Spring semester load....am I really crazy?! - page 2

Hello Everyone! I registered for 5 classes this coming Spring semester at NYU College of Nursing and I wanted to ask advice to any of you if you think it's really too much?! I will be taking... Read More

  1. by   kika72
    Hi Awww!

    It was actually really hard but I did it!! I'm very happy this semester is over and overall I came out with pretty good grades considering that most of the time I had no idea what I was doing!! I basically studied every single day without a break because if I stopped I realized I would fall behind in one subject or the other.

    The toughest part was juggling my two young children, but luckily my husband has been of great help! I would not recommend this type of schedule unless you have no choice. For me it was worth it because now I only have to take 2 more classes over the summer and I can start my clinicals in the fall.

    Feel free to ask if you need any particular details about the classes and the amount of work.

    Best of luck!
  2. by   Awww_ItsMyNurse
    COngrats on passing your classes and Thank you for your reply.

    I have to take statistics, nutrition, chem, and developmental psych. The ones that scare the most are chem and statistics... How were those 2 classes? And I see u took dev psych, how was that one too?
    Last edit by Awww_ItsMyNurse on May 22, '11
  3. by   kika72
    No problem at all!

    Statistics and dev. psych. were fine and not as tough as I was expecting. I was petrified about stats because it was basically the reason why I dropped out of college before, but luckily our prof. was really cool and easy to understand. Develop. psych. was pretty easy as well, we only had to do 2 research papers over the semester, 5 vocabulary quizzes and 4 discussion boards in regards to the developing brain.
    Chemistry and Micro are the 2 that really kept me on my toes! Chemistry was definitely the toughest one for me and I'm actually still waiting for the professor to post our final grades....fingers crossed!!If you're taking these classes in the Fall I would definitely suggest you start doing some readings ahead of time. I'm not a math person and sometimes I felt like I needed to take math 101 again, maybe because it has been a long time since I have been out of school! It would probably help to familiarize yourself with the material especially if you're taking so many classes.

    I don't know much about nutrition because I'm taking it over the summer with A&P.

    I wouldn't recommend this schedule but it is definitely doable if you're ready to sacrifice a few months of your life LOL!! I just realized that I didn't even have time to chat on this board at all!!

  4. by   Awww_ItsMyNurse
    I think I will most likely split it into two semesters... 0ne with chem & dev psych... and the other with statistics and nutrition. DO you know when is the deadline to register for pre-reqs for this fall?
  5. by   kika72
    Yes, that's probably a good idea!

    If you're a NYU student already, registration started on April 26 and I think it will be going on for a while but not sure on the exact dates. Are you in the nursing program already or in the application process?

  6. by   mauve whistle
    Hi Kika,

    I was recently accepted to NYU's program and looking to plan my prereq courses for the year. Did you end up doing well in chem? How was micro, and A&P? I am planning to take chem and micro together for spring and A&P and nutrition during the summer, then dev. psych in fall. Any pointers?
  7. by   kika72
    Hi Mauve!

    Congrats on your acceptance!! Yes, I ended up doing really well on all my pre-reqs and now I'm finishing up my first semester of clinicals. Micro, A&P and Chem were probably the toughest ones but if you study and keep up with the material is totally doable.
    If I were you I would try and take Dev. Psych with the other classes because, in my opinion that was the easiest and I wouldn't want to waste a whole semester by taking just that one class.
    Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll be happy to help!

  8. by   mauve whistle
    Thank you, Kika. I am very excited to start. I will still be working full-time for the pre-req portion of my program and fall will be a crazy time at work so I am leaving the one easy class for Fall. I hope I have a great adviser. How is yours? Do you interact with him/her a lot? Are they helpful?
  9. by   kika72
    Hi Mauve!

    Yes, if you're working full-time then your plan is certainly wise! Unfortunately, in my opinion advisers are not the strongest point at NYU. And I'm saying this judging from my experience and those of other classmates. I'm sure some are better than others, but in general I don't feel the students are very happy with them. Mine I have to say is probably one of the worse! Not very helpful and takes forever to return my emails. But I learned to navigate the system and if I have bigger problems I go to the main advisor.

    I would love to tell you that for the money you pay you will get top notch service...but unfortunately you won't because the perfect school doesn't exist