Stalking the email, the mailbox, the mail truck, the college website

  1. 0 So the waiting for the letter was torturous. You know that feeling....... I woke up anxious, I went to bed anxious, I dreamed of showing up for my first day at nursing school naked and being told "Go home, you so obviously do NOT belong here." I passed the time reading, walking on the beach, playing with my dogs. Then, the letter came, and I opened it after I examined it for a few minutes. Is that my name on it? Seriously? My heart started racing, my fingers were trembling, there were tears in my eyes, because no matter what it said, there would be tears. Oh for sure there would be tears. I opened it, and it was exactly the news I'd been waiting for for sooo long as I busted my tail getting pre reqs and co reqs done. There were and there were . All at once. I checked my rear view mirror for the cops, because surely I must have looked crazy sitting in the post office parking lot. There were no cops. I took out my phone and started calling people, and quickly made my escape.

    Fast forward three weeks. I am still anxious. Even more anxious. There has been no word on orientation. There are things that I know have to be done before class starts in August. I can't get my background check/document tracker until I get my school package code. I can't order books. I can't register for class. I can get my immunization record straight, so I am doing that. (First time ever I am bouncing into the doctor's office thrilled to get shots) I can't get the health and dental exams without the forms required, which, you guessed it, we will get at orientation. I can't buy scrubs or even shoes until I know exactly what to buy. I have almost exactly two months to do all of this. Initiate panic mode. Oh oop:!!!!!! Now, I dream not of showing up for class naked, but with my teeth falling out and wearing handcuffs (the dental exam anxiety and the background check..... no arrests on my record, but could this be guilt from when I was in fourth grade and went into the neighbors unlocked garage to the refrigerator they kept there and ate a whole box of Krispy Kremes?) This journey is a stressful one, and it's only going to get more stressful. So, I have decided to take up yoga, and buy a hammock to hang between the trees out back so that I can go watch the river and the birds and decompress....... Those are the skills that I need to work on now. I shall name them...... Serenity Skills.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 24, '13
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  4. Visit  Lollipops profile page
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    You are quite an entertaining writer! Good luck and congrats! I start in August as well.
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    You are quite an entertaining writer! Good luck and congrats! I start in August as well.
    That's awesome! Congrats to you as well! The wait is making me a little nuts! Lol
  6. Visit  ambitiousBSN profile page
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    Good idea on getting started with your shots. Do you have your CPR certification? If not, that's also something you're definitely going to need. Are your books not posted on your bookstore's website yet? I only ask because ours were posted before we even found out what was required. That's awful though because there's a lot to be taken care of in that short amount of time! :-(
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    Good idea on getting started with your shots. Do you have your CPR certification? If not, that's also something you're definitely going to need. Are your books not posted on your bookstore's website yet? I only ask because ours were posted before we even found out what was required. That's awful though because there's a lot to be taken care of in that short amount of time! :-(
    Yep, I've got my CPR for healthcare workers, and they won't even post the NUR books on the bookstore site! I wish they would, I would be poring over them like a maniac! But no..... instead I look at my old A & P book and point out body parts on my family members. They are ready to have me commited.
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    Yep, I've got my CPR for healthcare workers, and they won't even post the NUR books on the bookstore site! I wish they would, I would be poring over them like a maniac! But no..... instead I look at my old A & P book and point out body parts on my family members. They are ready to have me commited.
    Wow! I really hope they give you an extension for your documents and such. Usually nursing schools have their orientation in June, so maybe it's coming! It's unfortunate that they'll be providing you with specific physical forms or else you could just see your doctor. We didn't receive any specific paper work, we were just told to go on CertifiedBackground and see what was required and go from there.
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    Wow! I really hope they give you an extension for your documents and such. Usually nursing schools have their orientation in June, so maybe it's coming! It's unfortunate that they'll be providing you with specific physical forms or else you could just see your doctor. We didn't receive any specific paper work, we were just told to go on CertifiedBackground and see what was required and go from there.
    But don't you need what they call a package code for Certified background? Your school has a package code that they use. Or at least that's what certified background told me when I tried to jump the gun and sign up! On a happier note the bookstore did finally list which books we need for the first semester so I was able to get the ISBNs and look them up on half.com, which saves a TON of money!
  10. Visit  ruby1989 profile page
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    Haha, I felt very similar. I remember after I had my interview for nursing school, they told me that the letter would come in three weeks. I felt like that was a precise number, so I was expecting them to hold true to their word. Three weeks came and went. Every day while I was in school my mom would bug the mailman and ask, "Are you sure that's all the mail you got?" Four weeks came and went. Somewhere in week five I got my acceptance letter. I was so nervous to open it, so I did it very slowly. Eventually I saw "congratulations" and I ripped that enveloped open to shreds. I did a dance and cried in my room.

