First, I want to say hello to a fellow Texan. I'm figuring you live near where I grew up (Humble High School, Class of '91). I spent a majority of my younger years in Atascocita, never dreaming I would end up halfway across the country and in nursing school, no less!! I always wanted to be a teacher...ROFL!
I applied in March of 2003 for our ADN program. They announced the list of those who got in around the first week of June.....alas, I was not on it. They took 40 applicants out of around 200 who applied...I was #44...sigh. So I kept calling every week and by the time orientation for the accepted students rolled around, I had moved up to #41. I showed up for our 16 hours (over 2 days) orientation not knowing whether I stood a chance. As it turned out, several students who had been accepted AND sent their acceptance letter into the Allied Health Department failed to show up for the mandatory orientation with no call, no explanation why they were a no-show. The Director was impressed that I had showed up, even though I was still an alternate and immediately gave me one of those slots.
Here it is, almost 2 years later, and I'm proud to say I will be graduating May 24, 2005. I have just signed my contract with a large teaching hospital in Reno and will be starting my nursing career in the ICU, where I've been employed for over a year now as an Apprentice Nurse.
I know it's hard and I know it's stressful....during those days when I was anxiously awaiting to find out whether I would have to start the application process all over again, I found things to occupy my mind. I spent a lot of time playing with my kids, laying by the pool, reading book after book, and just relaxing. I figured that I had better relax in the event I got into the program, knowing that the 2 years following acceptance I would have little time to relax.
Hang in there and GOOD LUCK!!!!!
P.S. Even after being gone from Humble for over 10 years, I still miss it on occasion. I miss the terrific food, the great people, and the ridiculously low cost of housing there. Here, a decent 1500sq ft home will run around $350,000!!!!! I still remember the house we sold for just under $100,000 in Atascocita South.....sigh.....anyways, say hello to my old hometown for me. And eat some good Mexican food...Lord knows I can't find ANY decent mexican stuff here!!!!