UNC-CH ABSN for 2011 - page 4

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... Read More

  1. Visit  superWufie profile page
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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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  3. Visit  Pita8507 profile page
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    oh my goodness ladies, i read on the duke fall absn blogs that someone was accepted to uncs program, which made me find this link. i didnt think we were hearing from unc until mid-april. i got a card this week from the post office saying i received a certified letter, but i haven’t gone to pick it up yet. does anyone know, since it is a certified letter, is it definitely a letter of acceptance? thanks for your help!
  4. Visit  Amisadai profile page
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    A blog! I was thinking of writing one about my nursing school experiences and traveling experiences! I think I will too! I was even thinking of using celebrity names to ID interesting patients. Who knows. I will start it during the summer before I go to Panama to visit my family!

    @Oceania
    I had the pleasure to attend both UNC and Duke's info sessions. What's amazing about DUke are the grad credits you get and if you have a certain gpa (i think at least a 3.0) in you nursing classes, you have up to a year to sign up for master's classes without going through the grad program aplication process. You also get 15 hours worth of grad credits, you get the opportunity to go to another country and do service (of course you gotta pay for that on your own). One thing that got my attention but I think its part of most nursing program, its their last semester of nursing school. Although they have some classes (but not as many as the first semester), they get a chance to practice nursing one-on-one with a nurse. Most students get their "specialty choice" (if I am not mistaken) but the decision is up to the supervising faculty members. You also get the chance (if you want to and have time to) work with a professor doing research.

    From my response, I probably sound like I want to go to Duke, but I do not. I love Carolina's prestige. Come on its the 4th best nursing program in the US (Duke is 7th), Their faculty seem to be more focused on preparing you to be successful and their advisors were helpful and very honest with me from the beginning. Initially I was going to apply for entrance in January 2011 but because I had some C's in two of the pre reqs, they told (very nicely of course) that I wouldn't get in because of those two C's (and it was true, a friend of a friend was denied for a C in stats and when he retook it and made an B, he got in). I love honesty, so I am glad they told me what would've happened had I applied with those ugly grades. Of course I retook them and I made A's (hence why I got in yay!). Gosh, I was gonna write something very important but I totally forgot what it was.... :-( Oh wait I remember. Another wonderful thing about UNC ABSN is the ability to switch to the BSN if you feel too overwhemed with the speed of the ABSN. Things happen in life, so its nice to know that you have that option and don't need to drop out. At Duke, there is no such thing as slowing thing. I think you can probably redo a semester, but who wants to go through the same hassle twice.

    Like I posted before, the students who are in the program are happy with it. Like one of the girls that i met said to me in an e-mail: Despite all the horror stories, it is a great program and when it gets crazy, just remember how much earlier you're graduating! It is totally worth it and actually goes by fast, even though it won't feel like it at the beginning"

    Since I spent quite some time on here (not lately thanks to an anthro paper and upcoming test and a bad grad from last test), there are lots of advice and resources from people who have been through it. I love this post that I ran into one that. I hope you like it too http://allnurses.com/nursing-article...ve-532725.html

    Oh one person in either this or another post mention using a medical pathology book as a supplement to the nursing patho to understand the diseases better. Myself, I am planning to start racking up on NCLEX books and probably visit barnes and nobles a few times a month to read as many nursing/medical related books just to get my brain thinking in that fashion, of course after I enjoy part of my summer. I figure doing this since we have 8 months before the real battle begins. Just some of the things I figure I shared :-)

    Sorry for the long post, that's what happens when I don't post frequently.

