Am I dumb??

  1. I'm sorry if I am wasting your time with silly questions....


    So I applied for the nursing program at SFSU (It's actually in conjunction with Canada College for 2nd bach students (me).

    I applied in November and won't find out until end March/first week April. I feel nauseous EVERY day just thinking about it.

    My b/f says that I will be fine and he knows I'll get in. I think I am a great candidate (not to toot my horn), but I have wanted to be a nurse for *years*: I helped my mom raised my brother who was a near-drowning victim. He was 3 when it happen and suffered permanent brain damage from it. He died in 2001.

    I have a 3.9, have worked in academic, research, and clinical medicine at UCLA, Stanford, and UCSF. I have volunteered a **ton**, too. I have great letter so rec.

    My worry, though is that one of the "extra credit" supplemental criteria is having multicultural experience or speaking a second language. I am not FLUENT in another language, but know some German and Spanish.

    I am afraid that because I am not fluent, I won’t get it and I will have to sit around for another year. I honestly think I am going to get an ulcer. There are 40 seats for over 300 applicants.

    I get so sad thinking that I might not get in….

    HELP!!!
    Last edit by jewelsg627 on Jan 4, '07
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   sziq1
    No, I don't think you are dumb! I felt the same way last semester. I was in a similar situation with the school that I applied to. There are 22 openings every semester and over 300 who applied. I did get in and I start on the 17th! I don't speak any other language fluently but it would help. I did take a spanish class last semester that helped but I am not fluent but i got accepted.
    You sound like you have a good background and good grades, the letters of reccomendation could only help! I know it is hell to wait for that letter but my guess is that you will get in. If you don't then just try again next semester. I know that is easier said than done but you will be ok!
    I truly believe that everything happens for a reason so weather you get in this semster or next there is a reason why.

    I hope this helps, just try not to go too crazy waiting!
  4. by   MajorAl
    First, you need to learn there is no such thing as a silly (or dumb) question. The only way a question could be dumb would be if EVERYONE knew the answer. Second, you need to trust your boyfriend (unless he wants you to do something your daddy says no to, then say no ) he sounds like he knows you and your abilities. Third, are you willing to habla un pocito de espanol con un paciente? You know a little, try to learn a few nursing/medical related phrases and how to use them. You'll do fine.
  5. by   kduncan1954
    no your not dumb--but you will probably get the seat--trust what your b/f says
  6. by   Pompom
    Dumb no, maybe a tad insecure. Sounds like you will make a great candidate for nursing school. I wouldn't worry about being bilingual, after all we are still in the USA and interpreters are available in all hospitals,even if it from an AT&T source. Good luck to you.
  7. by   IamRN2345
    The wait to find out if I'd been accepted into nursing school was harder than waiting on board results. You are completely normal and everybody I've known experiences all the same doubts and fears. If it is meant to be, you will get it.
  8. by   Jo Dirt
    WhenI applied to nursing school (LPN and RN) I was told there were only a few seats and hundreds of applicants.
    I got accepted to both schools on my first try (chose LPN at the time because it was a lot closer to home) and I'm certainly not "gifted." Not even close. They will tell you that everywhere, don't let it scare you.
  9. by   jimthorp
    Quote from jewelsg627
    My worry, though is that one of the "extra credit" supplemental criteria is having multicultural experience or speaking a second language.
    I've not heard of this before.
  10. by   moongirl
    A second language was not a requirement for my school

    there were 275 applicants for 65 seats, my gpa was 3.79 and I got in- try to relax otherwise you will be a puddle by April!

    BTW- hug that bf of yours for his support and encouagement!
  11. by   bethin
    I'm the one that's dumb compared to you! You have accomplished so much and you must be proud of that. I think all your other qualities will outshine that extra credit. If not, take a foreign language course. I've found that spanish is very helpful and is an asset to your resume. And it shouldn't be hard since you know some spanish.

    I think you'll have no problems getting in. Good luck and stop worrying!

    Sorry about your brother. That had to be hard since you were so close to him.
  12. by   Cmariehart
    It sounds to me like you'll get in. hug your BF he's supportive. Now just multiply how nervous you are now by 100 and that's how you'll feel leading up to your NCLEX test and it will get worse after you take and have to wait for an answer...... You'll get in just smile and relax
  13. by   cad4296
    It sounds like you are a shoe in! If you want to hear about dumb, hey you could be me! I'm applying to a school with a 3.4! This school has 130 seats and on average gets between 1,800 to 2,000 applicants! Last year they had 140 people applying with 4.0's! Now you could be in my situation and know you don't have a fighting chance and that you need a miracle of God to get in! Relax! All you can do is apply and wait! Trust me you have a great shot! Now go get a pedicure and relax for a while! Life after you get in will be enough stress!
  14. by   jewelsg627
    Oh my gosh!! I love all of you guys! These forums are the *BEST*!

    Thanks for all your encouragement. I feel better, but I will just have to wait and see.

    Hey jimthrop and moongirl - it's not a "requirement" per se, but applicants get "extra points" for speaking another language OR having "multicultural experience". I was a camp counselor for underprivileged kids and worked in the geriatric clinic @ Stanford, so they said that would count. I just think speaking Spanish would give that "extra boost".

    Crossing my fingers....

    Again, thank you ALL for your support. I truly am SOOOOO glad I joined these forums...everyone helps so much!!! *tearing up*

    :kiss

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