    And then I, too, became anxious because I realized I had to get a ton of stuff done. I got accepted at the end of April and had to have all my immunizations, physical, background check, dentist appointment, and CPR done by June. I must of had like 20 papers to mail. I checked that I had all of them at least 15 times neurotically the day before I mailed them. Then I checked then again and again and again.

    Phew... okay, but then I wondered when the orientation information and class information would come. I was worried about that as well. The acceptance letter told me I would receive an e-mail sometime during summer, which sounded very ambiguous. I finally received the e-mail, was able to register for classes, and found out that my orientation is on August 13. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulder.

    Don't forget to breathe, you will find out soon enough. If I was able to get all those things in on time, so can you. Good luck!
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    Haha, I felt very similar. I remember after I had my interview for nursing school, they told me that the letter would come in three weeks. I felt like that was a precise number, so I was expecting them to hold true to their word. Three weeks came and went. Every day while I was in school my mom would bug the mailman and ask, "Are you sure that's all the mail you got?" Four weeks came and went. Somewhere in week five I got my acceptance letter. I was so nervous to open it, so I did it very slowly. Eventually I saw "congratulations" and I ripped that enveloped open to shreds. I did a dance and cried in my room.

    And then I, too, became anxious because I realized I had to get a ton of stuff done. I got accepted at the end of April and had to have all my immunizations, physical, background check, dentist appointment, and CPR done by June. I must of had like 20 papers to mail. I checked that I had all of them at least 15 times neurotically the day before I mailed them. Then I checked then again and again and again.

    Phew... okay, but then I wondered when the orientation information and class information would come. I was worried about that as well. The acceptance letter told me I would receive an e-mail sometime during summer, which sounded very ambiguous. I finally received the e-mail, was able to register for classes, and found out that my orientation is on August 13. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulder.

    Don't forget to breathe, you will find out soon enough. If I was able to get all those things in on time, so can you. Good luck!
    Lucky you! You are all registered for classes already too! That is awesome. Our program head said we had to wait to register for classes because she had to secure clinical sites and put us in groups. So.... tapping foot....... BUT, at least I can order my books for first semester! Woohoo! Something to focus on besides my inbox. LOL I'm just so worried I'm going to miss the email, or the letter (if they send a snail mail) will end up in someone else's PO Box....... *sigh* Deep breaths. Congrats to you!
  12. Visit  ruby1989 profile page
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    Quote from LoriKiersteadMattis
    Lucky you! You are all registered for classes already too! That is awesome. Our program head said we had to wait to register for classes because she had to secure clinical sites and put us in groups. So.... tapping foot....... BUT, at least I can order my books for first semester! Woohoo! Something to focus on besides my inbox. LOL I'm just so worried I'm going to miss the email, or the letter (if they send a snail mail) will end up in someone else's PO Box....... *sigh* Deep breaths. Congrats to you!
    Books, books, books! Lucky you! I so badly want to get mine. They're probably at the bookstore, but I have to wait for my loan to kick in before I can purchase them. I remember before I got accepted I was scoping out the bookstore and looked through the nursing books they had. I must had been standing there reading for 15 minutes or so until someone asked if I needed help finding something. I kept thinking, I wish I did!

    Haha, it's funny how nursing puts irrational fear and anxiety into all of us! I kept thinking crazy things like, what if the postal workers accidentally lose my letter with all my paperwork? What if the mailman delivers it to the wrong building?

