FINALLY made it...

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    after 2 years on the waitlist I finally made it. I start the nursing program at Kirkwood in January.

    It's been a really frustrating journey for me. I started off at the University of Missouri and spent 2 years goofing off and really screwing myself over. I did not live in a dorm and one of my roomates was an alcoholic who, soon after I left, was kicked out of school.
    After coming to Kirkwood my grades flourished and I excelled. I had a few transfer credits from Mizzou but I did most of my stuff here at Kirkwood (A&P, developmental psych, etc . . .). I started here in the fall of '06, had most of my classes done by the following year and I sat on the waitlist, well, waiting. I took all the classes I could to pass the time and keep loans from hitting me. I took some really fun classes like Audio Recording (my brother owns and operates his own recording studio at Indiana University) so I had fun while waiting.

    I finally ran out of stuff to take so I laid out this semester and I got a nice job working as a tech at a pharmacy. I didn't have the certifications to get a job at a hospital which is what I really wanted.

    So anyway, here I am! I start the program in January and I could not be happier to FINALLY see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Any other kirkwood students either in the program now or going into it? If you are in the program and don't mind sparing the time, I wouldn't mind knowing what to expect from the teachers, classes, etc . . .

    -Mark Stewart

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    I graduated from Kirkwood last year, and overall I feel I had a decent education! good luck with classes....PM me if you want specifics on any certain teachers or classes.
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    I'm in my first semester of the night and weekend program at Kirkwood.

    So far, it rocks!!
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    Quote from marktheawesome
    after 2 years on the waitlist I finally made it. I start the nursing program at Kirkwood in January.

    It's been a really frustrating journey for me. I started off at the University of Missouri and spent 2 years goofing off and really screwing myself over. I did not live in a dorm and one of my roomates was an alcoholic who, soon after I left, was kicked out of school.
    After coming to Kirkwood my grades flourished and I excelled. I had a few transfer credits from Mizzou but I did most of my stuff here at Kirkwood (A&P, developmental psych, etc . . .). I started here in the fall of '06, had most of my classes done by the following year and I sat on the waitlist, well, waiting. I took all the classes I could to pass the time and keep loans from hitting me. I took some really fun classes like Audio Recording (my brother owns and operates his own recording studio at Indiana University) so I had fun while waiting.

    I finally ran out of stuff to take so I laid out this semester and I got a nice job working as a tech at a pharmacy. I didn't have the certifications to get a job at a hospital which is what I really wanted.

    So anyway, here I am! I start the program in January and I could not be happier to FINALLY see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Any other kirkwood students either in the program now or going into it? If you are in the program and don't mind sparing the time, I wouldn't mind knowing what to expect from the teachers, classes, etc . . .

    -Mark Stewart
    Hi Mark,
    You mentioned in your message you got a certificate...was that the CNA certificate while you were waiting? If so -- how was that test etc? I am getting ready to take the 150 hour course in Des Moines ...somewhere and wanting to get certified...any words of wisdom for me?
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    Quote from ckhamill
    Hi Mark,
    You mentioned in your message you got a certificate...was that the CNA certificate while you were waiting? If so -- how was that test etc? I am getting ready to take the 150 hour course in Des Moines ...somewhere and wanting to get certified...any words of wisdom for me?
    I DON'T have my CNA which is why I could not get any jobs with a hospital or anything like that. The certification I do have is with the board of pharmacists to legally be a technician in a pharmacy.
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    Ahhh! I see. Congratulations on that certification! I am happy for you! Good luck in your nursing program. My daughter is starting it here in December! Best of wishes and God Bless you!
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    Quote from ckhamill
    Ahhh! I see. Congratulations on that certification! I am happy for you! Good luck in your nursing program. My daughter is starting it here in December! Best of wishes and God Bless you!
    Thanks! I appreciate it. I am absolutely stoked. I cannot WAIT for January to come... I have seriously been waiting on this for 4 years.


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