    Have a good night/day y'all!
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    Quote from pitapie
    oh my goodness ladies, i read on the duke fall absn blogs that someone was accepted to uncs program, which made me find this link. i didnt think we were hearing from unc until mid-april. i got a card this week from the post office saying i received a certified letter, but i haven't gone to pick it up yet. does anyone know, since it is a certified letter, is it definitely a letter of acceptance? thanks for your help!
    hi pitapie!

    your name sounds familiar so i think i've seen you on the duke thread. i was accepted to the unc program and am still waiting to hear from duke....although i'm becoming more and more of a fan of unc!

    the letter i received was not certified. i got it in the mail last monday. i live in cali so it took a while longer for me to receive the letter than other students. some people received their letters the week before.

    good luck! i think we should hear from duke by friday....maybe.....they sure are taking their time!
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    Thanks for your response Ocennia and congrats on your acception into UNC! I went to pick up the letter this morning and it was NOT from UNC (heartbreaking), I havent received anything from them yet. I called this morning and he said that I should have received something letting me know either way. Guessing mine got lost in the mail, I have to wait till tomorrow for someone to call me back!
    I too am anxiously awaiting hearing from Duke for second round admissions! Hoping for some good news soon!!
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    Quote from PitaPie
    Thanks for your response Ocennia and congrats on your acception into UNC! I went to pick up the letter this morning and it was NOT from UNC (heartbreaking), I havent received anything from them yet. I called this morning and he said that I should have received something letting me know either way. Guessing mine got lost in the mail, I have to wait till tomorrow for someone to call me back!
    I too am anxiously awaiting hearing from Duke for second round admissions! Hoping for some good news soon!!
    Ugh I feel bad for you having to wait longer!!! That blows. Let's hope it's great news!! I'll see you on the Duke thread later this week or early next- I think that's when we'll be hearing back from them!
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    Does anyone know what we'll be finding out during our orientation?
    Financial aid?
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    So I just got an email from UNC'S Scholarships and Student Aid Office that said we needed to submit the FAFSA and something called a CSS Profile for 2011-2012. Has anyone heard anything about this Profile? I know I haven't received any information about it or any kind of processes for applying for financial aid. Actually, a lady at the SON told me that we would receive "all information on scholarships and financial aid at our pre-orientation".

    The only reason this is a big deal is because the Profile has to be submitted by March 1st for maximum financial aid consideration. No one told me about this! What about you guys?

    We submitted the FAFSA only because we "guessed" that it would be required since it's required for all schooling.
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    Quote from superWufie
    So I just got an email from UNC'S Scholarships and Student Aid Office that said we needed to submit the FAFSA and something called a CSS Profile for 2011-2012. Has anyone heard anything about this Profile? I know I haven't received any information about it or any kind of processes for applying for financial aid. Actually, a lady at the SON told me that we would receive "all information on scholarships and financial aid at our pre-orientation".

    The only reason this is a big deal is because the Profile has to be submitted by March 1st for maximum financial aid consideration. No one told me about this! What about you guys?

    We submitted the FAFSA only because we "guessed" that it would be required since it's required for all schooling.
    Hi there,

    Well I saw that form on the financial aid website. I don't think we need to freak out though because that deadline might have been for fall enrollment and since we are doing Spring we might have more time. In fact they just barely received my FAFSA because I completely forgot to add UNC as a school for some reason
    I think we'll be fine but I'm emailing them right now about something so I'll add this to that email and share with you what they say!
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    Thanks ocennia! I actually just remembered reading something about it once, and sure enough, when I looked it up on the SON website, only nursing students who do not have a previous undergrad degree have to do the Profile. So hopefully that's still true! I was concerned bc most financial stuff is for the next school, not calendar, year, which would include us folks starting in January. Whew! I'm hoping the lady that emailed me just made a mistake and didn't realize I'm ABSN...
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    Does anyone have any information about orientation? I am going to saturday's but I have no clue where it is going to be or where should we park. Any info is greatly appreciated :-)
  13. Visit  ocennia profile page
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    superWufie- I just found out we all have to file the CSS letter and the due date was March 1. The guy I emailed said that it might affect how much aid we get
    so get that CSS profile done TODAY!

    As far as orientation goes I believe we should be getting an email soon. If I haven't heard from them by tomorrow I'll call.

    Can't wait to meet you guys!
  14. Visit  superWufie profile page
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    Ocennia: not that I don't believe you, but who told you that? After I told the financial aid person I emailed that I have a previous degree, she said I didn't have to file it... I also sent her a link to that page on the SON's website that says the same thing...

    Looks like there's a communication error somewhere! Grr. I'll let you know if I hear anything else, too!


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