Taking advice from advisors - page 2

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this may not be a very popular thread, but it involves something that has been bothering me for a few weeks now. it is my hope that maybe it'll change the way some students may feel, and help them if they are (or ever will be)... Read More


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    NurseEducate: Thank you for posting this. I think that when many students are told not do to something, they think they know themselves best and can "handle it all", when inactualilty, that's not always the case.

    I think what you've posted is excellent advice and would only add to it:

    For pre-nursing students, when you seek advice/counseling and recommendations are made regarding course sequencing, load, and admissions requirements - take those recommendations to heart. Many advisors / counselors see students who want to rush through then process, submit applications as soon as possible and graduate in an unrealistic timeline. I've known students to take on too much, only to earn "C" grades and make them less competitive in the admission process, or in some cases, ineligible for programs.
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    Quote from CalGal98
    I think what you've posted is excellent advice and would only add to it:

    For pre-nursing students, when you seek advice/counseling and recommendations are made regarding course sequencing, load, and admissions requirements - take those recommendations to heart. Many advisors / counselors see students who want to rush through then process, submit applications as soon as possible and graduate in an unrealistic timeline. I've known students to take on too much, only to earn "C" grades and make them less competitive in the admission process, or in some cases, ineligible for programs.
    Excellent addition!! I can't believe I forgot that aspect. I serve on the admissions committee as well, and it breaks my heart to see people rushing through pre-reqs and getting C's, which make them much less competitive. The whoole "I need to get this done as soon as possible" attitude puts them at a disadvantage over people who ewant to do it the right way. Believe me, I get that no one wants to spend 5 years in school as an adult, but the reality is, many end up doing just that because they are not getting into teh nursing programs, then decide to retake those C classes in hopes to get accepted to a program.
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    I agree with the above. I will also mention that it is painful when you tell a student who has not passed any of the last semester's 12 hours worth of courses that you will not sign off on 18 hours of difficult classes, only to see them circumvent you, take 18 hours, and fail them also.

    I promise you, we don't advise you intending to hurt your feelings, lower your self-esteem, or make you feel bad. We are trying to give you the best chance of success, and the information comes from years of watching students make the same decisions. Of course, there is the occasional exception to the rule, but we are giving you our best advice in hopes that you will succeed.

    I wish more students would take advantage of the campus resources- both financial and emotional help is available for no/low cost at most campuses. Please don't wait until it's too late.
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