Duke ABSN Fall 2011 - page 18

Hi all! I know its early and the application isn't due until December 1st, but I was wondering if there was anyone else out there applying to the Duke ABSN program to start in August of 2011!... Read More

  1. by   NormaP
    Hollynski,

    Great to have you on board. I had the same experience with my first interview being more difficult than my second. I suppose that some people had two really great interviews, but most of the people I talked to said their first one was not as good as their second.

    Regarding my interviews: During the first, I couldn't seem to articulate my points very well and kept stumbling over the words. My hands seemed to be trying to make up for my lack of words, and they seemed to be moving about much more than they should have been. Nonetheless, I comfort myself by saying that it was not terrible, and it was probably more than adequate. Maybe it was even good--hard to tell.

    My second interview went well from an internal standpoint. Like you, I was relaxed by then and felt the words flowed more easily. Additionally, I was interviewed by someone whose work interested me greatly.

    The interviews are averaged, and don't count for a huge percentage of the available points, so I am not going to worry about it. No need to worry anyway because there is nothing we can do at this point, and we will soon know the results. Financing the ABSN program, on the other hand, is something that will require tremendous consideration.....

    Wishing you the best,

    Norma
  2. by   Evita
    Norma - I am glad to hear you say that the interviews do not count for that large of a percentage of points because I walked away feeling pretty badly about mine.
    Like many of you are saying, my second one was decent, but my first one was all over the place. I felt like I just kept talking without saying anything of substance. I had practiced a lot too, but when push came to shove, I just started jabbering.
    Does anyone happen to know the breakdown for how many points are given for each aspect of the application? GPA, experience, etc?
  3. by   Hollynski
    From what I understand (and if my notes are accurate), it is broken down as follows:

    40% GPA / GRE (if applicable)

    40% - Combo of:
    Personal statement (scored)
    Letters of recommendation (scored)
    Interview (also scored)

    20% Miscellaneous
    Could include anything such as notable strengths in personal statement, leadership potential or experience, volunteer work, being an underrepresented minority, etc.

    They literally took a "whole person" approach and scored each step of the way so they come up with a rank. Top 80 rank gets the offer and any that are wait-listed know exactly where they stand and how many need to "opt out" for them to get in. Hope that helps.

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement- I agree. I just keep hoping the interview wasn't as bad as I thought it was. One week to go!!
  4. by   nikki164
    is it really only one more week?! does anyone know if we hear via email or snail-mail>
  5. by   Hollynski
    Notifications are sent by email.... log in to the Duke site and double check your email address in the profile to make sure it's the one you want.

    Per Melissa with admissions, if all goes as planned they should be sending email notifications on Feb. 14th

    Six days to go!!! (I'm not anxious or anything.)
  6. by   AnginaAngelaRN
    I REALLY hope that our emails don't go out on Valentine's Day... That's my favourite holiday and depending on that notification I'll either really hate or really love V-day for a whole new reason. Last year I think they found out on the 15th so hopefully that'll be our notification date too.

    too excited/nervous so I think I'll just concentrate on graduating for the next week, lol.
  7. by   Evita
    I wouldn't mind finding out on valentines day. Flowers and chocolates work just as well to celebrate as they do to comfort. I say the sooner the better.
  8. by   marann1234
    I wouldn't mind finding out on valentines day. Flowers and chocolates work just as well to celebrate as they do to comfort. I say the sooner the better.
    I'm with you, evaamber, the sooner the better. I've already prepped my boyfriend if its bad news, he is to bring home chocolate, wine, sushi (I know, weird comfort food), flowers and a romantic comedy.
  9. by   nikki164
    Quote from marann1234
    I'm with you, evaamber, the sooner the better. I've already prepped my boyfriend if its bad news, he is to bring home chocolate, wine, sushi (I know, weird comfort food), flowers and a romantic comedy.
    i like your thinking.. maybe i'll tell mine the same. hey, does anyone have any recommendations for completing a microbiology pre-req online? I need to do it ASAP, since one of the school's i was accepted to starts WAY earlier than I had budgeted my time for.
  10. by   *elmo*
    Hey everyone - I'm a current Duke ABSNer student and definitely used this blog a lot to ask questions re: admissions when I was applying. I just wanted to chime in and say, you all probably did fine on your interview day! Everyone I know in the program felt weird after at least one of them - it felt hard to tell what they were looking for. But honestly, everyone in the school is SO diverse that their criteria seems to be looking for just well rounded interesting people. That doesn't mean you have to have work experience as a CNA (though many people do) or have a PhD (though some people do too!!), it just means they want to see common sense and potential in you. Now, you should all relax and watch the Duke vs. UNC game tonight because it is going to be awesome and if you do end up at Duke, basketball it is going to become an integral part of your student life!!!
  11. by   bayeux
    Quote from *elmo*
    Hey everyone - I'm a current Duke ABSNer student and definitely used this blog a lot to ask questions re: admissions when I was applying. I just wanted to chime in and say, you all probably did fine on your interview day! Everyone I know in the program felt weird after at least one of them - it felt hard to tell what they were looking for. But honestly, everyone in the school is SO diverse that their criteria seems to be looking for just well rounded interesting people. That doesn't mean you have to have work experience as a CNA (though many people do) or have a PhD (though some people do too!!), it just means they want to see common sense and potential in you. Now, you should all relax and watch the Duke vs. UNC game tonight because it is going to be awesome and if you do end up at Duke, basketball it is going to become an integral part of your student life!!!
    Thanks *elmo* for the encouragement! That was a great game! Just a couple more days to go before hearing back from admissions, eek! So how do you like the program? Which track (Medical Spanish or Research) did you chose? Anything you wish you would have known going into the program?
  12. by   NormaP
    Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Just a few more days to go....Wish the waiting were over, but at least I've only had to wait a week since my interview. Oh well, back to studying Anatomy.

    Happy Valentine's Day to all!:heartbeat
  13. by   AnginaAngelaRN
    This weekend has absolutely DRAGGED. It's been a nice one but I can't concentrate on enjoying it when we could potentially be getting exciting news on Monday. Good thing it's already Sunday. I also hope everyone was able to at least somewhat enjoy their weekend without Duke on the brain!

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