    My irrational fear was warranted, however, with the e-mail! I kept worrying, what if somehow my campus e-mail doesn't work? I had the campus mail forwarded to my normal e-mail and received the nursing info on orientation and scheduling. Guess what? I'm still receiving generic campus related mail with the campus mail, but the important nursing e-mail never has yet to arrive in my campus mail. I'm so glad I'm paranoid and changed it!

    So sometimes being crazy is warranted . Don't feel so bad!
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    Books, books, books! Lucky you! I so badly want to get mine. They're probably at the bookstore, but I have to wait for my loan to kick in before I can purchase them. I remember before I got accepted I was scoping out the bookstore and looked through the nursing books they had. I must had been standing there reading for 15 minutes or so until someone asked if I needed help finding something. I kept thinking, I wish I did!

    Haha, it's funny how nursing puts irrational fear and anxiety into all of us! I kept thinking crazy things like, what if the postal workers accidentally lose my letter with all my paperwork? What if the mailman delivers it to the wrong building?

    My irrational fear was warranted, however, with the e-mail! I kept worrying, what if somehow my campus e-mail doesn't work? I had the campus mail forwarded to my normal e-mail and received the nursing info on orientation and scheduling. Guess what? I'm still receiving generic campus related mail with the campus mail, but the important nursing e-mail never has yet to arrive in my campus mail. I'm so glad I'm paranoid and changed it!

    So sometimes being crazy is warranted . Don't feel so bad!
    That's so funny, you are so right! We are all in pretty much the same boat! But some people have moved so far ahead and now all they are doing is waiting for school to start! I don't know of any other programs where the students are so driven, maybe med school, but we nursing students for the most part just can't wait to get underway in this journey. We work so hard on pre reqs, and then co reqs, if you are like me and you didn't get in when you first applied...... I'm just not used to having a summer off. It's making me a little looney tunes. I have a job but the hours available are so few and far between. So now you have scared me half to death with that email story! OMG...... see? I know my dream tonight will consist of me opening my dozens of email accounts looking for that elusive email to no avail, and I will miss orientation and get kicked out of the program!
  14. Visit  i♥words profile page
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    I'm laughing because your post is hilarious, but I know exactly what you are saying. I start in the fall as well.

    They (the school) said I would hear by such and such a date of my acceptance or rejection. The day came and went, and of course I was checking for that letter anxiously every single day. Then they said they were having some issues, so I would hear by another such and such a date. Finally I got my acceptance letter!

    I did get all the info about the background check and immunizations and registering for classes, so I am done with all of that. All that is left is a drug test. I haven't been told anything about orientation, and, yeah, that worries me a little.

    I think our problem with waiting is that, for us, this is one of the biggest ventures we've ever set out on, so right now we're just so wrapped up in all of it. For the school, though, this is a regular, routine process. Not that they don't care, but they aren't jumping up and down excitedly or biting their fingernails off anxiously like we are. They have their system, and they'll let us know what we are supposed to do when we're supposed to do it.

    As for the dreams... I have a recurring nightmare of battling never-ending stoplights and getting to class super late only to find out it's test day and I didn't even know about it or study for it (I've had this same dream since I started college two years ago), so I'm with you on that one.
  15. Visit  HomeGrownMichiganRN profile page
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    I just wanted to post to tell you all that 3 years ago when I started nursing school I was the same way. Every semester I would be excited to have one class done but so ready to start the next one. Until the last couple of semesters. Then I just wanted to be done. The time comes and goes so fast. One day I was a student at the college looking at all the nursing students walking in their scrubs and wishing so much I could be one. Then wishing so much I could be finishing my last class and graduating.
    Enjoy your time as a student and try to soak up as much as you can. But also try to take time out for yourself also. Nursing school is hard and stressful! When you have a break even if it is just a small holiday break, try to do some things that make you happy. As nice as it sounds to get ahead on school work, it is possible to burn yourself out. My last semester I was so tired of being in school all the time and all the papers and clinicals and everything else I wondered if I would even make it through the semester. But I did and actually took my NCLEX-RN yesterday. Stopped at 75 questions. Hopefully I will find out tomorrow by quick results that I passed.
    I am rambling. Anyway enjoy your time in school but taking time out for yourself is very important too. I wish you all the best of luck in your new endeavor!
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