So before I begin I apologize as this is a VERY long post but if anyone could read it and give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated. Currently I am a semester graduated from NCSU with a degree in General Education. However, after doing student teaching I found that I did not enjoy it as much as I had thought I would and began doing some "life searching". Fortunately, I came upon a job as a physical assistant for two college aged boys who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and are wheelchair bound and essentially only able to move their fingers/hands a bit. After helping the boys out and being their physical assistant for a couple of months I found that I really enjoyed the interaction that came with the job. After talking with my friends about potentially going to nursing school I came up with potentially a couple of plans that I could go through. However, since none of them are nurses I don't know what would be the best way to go about things. However, I came upon this forum and decided it would be a good idea to lay out my ideas here.
Pretty much I looked at the UNC ASBN program and I found out that I only need three more classes to apply for the program: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Physiology, and Microbiology. Currently the job I work at runs from 9:30 am to 7 pm. However, if I potentially took a night class I think I would be able to end work at 4 pm. I say I think because the boys have told me that finding physical assistants is difficult for them because of the abnormality of the work compared to "regular jobs". I am actually currently doing the work of both the morning/afternoon assistant and the evening assistant so I am doing two people's jobs essentially. Herein lies my dilemma...
1. I could continue to work from 9-4 pm and then take a night class at Durham Tech in the fall semester. Then I would quit work at the end of December and take the remaining two classes in the Spring. However, my concern is that the job I have now is very tiring and I won't have any energy or drive to focus on school.
2. I could quit my job at the end of July and take Anatomy and Physiology in the fall and focus hard on it. Then, in the spring I would take the other two classes and focus on them as well. During this time I would be volunteering at UNC hospital once a week. However, I am worried about whether I should take classes at UNC or classes at Durham Tech. In one aspect Durham Tech is cheaper and may potential be "easier" so I could get that good science GPA. On the other hand UNC classes are more expensive and harder but if admissions looked at where a person took a class wouldn't it be better to take a class at UNC rather than Durham Tech?
So these are the two paths that I am most thinking about. I know that the first path would definitely look better because I am working and taking classes but it would be immensely tiring. I understand nursing school is going to be like 300x more tiring than that so I'm wondering whether I'm just being a wuss and need to get my act together. Financial problems are also a concern, as I am 30k in debt already because of undergrad and I am working right now to just start paying off loans. My friends have told me that I should focus on school earlier because once I get a better paying job then I will be able to pay off loans easily but I'm not sure if life is that simple. Currently, the job pays $12.75 for the first 8 hours and $14 for any remaining time after that. Thus, my paycheck every two weeks is around $1000, which is a respectable amount but I am not sure if its worth working for if I want to focus on school.
I think that covers all aspects of my future plans. I know that this is a lot to read but if anyone would take the time to read it and give me feedback it would be greatly appreciated. If there are any questions I will do my best to reply to them ASAP. Thank you.
May 23, '13
I can't say too much about UNC's nursing program since I am not applying to it but I did take several of my science pre-reqs at Durham Tech. I know of many students at Durham Tech who got into UNC's nursing program both the BSN and ABSN. The main thing I have noticed from the students who did get in was they had excellent grades and tons of volunteers hours.I would save your money, it's a HUGE difference in tuition, and take the classes at a CC.
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