should I even try hard?

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    Guys, I don't post here much but I've been following the site for sometimes. I have an engineering background and still working full time. Cut the story short, I've been studying my butt off for ap1 and other classes (community college); I finally finished ap1 and got the grade that I wanted; specially for ap1, pretty tough class pheww. Howoever, the University that I'm going to in the fall doesn't count the grades, only the credits... so do I even try as hard w/ ap2 and microbio? All I need are C's; BUT here is the thing. I plan to apply for grad school one day; so would the admission look at the transcript from community college? Would they care if i got C's in those core classes? such as ap1, 2, microbio?
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    I used to sit on a university admissions committee (both grad school and undergrad). Yes, we looked at all grades.

    llg
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    These courses are the backbone of nursing. In addition to what llg says, you should try as hard as you can because you want to be the best that you can be, and it will help you in nursing.

    I went to a school that had a first-come-first-in waiting list that wasn't grade competetive too, but I still decided to study and keep high standards for myself rather than lower the bar of my self-expectations to just getting in. Also developing good study habits now will help you in school as well.

    It's nice not having the headache where ever single grade matters, and you can relax a bit about being grade obsessed. So my advice is not to be grade obsessed, but to do your absolute very best.

    Good luck!
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    My opinion in brief: Yes, give it your all as much as possible.

    I'm changing careers from computer science to nursing and so I work a 30 hour work week, try to still spend some time with my wife and kids, and attend a 2 year ADN program. I've often thought of backing off a little and getting a little more sleep. I'm glad I didn't. I just had my first job interview with the head of an ICU and she wanted to know my grade point average through nursing school and in my biology prereqs. Now, I'm glad I didn't back off.
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    Quote from Tweety
    These courses are the backbone of nursing.
    Good luck!

    i agree 100%. it could be the difference between passing nursing school and failing. i know several class mates that have a harder time w/ a&p stuff because they took a&p at a different school (known to be easier) and now they have said that they "regret it."

    best of luck to you,
    jay
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    Quote from ky2006hopeful
    My opinion in brief: Yes, give it your all as much as possible.

    I'm changing careers from computer science to nursing and so I work a 30 hour work week, try to still spend some time with my wife and kids, and attend a 2 year ADN program. I've often thought of backing off a little and getting a little more sleep. I'm glad I didn't. I just had my first job interview with the head of an ICU and she wanted to know my grade point average through nursing school and in my biology prereqs. Now, I'm glad I didn't back off.
    Same here, I have bs in comp sci and ms in software eng. I wonder the reason you switch your career is similar to mine. So are you working in the ICU yet? Do you like it? How does being an ADN compare to your previous career? I'm not yet there, but should be there soon.
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    Quote from jls485
    Guys, I don't post here much but I've been following the site for sometimes. I have an engineering background and still working full time. Cut the story short, I've been studying my butt off for ap1 and other classes (community college); I finally finished ap1 and got the grade that I wanted; specially for ap1, pretty tough class pheww. Howoever, the University that I'm going to in the fall doesn't count the grades, only the credits... so do I even try as hard w/ ap2 and microbio? All I need are C's; BUT here is the thing. I plan to apply for grad school one day; so would the admission look at the transcript from community college? Would they care if i got C's in those core classes? such as ap1, 2, microbio?
    we had 2 RN's in our A&P class retaking courses to get better grades for Grad school admission.
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    oh, and as a first semester RN student, you will not have A&P review in nursing school. They expect you to remember, retain, and syntesize A LOT of the information from prerequisite coursework. Do the best you can so you won't feel completely lost later on.
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    Quote from jb2u
    i agree 100%. it could be the difference between passing nursing school and failing. i know several class mates that have a harder time w/ a&p stuff because they took a&p at a different school (known to be easier) and now they have said that they "regret it."

    best of luck to you,
    jay
    I know what you mean and I totally understand some schools are easier than the others because it happened to me. When I took ap1 this spring, the professor was tough, even if you knew the material, the exam was tricky, ambigious, exams involve life situation, etc. Each exam was about 95 to 100 questions, total of 5 exams, one department final, 15 - 16 quizzes, 3 practicals, one essay, I studied my @ss off, read page by page, and read again. NOW, I'm taking ap2 @ a different place, it's only 2 exams and one final. The first exam in the second place just can't compare; but I didn't slack off, I still read page to page and studied the way I was, and I scored very well for my first exam.
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    yeah, you really need to understand A&P and micro to do well


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