Good luck Shannon! I like how you are excited to learn, and how you found a role model and have a vision for yourself!
I'm in a nursing program in Toledo, OH. I sometimes look at the MI region since it's so close to where I live, and I plan to eventually become a nurse practitioner (I'd like relocate to MI for that program). I notice the fierce competition (focused on numbers) for pre-nursing students to be more than usual in MI. It's kind of sad, looking at the bigger picture.
I need high grades in order to reach my future goals, so I do work hard, and am SO excited to have maintained a 3.9 GPA (As in all of my nursing courses so far). There's a girl in my class who doesn't know of my grades, and she thinks she is with the highest grades. She is SO offensive, and my closer friends of mine and myself (and probably the instructors), quietly chuckle when she goes off after an exam, saying her grade, and thinking she's top of the class. I'm also in clinical with her, and how subjective this is, but she's not at all equipped and thinks she is. She's not interested in learning what matters, thinking her grades mean so much. I'm just sharing this with you because it's been such a lesson for me. Nursing is all about delivery (communicating well with collegues/superiors/patients), and proving that you're deserving of respect while giving quality care. Grades are important, but they're just that. And ONLY part.
If I were you, I'd look into schools
outside Mich if I could. While there are waiting lists here in Toledo, they are nothing like MI. I attend Owens Community right now for my LPN and RN, and am planning to go to University of Toledo following for my BSN. It's amazing tough, but it's so worth it. Good luck to you, and don't lose sight of what you can accomplish even in the midst of the 4.0 GPA requirement kind-of-talk.