I figured I would keep up with the get to know me section with my nursing school story. Like I said in my first post, I didn’t take the traditional 4 year route even though that was my original plan. Let’s start from the beginning though…
I graduated high school in 2010 knowing that I wanted to go into nursing school right from the get go. I was accepted into Uconn but not for nursing. My assigned advisor said that if I did 2 years working on my prerequisites I would be accepted into the program. I took his word for it and went to uconn right out of high school. I was completting the courses I had to and in the spring of 2011 I applied into the nursing program. I got a letter in the mail telling me I was not accepted because of lack of open seats in the class. I was heart broken but once again listened to my advisor who told me to do one more year and then reapply. Since he was supposed to be my go to person who I can trust with all decisions regarding my education I chose to listen to him. I did another year of core classes and once again applied. Just like the first time I was rejected because of the lack of seats available.
At this point I was beyond discouraged and had lost hope in my chances of getting into my dream nursing program. I ignored everything my advisor told me after my second rejection. He clearly didn’t have a clue what was going on and didn’t have my best interest in mind. I started applying to other nursing programs with hopes that I hadn’t wasted two years of my life to not get in somewhere.
I got a phone call from the transfer advisor at USJ saying that I had been accepted into their nursing program!! I was so thrilled that it didn’t even phase me when she said I would be in the 4 year course and graduating in 2016. It took me a while to calm down and process what she had said. Did I really want to start over again after 2 years of hard work? In the end I chose to accept the offer to be in he nursing program at USJ and honestly I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I have loved every second of my time at this school and I truly believe it is the perfect fit for me. I’ve made some great friends who have been with me through it all.
I have one more year left of nursing school and will be graduating in May of 2016 and will have my RN BSN. It has been a long 6 years but it had all worked out for the best. I’ll admit, it was really difficult in 2014 to see most people I went to high school with graduating college knowing that I still had another 2 years to go. I was able to push past that and continue to do the best I can and succeed in one of the most difficult nursing programs in the state.
My advice for anyone going through a situation similar to this? Stick it out. It might be tough to see people your age graduating but I promise you you’re not the only o e in your situation. There are plenty of people who missed their opportunity the first time around and are now back at it. Keep your head up. No matter how long it takes you to get your degree just remember that it’ll be worth it. You’re doing some thing that not everyone can say they’re doing. Make the best of the situation and roll with the punches, it does get better.
Until next time…