Im currently a Biology major at the University of North Texas and I was just accepted into the BSN program at Clemson University in South Carolina. (The program starts in the fall, all of the other schools Im applying to start in the spring, so I am having some reservations about going...)
First of all, Ive heard that many hospitals will do tuition reimbursement...how does this work? Is it common? Any stipulations?
Secondly, does anyone go to Clemson or know anything about their program that may be helpful?
Most of my concern is centered around the cost. As an out of state student, tuition is $14000 a year + living expenses. If I stay here in Dallas, it wont be NEARLY as much, but there is also no guarantee that I will get into TWU or any of the other Texas schools that Im applying to. What's a girl to do??
Any advice or information would be GREATLY appreciated!
Apr 20, '04
I cant answer a lot of your questions but what I can answer is the tuition reimbursment thing. My friend just got a job as a nurse here in Arkansas and she said that she gets an extra 152 dollars a pay period to pay towards her loan. She doesn't like it like that because she doesn't always spend her money on the loan. She said she wish the would send it straight to the loaner. She also said that her minimum payment on her loan was like 50 bucks so she is getting to pay her loan of like 3 times faster if she would ever put the monet to the loan.She also got a sign on bonus!
Now my question for you: What city in TX would you reccommend to people to stay in? Everyone is saying stay away from Dallas and Houston. What is your opinion about Texas?
Apr 20, '04
It really depends on what type of surroundings you prefer. Personally, Im a city girl. Ive lived about 30 mins from Dallas for most of my life and I like it. I dont care for Houston...too busy, too polluted.
Austin is an awesome place to be. There is always something happening (a lot of music festivals and such)
As far as West Texas goes, Im not a fan. I moved to Lubbock (in the panhandle) for a semester to go to Texas Tech and HATED it! It was 6 hours from ANYTHING and the only thing to do was go to bars and drink. Lots of cows and empty fields in West Texas. If you like the country, though, it may be a good place for you. (Watch out for that W. Texas wind, though!!)
What area are you interested in moving to?
Apr 20, '04
I live waaay in W. Texas. DO NOT come here!!!!! You will hate it...I am ready to finish school so I can move to San Antonio or a suburb at least. Lots of culture, festivals, etc. going on there. I have never met a person who says they dislike San Antonio.
Apr 21, '04
It funny how people either like W. Texas or they don't, there's no inbetween...(I'm out here too - the Army thinks is funny!)
Stay in Texas...the tuition is better and there are many great nursing schools in the state. To name two, Stephan F Austin State in Nacogdoches, TX (East Texas) and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Tx.
Just my $.02
Apr 21, '04
My fiance is from Houston and I despise that town. Another few blocks of shopping malls pop up every time we visit -- it's crazy. I've heard fabulous things about Austin, though, and I get to visit San Antonio at the end of May for a few days, so I'm looking forward to that.
One of my best friends is from Amarillo and I agree -- avoid the panhandle like the plague. Bleh!
May 2, '04
TX is such a wonderful place b/c of the weather. I am from the snowbelt, and I have never had a notion to leave TX, expect to go back to the snowbelt to see my teenage daughter. Dallas, TX offers much enjoyment. I love the surrounding suburbs west of Dallas. The city has it's faults, but the pluses far outweigh the negatives. I am visiting north right now, and the grocery stores do not even sell tortillas. I like the tomato basil variety, and that is a tall order for this city up north. I couldn't find my salsa either. Dallas, TX is a really happening city if you ask me, and I have lived in a few different geographical areas around the US.
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