of options- it all depends on what your goals are! In terms of Alabama, or even the South in general, Birmingham is a phenomenally fun place to be. Hope this was helpful!

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For those who are not familiar with Birmingham, feel free to shoot me an email at jenw89@gmail.com. I'll be happy to help with your transition! Can't wait to meet everyone and start this huge journey!

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Congrats everyone! I'm so excited to start next year! Should we create a FB group for our class?

 

 

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Congrats everyone! I'm so excited to start next year! Should we create a FB group for our class?

 

 

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Word on the street is that the president of the class above us will create one for us. Not sure when this will be though, I'm guessing closer to the start of the program but who knows. But I am eager to meet and get to know everyone!

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Hey everyone! My name is Korina Nance. So excited we made it! I'm currently finishing up a masters at UAB and went to UAB for undergrad, so I can also answer any questions you guys might have! I was told the facebook group would be created around May but if anyone wants to do an unofficial one for now, I'm down. I live downtown... They are not the nicest apartments, but they are cheap ($675 for a 2 bedroom) and predominantly rented out by students. They are a 20 minute walk or 7 minute bike ride from where our classes will be. May be looking for a roomie by the time classes start but it's all up in the air for now! Looking forward to the next couple years with you guys!

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Hi guys! I'm Alayna Holderfield, and I'm beyond excited to go through PA school with each of you! I've lived in Birmingham for the last 3 1/2 years (downtown near campus) and love it. If you're looking for something a little less expensive, Lakeshore and South Homewood might be good options. I pay around $630 for my share in a 4 bedroom at University House (not the best place for grad students), but I've also heard of other students paying in the $500 range at Lakeshore. I would look for places close to Samford University or English Village. Downtown is a great place to be if you can afford it. It's super close to campus, surrounded by great places to eat, and has lots of new apartment complexes opening up. Hope this helps!

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Alayna are you from Gadsden, AL? I think I know you! Small world! This is Stephanie Christian (used to be Chesser). I have also been accepted into the class of 2018!

 

 

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Hey Stephanie! Callie Minyard told me you had gotten in as well! We work at children's together. I'm so excited to have a few familiar faces in our class!

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