I am enrolled in an Associates RN program at Ocean County College in NJ. I just finished my first semester and I have three semesters left, I go back Jan. 23rd. Basically I am considering taking a semester off and just starting in the Fall semester (if my school allows it). A lot of people I have spoken to are totally against the idea but I figured I should ask nursing students rather than friends and family.
On October 4th my grandmother died. On October 11th my grandfather died. My mom sent him to the Philippines a couple years ago and he passed away there so I never got to say goodbye to him or go to his funeral. I was incredibly close to my grandparents especially since my mother is verbally abusive and I have not seen my father in fifteen years. My boyfriend broke up with me (not a big deal but just adding to my bad luck). My home was destroyed by hurricane Sandy and two days later my engine in my car blew up. I am staying with a few different people until my family's home is re-done but I currently do not exactly have a stable place to live.
Basically after all of these things that happened in just two months I have had a difficult time focusing on school work. The beginning of the semester I was a high B student and towards the end (after everything that happened) I became a C student. Though things are getting better I still feel like I may need to take a semester off to save up some money, go to therapy, find a stable place to live, and just get my life in order. I understand that tragic things happen while you are in school and it definitely could be worse (I thank God for my health) but at the same time this is a lot for me right now. Nursing school requires you to be 100% focused and if I am not able to do that that should I be in school right now?
My options are:
A.) Suck it up and start school on the 23rd. I am already registered. I am a decent student and will do fine as long as I try really hard.
B.) Take a semester off and go back Fall 2014 instead of Spring 2014. Find a stable place to live. Go to therapy. Get my life back together. & in the mean time re-read all of my material and get a job in the hospital or nursing home.
Please respond back if you have any good advice. Thank you for reading.