there is a wide variety of people in the program at this time. this is not my first time 'round in college, so i felt old when i started. as i met people in the classes, i found that not everyone is still under the legal drinking age. many are doing the second career thing, wanting to do more. i was surprised how many were married with families. how they are doing it, i'm not so sure. a little more than 10 percent are guys. i have no idea why this is still such a low number. the culture is changing, but very slowly. if you are not 19 with full support from your parents, i would highly recommend going through this program on the three year, part-time track. many of us have had to do this for one reason or another along the way. the program isn't really do-able unless you have absolutely no other commitments. it's hard to wrap my head around what happens when you start that first semester. i'm not trying to scare you away though. it's so so so worth it. nursing needs you. so, do it in three years and you'll be happier. i'm fine with it really. it's just that i wish i knew that in the first place. i was so dissappointed in myself that i couldn't go forward as planned. it's better to do it right the first time. i was in such a rush.
when i applied, it was a last minute, rush around thing. i decided i wanted to go to nursing school
, got online to start researching, and found i had to have my application in by friday (it was wednesday) or wait another year. i ran around like a crazy lady, obtaining my recommendations and writing my essay. i drove to uic and turned in my application in person late friday afternoon. i was waitlisted, but i got in and started classes that fall.
p.s. andrea schmoyer is the contact for the undergraduate programs at uic's college of nursing. she's accustomed to answering the kind of questions you probably have at this time regarding applying. she was very friendly the day i ran in there with my application. all i had to do was introduce myself and shake her hand. she is busy though, so i recommend calling for an appointment if you'd actually like to sit down with her and have a conversation.