Duke ABSN - Spring 2013! - page 5

Alright! Since there are threads for the other entry times and we're coming up on almost 1 month until the May 1st deadline for the Spring 2013 start, who else is applying? I have a BA Degree in... Read More

  1. by   Tsmith704
    Is anyone else worried about how to get loans fr this program since its a second degree? Also, does anyone have a medical background?
  2. by   Christina19
    Hello Everyone!

    I've never posted on here before, but I was selected for an interview at Duke too and am planning on going on July 20th. I am very excited, but nervous at the same time. I am from Denver, CO and if I decide to go to Duke it would be a big move. I have never been to NC so I am very interested in all of your comments, suggestions, etc. about where to live, etc. I hope I will get to meet some of you on July 20th! I am also very worried about school loans and living expenses. Best of luck to everyone!!
  3. by   Ryan4681
    Hey Christina,

    I'm not a native North Carolinian so maybe my perspective will help. The first thing to be aware of is the heat and humidity. There's nothing you can do about it except dress light, have a good A/C and stay hydrated.

    Second, depending on how close you choose to live to campus, having your own reliable transportation is critical. Things are kind of spread out here except close to the colleges and main city centers. Outside of those limited areas there isn't efficient public transportation as far as I can tell (someone correct me if I'm wrong). Riding a bike or walking would not be feasible in most areas either unless you were very close (we are not as bike accessible as CO). A cheap solution is a 50cc scooter ($700-900 new) which amazingly doesn't require a license, inspection or insurance to drive on the road here. Just a helmet and a brave heart.

    Last thing, and the best thing, is the number of hospitals in the area. Duke, UNC (Rex) and WakeMed are the big three and they are big. Starting a career here is a great idea. NC is also one of the top states people move to within the US, so there will only be a greater need in the future for nurses here as well.
    I'm not sure about cost of living expenses in Denver except that gas is cheaper there. I would check craigslist for apartment prices. I'm not sure how much it is to live in Durham because I live in Apex.

    Good luck on whatever you decide!

  4. by   piebird
    Tsmith - I know it can be hard to get loans for this program if you still have loans from undergrad to pay off. Also (and this stinks), but Duke is not known for giving much financial aid. I know multiple people on the Duke ABSN Fall 2012 thread were not happy with the financial aid packages they received... Just fyi, so it's probably good to start researching loans early.

    Yeah, the thing that kills you in the summer in NC is the humidity! So gross.

    I think if you're moving to Durham from OOS, you should bring a reliable car with you. I personally wouldn't ride a bike or scooter around Durham for safety reasons... some parts of Durham are majorly sketch. And make sure to read reviews of any apartments you're interested in online (again, the safety issue).

    I can't believe interviews start on Friday! So exciting! I hope everybody had a great 4th!
  5. by   mcmcd889
    I am going to Duke Days this Friday, July 13th! I am super excited, but also a bit nervous due to the fact that I don't really know what to expect. It is cool to see people coming from all over the US...luckily, I am actually from Raleigh, NC so it will be a relatively short drive (about 40 minutes) for me to Duke on Friday morning. Hope to meet some of you on Friday! Good luck to all of you!
  6. by   jonron1216
    I just started packing for my flight, which leaves bright and early tomorrow morning! I'm excited to spend the weekend in Durham with a bunch of future nurses! Any last minutes tips on what to pack? Duke Days here we come!
  7. by   Dancingfree
    Can't wait to meet you guys tomorrow! So excited, and NERVOUS all at the same time WooHoo for the start of Duke Days! Good luck everyone and see some of you bright and early tomorrow!!!!
  8. by   Dancingfree
    Jonron1216 - this might be a bit late since you're probably already in flight, but I think the biggies for tomorrow are comfy shoes for the tour, layers (again for tour-I'm planning on wearing a short sleeve shirt under a suit jacket so I can look professional during the interview and remove said jacket during the most likely hot and humid outdoor tour), and randomly I always make sure I have tissues (nothing worse than having the sniffles in an interview, sadly I know this from experience :P...doesn't help with the nerves).

    Ahhhh so excited for tomorrow!!!
  9. by   jonron1216
    Just boarded my first of three flights. I don't have tissues, but I'll know who to ask should my nose start running. :-) Excited to meet everyone tomorrow!
  10. by   piebird
    I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK to everyone attending Duke Days tomorrow! Y'all are going to do great! Don't stress and I hope you have a fun day. I am cracking up over the tissues. I always have tons of tissues in my purse, so everyone going on Monday is covered on the tissue front, ha ha. Thinking good thoughts for everyone!!!!
  11. by   Dancingfree
    Thanks piebird!!! And good luck to you and all the other future Duke Day attendees. Sending positive vibes and best wishes to us all...first step in our path to becoming nurses

    Oh and on the tissue topic - I guess great minds think alike!
  12. by   tscarlette
    good luck to all attending duke days!!
  13. by   Dancingfree
    Good Luck Monday and Friday Duke Day attendees!!!
    Breathe, be yourself and most importantly enjoy the day...it is an absolutely wonderful experience!!!

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