I'm originally from Nashville, but I'm currently living in Bend, Oregon. I moved here to work in wilderness therapy a little more than a year and a half ago. I've been enrolled in prereqs since January and I am so
excited to finally be finishing up and actually applying to nursing programs! It feels like I've been waiting forever.
Andrew, it sounds like our stats are kind of similar!
I had a 3.27 in undergrad (sociology) and As in all of my prereqs (except a B+ in statistics, back in '05). I've taken a couple of those "bonus" prereqs too (nutrition, currently taking organic chem). If my post-bacc coursework is included in my GPA, then I have a 3.51... Just barely in the competitive range! Eeek.
I've been volunteering at a clinic since last December.
Curiosity, That's CRAZY to hear that your friend was accepted at so many schools but not USM! I didn't realize it was THAT competitive. UMass *and* MGHIP!? Wow.
I'm applying to a few schools in Portland, OR (Linfield, Univ. of Portland, OHSU) and also a few schools back in TN (Belmont, TSU, ETSU). I had originally planned to apply to a few other schools, but I've recently (like, 2 weeks ago) realized that I'd like to stay in the northwest, if it's possible. I really love it out here and to be honest, the prospect of moving across the country again is really unappealing when I think about it. I'd already applied to USM when I had that epiphany, of course, so if I'm accepted there but not anywhere here, then I'll move east. The TN schools are a last resort. I'd rather move to Maine than back to the south. Nothing wrong with the south, mind you... It's just not where my heart is these days.
Curiosity, did you apply to the program as well?