OK, I've been doing a lot of soul searching the past couple of months and just going to try to throw this out there for my fellow Pre-LPN/LPN Program students...
I've been working for a year at walmart *shudder*, but when I recently requested a change in hours for my last semester of pre-reqs, it was denied and they just said instead of working me 4 8-hour days, they'll do 3 8-hour days and 2 4-hour days. I requested for a maximum of 24 hours/weekly. That does not accommodate anything of what I asked. I want to get my GPA as high as I can with these last pre-reqs, meaning I wanted at least less work time to study and have less stress that comes with these horrid customer service jobs.
Now, is this logical?
They aren't working with me now, and they sure as hell wouldn't work with me when I get accepted into the program (hoping for this coming January entry), because it is a mandatory 7-4 five days a week, and even earlier during clinical.
I don't have to work. I've just chosen to since I was 16. I do need a savings to cover car insurance, gas, my gym contract, and cell bill, other than that, it's peachy. I'll have enough savings to accommodate all of those. My biggest concern is when I do get into the Nursing Program, jobless...the costs of supplies/books, etc.
I've never dealt with student loans and my community college is finally offering federal loans. If I'm not employed upon acceptance, is it a guarantee that after my pell amount, I can qualify and can receive a student loan that will cover the costs of everything I need for the LPN Program if my Pell Grant doesn't? That's my biggest and most heaviest stress concern about quitting my job for school. Anyone here taken this plunge and can tell me what's best? I've seen around here, others saying that it's worth the risk, I just want more insight on the student loan deal.
I was planning on quitting my job mid-September to focus on my last pre-reqs, but really don't want to screw myself. I'd rather find a part-time job that's working with my schooling, rather than one that isn't, if there comes a time while in school I'll actually need one that's not related to healthcare. It's not that I don't want to work, I just want a job in my career-field that is going to work with my schooling!
Hoping I didn't come across as lost or confusing, I'm just trying to lessen my stress load that I've had lately juggling what would be best and figure I'd find the best advice here! :redpinkhe