I am real conflicted about posting this because I'm embarrassed and afraid of the answers that I'll get, but I figure that being honest with myself and my situation and it will be better for me in the long run, I hope. Here it is:
I attended a private college straight out of high school and was and average student in my first two years, earning around a 2.5 g.p.a. towards a liberal arts degree. However, in my third year of college I lost my focus and direction and failed all of my classes, all from not attending. I was clinically depressed at the time - I would sleep most of the day and rarely leave my apartment. I was subsequently suspended from school and went home. I didn't even know what depression was at the time(I was confused, sad, and alone but didn't know why) but I have come to understand it through talk and drug therapy, and I can cope with it now much more maturely than I did a number of years ago. I've been rebuilding my life slowly. While at home I started working in a group home for mentally handicapped individuals and found a calling in health care. A lot of my friends were encouraging me to become a nurse and I began to see that nursing fits my personality type perfectly.
My whole point is that since I failed all of my classes in my third year of college, bringing my overall gpa down to under a 2.00, It's been impossible to get my academic career back on track because most schools won't accept a gpa that low (and I don't blame them.) My circumstances are not really unique as there are many students who drop/fail out of school, and I understand that there is no good reason for a school to accept me since I haven't proven anything. I have taken classes since that time and have received A's in every class, but it's just not enough.
I have a real fear that I will never be able to live down my mistakes and pursue a career in nursing. I am determined to become a nurse, but I worry that it's just blind determination that isn't realistic and will cause a lot of disappointment when my goal doesn't work out. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Sorry for the length!
Feb 26, '07
something similar happened to me, but i did it my first year so fortunately (for me) i was able to bring up my gpa because well, it's easier to bring up a gpa when you dont have as many credits. it was a rude awakening, coming from HS with a 3.8 GPA (which included college classes at the SCHOOL I GOT KICKED OUT OF! ha). probation 1st semester, suspended on the 2nd. cute.
i then decided to be a nurse. good timing.
my solution? i have to leave my state. there was no way i was getting into nursing school here. they flat out refused. "maybe you can come back for the rn-->bsn if you go somewhere else for an adn. but there is really no way you could bring up your gpa enough to get into nursing here"
nursing is my dream, so i'm moving.
please dont give up
when there is a will, there is a way
Last edit by peacelovestar on Sep 17, '08