Yeah, okay, if it took smarts I would have been lonnnnnng gone from there...haha. Now now, seriously....
Prunepie, I am far from the "class brain".....Now, in prereqs I may have qualified quite a bit. Nursing lecture courses, however, have been another story. Of course, part of my handicap has been trying to bite off more than I can chew or trying to maintain the same size, uhm, bolus. Ex..trying to continue working the same kind of hours as always while in nursing school. I would now list that as one of the top 10 ways to crash.
What it takes, I think, more than anything.....You have to want it. If you want it and are willing to work harder than you've ever worked in your life to get it, you will. I envy those who have a grade scale of 74.....ours is 80! I've heard others say their passing grade had to be a 95. Okay, I wouldn't have even attempted that one; I'd been booted out from day 1. (Can you imagine THAT stress!?! Heavens!)
Purplekath and francine79 both said what I think is the main thing: You need to be prepared and you need to be disciplined. Work hard! This program won't last for the rest of your life, but your career can if you want it.
Btw, have I told anyone lately that I'm STILL SO HAPPY that I survived the second semester!?!