UNC-CH ABSN for 2011 - page 4

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Just to get a good idea of where I stand when I apply to UNC-CH's ABSN program I have a couple questions, if someone could answer. First, I am graduating with a psych degree, and a child dev. minor with a 3.5 gpa. What is the... Read More


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    To those of you who were accepted,

    Do you guys think we are receiving all of the financial aid information and other important info during that mandatory orientation? Duke gave so much info during their interview day that I'm pretty well versed on how their program works and their requirements. I'm assuming UNC will do the same during these orientations?

    Also how many people will be in the cohort?
    Congratulations again- I'm so happy to be part of this group!!
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    Congrats Oceania! I knew it would happen!

    @superWufie- I havent selected a date for orientation. I am leaning towards May 19th because I volunteer on Thursdays so it would make sense to take the entire day off from work. That's the only thing keeping me from sending my reply letter (sad I know) I am horrible at making decisions, but attending Carolina was the easiest decision I have ever made!

    I am so excited to see other people got their letters too. At first I thought I was being pranked! I got denied by both Duke and ECU so I thought, what are the chances that UNC a higher ranking school would take silly ol' me, well now I know :-)

    I am uber excited y'all!

    @ Oceania- Going back to how schools do selections, I really believe what utterly killed me were my GRE scores. I only studied for 15 days and I probably averaged like 1-1.5 hours a days of studying (if that), so I did not break the 3 digits. But that was my own fault. But now I am glad that I got accepted to my first choice! A year ago (in June) I attended an information session and now a year later I got accepted. Life is amazin and if you believe in God, I think he is awesome!

    What orientation sessions are y'all leaning towards?
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    Amisadai- I honestly had completely disregarded UNC. I almost didn't send in my deferment because I thought "what are the chances? I might as well get my $70 back!"
    Boy I'm I glad I went ahead with it!!
    I will be going to the May 14th orientation since I'm already taking four days off from work to go white water rafting in Bryson City in May/June- I'm a Cali girl but North Carolina has been calling my name for quite some time!
    I cried on my mom's shoulder when I read the acceptance letter. I literally have been waiting since January for some information from any school!
    I'm scared that the program is only 1 year long- intense!!

    Does anyone know when we find out about financial aid??

    congrats again to everyone!
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    Congrats, ocennia!! I'm so excited for you!! I picked May 14th too.

    @ocennia: I just talked to a lady in Admissions and SS; she said we will get more info on scholarships and FA at the pre-orientation session. She didn't say anything about getting anything in the mail beforehand, which is what I was expecting. But since January is a long time away, I guess it makes sense.

    She also wasn't sure how many were accepted into our cohort yet, although she knows that "the total number has changed". ? Maybe we should call back after April 1st so that more reply letters have come in.

    @Amisadai: I also got denied by Duke and MUSC, and was kind of surprised when I got into UNC. Duke said "in any other application period, you would have definitely gotten an interview, but there were just too many people that applied this year" (she said about twice as many as expected). Soooo I dk how to feel about that, esp since UNC made cuts, but who cares, right?? lol! Oh and don't feel bad about indecisiveness... I am the queen of that on most days.
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    Does anyone know current students at UNC?
    I know someone posted how unhappy they were with the program and I'd love to get some feedback from people who are currently in the program.
    I know how much Duke students love that program and I just want to get a feel for UNC's program.
    Anyone?
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    I don't know any personally, but when I went to a meeting for the Vagina Monologues back in November I met two girls who are supposed to graduate this May. From the sound of things they sounded like they were very happy with the program. They said it is busy and time consuming but once you get the hang of it, you'll be fine. They said they rather the ABSN over the BSN bc they didnt have time to freak out about things because everything moves fast so you either do it and get it done or freak out and fall behind. They also told me even though its busy they still had time (how much not sure) to do other things like go out for a run, visit family ocassionally and their cohort would have get together every so many times to mark a milestone towards graduation (like "125 days until graduation" celebration). After talking to them, I was convinced the ABSN was a better choice for me than the BSN (not because I wont have a life but bc the whole second degree and everyone is pretty much in the same boat). They were amazing and I message one of them to thank her for encouraging me to apply to the ABSN. I haven't received a reply from her, but if I do I will try to squeeze as much info and tips from her. Oh yeah, she told me that buying the books were pointless because it seems that most (if not all) professor taught straight from the powerpoint and tested from it too. There is one girl on my FB who is in the program, so I will try to reach out to her and see if I can ask her for advice and such, especially because she will be graduating in may too.

    I wonder if they admissions people would put us in touch with some current students for advice and things like that...
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    Quote from Amisadai
    I don't know any personally, but when I went to a meeting for the Vagina Monologues back in November I met two girls who are supposed to graduate this May. From the sound of things they sounded like they were very happy with the program. They said it is busy and time consuming but once you get the hang of it, you'll be fine. They said they rather the ABSN over the BSN bc they didnt have time to freak out about things because everything moves fast so you either do it and get it done or freak out and fall behind. They also told me even though its busy they still had time (how much not sure) to do other things like go out for a run, visit family ocassionally and their cohort would have get together every so many times to mark a milestone towards graduation (like "125 days until graduation" celebration). After talking to them, I was convinced the ABSN was a better choice for me than the BSN (not because I wont have a life but bc the whole second degree and everyone is pretty much in the same boat). They were amazing and I message one of them to thank her for encouraging me to apply to the ABSN. I haven't received a reply from her, but if I do I will try to squeeze as much info and tips from her. Oh yeah, she told me that buying the books were pointless because it seems that most (if not all) professor taught straight from the powerpoint and tested from it too. There is one girl on my FB who is in the program, so I will try to reach out to her and see if I can ask her for advice and such, especially because she will be graduating in may too.

    I wonder if they admissions people would put us in touch with some current students for advice and things like that...
    Thanks for the info- I hope we find some students to talk to soon!!
    I'm so happy I cried on my way to work today
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    Quote from superWufie
    Congrats, ocennia!! I'm so excited for you!! I picked May 14th too.

    @ocennia: I just talked to a lady in Admissions and SS; she said we will get more info on scholarships and FA at the pre-orientation session. She didn't say anything about getting anything in the mail beforehand, which is what I was expecting. But since January is a long time away, I guess it makes sense.

    She also wasn't sure how many were accepted into our cohort yet, although she knows that "the total number has changed". ? Maybe we should call back after April 1st so that more reply letters have come in.

    @Amisadai: I also got denied by Duke and MUSC, and was kind of surprised when I got into UNC. Duke said "in any other application period, you would have definitely gotten an interview, but there were just too many people that applied this year" (she said about twice as many as expected). Soooo I dk how to feel about that, esp since UNC made cuts, but who cares, right?? lol! Oh and don't feel bad about indecisiveness... I am the queen of that on most days.
    \\

    superWufie - see you in May!!!
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    Does anyone know/have any input into the Duke vs UNC nursing programs? (no sports please....although I have Duke taking it all in my bracket at work and now want to switch it to UNC )

    At least SDSU is still in it to win it- my old alma mater! Go Aztecs!
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    From what I've heard and what I know of the students and faculty at the two schools, the bottom line is this: You cannot go wrong, no matter which school you go to. Both are two of the most reputable schools in the nation (especially in their health care programs), and they attract a lot of applicants for very good reasons.

    If you've searched around allnurses.com, you'll find that there is both good and bad about both schools. I would say there's two bad for every 8 good things I've heard about each. People at Duke say the faculty is either very helpful and involved with students or they're very distant and "not what you see at open house" (friend of a friend who is going says he thinks it's great, though). UNC has a slightly better rep going for its nursing school, but some people say the administration is scattered/have an "on your own" attitude towards students (I admit, I have experienced this myself when contacting UNC).

    Soooo, I'm just going to make my experience my own and not worry about what others say, good or bad. I know it's a great school overall, so why worry? Oh by the way, you should know that Duke and UNC are HUGE, HUGE rivals out here. Just fyi in case you didn't already know that lol.

    P.S. There's a current UNC student who is keeping a personal blog of her experiences... She's somewhere on this website. If I find her blog's link I'll let you know!
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