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Confused about school

  1. 0 I am only 18 years old and heading off to a private school in the fall that is 70 miles away. I have been working as a CNA (Nurse Tech now) at a very good local hospital for a year. The problem I am faced with is that I am terrified of going away right now. I know it will be a good opportunity and all that but I would rather stay here and attend a community college for 2 years then get my Bachelors in Nursing here at the hospital's college of nursing. If I stayed here, I could continue working PRN as I go through school and would have an easier time getting an RN job in the future. I plan to become a CRNA too someday, and I am looking forward to going away for that, and of course I will be older then so it should not be a problem. I know nobody can tell me what to do, but any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Visit  Harmony213 profile page

    About Harmony213

    From 'Illinois'; 29 Years Old; Joined Jul '04; Posts: 55.

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  3. Visit  NurseyBaby'05 profile page
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    Quote from IL Nurse4now
    I am only 18 years old and heading off to a private school in the fall that is 70 miles away. I have been working as a CNA (Nurse Tech now) at a very good local hospital for a year. The problem I am faced with is that I am terrified of going away right now. I know it will be a good opportunity and all that but I would rather stay here and attend a community college for 2 years then get my Bachelors in Nursing here at the hospital's college of nursing. If I stayed here, I could continue working PRN as I go through school and would have an easier time getting an RN job in the future. I plan to become a CRNA too someday, and I am looking forward to going away for that, and of course I will be older then so it should not be a problem. I know nobody can tell me what to do, but any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    What is the program like at the school you will be attending? Is it comparable to the one closer to home? Will you begin your nursing classes right away or will you have a year or two of prerequisites first? You must have wanted to go there for some reason. It's scary to go away from home, but most people adjust and wind up enjoying it. The reason I asked about when the nursing classes start was b/c if they start later you would have time to "settle in", so to speak. Actually, seventy miles is not to far to go home if you need to. My hubby interviewed for a job that far away and was going to commute so that I can finish school where I'm at and not have to transfer. You could also work PRN there too. If you do not try it, you may regret a missed opportunity. If you get there and find that you truly want to come home and attend school you can always transfer at the end of the semester or school year. This late in the year it may be too late to get into a nursing program for the fall. Most places, even community college, have their spots filled early. If you wind up deciding to transfer, at least you will have some classes out of the way if nothing else. Good luck!

    P.S. It is perfectly normal to be scared to move on at home or away, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is a bad decision to do so.
    Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Jul 8, '04
  4. Visit  purplemania profile page
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    why do you feel you MUST go to the school you do not want to attend? Sounds to me like you have an excellent plan already. Why don't you work your plan, and transfer later if you need to?
  5. Visit  EmeraldNYL profile page
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    I would highly recommend going away to college for anyone. Why not challenge yourself and stretch your boundaries and comfort zone? I really think I would have missed out if I had lived at home during college. I attended college 2 hours away, stayed in a dorm, and it was a great experience. It was close enough that I could go home if I needed but far enough away that I could be independent and live on my own. I think going away when you are young enough to have that freedom is a great idea, because when you are older you may not be as mobile and have the freedom to travel because of family obligations, etc. Good luck with whatever you choose.
  6. Visit  Harmony213 profile page
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    Either decision I make, I will be working on my pre-reqs for my first 2 years. Nursing classes would not start until my junior year. The problem with getting a job there is that my schedule is very demanding first semester. They also do not allow freshman to have a car on campus unless they have an off campus job but I do not want a job first semester. I think I would have less doubts if I could have my car too because then I could just come home whenever I wanted.
  7. Visit  Megsd profile page
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    On the one hand, going away to school is fantastic. I went from Southern California to Kansas and I feel I'm all the better for it. On the other hand, college can be stressful, and if you're not handling being away from home very well, your grades, health and stress level could be affected, though then again, 70 miles isn't THAT far. Could your family arrange to come visit you (or come and bring you home) every so often? That might make the distance more manageable.
  8. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    Where do you live in Illinois? I live near Peoria and certainly feel that if you don't want to go away to school, stay closer to home, go to the community college and then in two years, go from there...good luck!
  9. Visit  Harmony213 profile page
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    I live in Springfield and will be going to school in Peoria
  10. Visit  Rhoresmith profile page
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    If you go the first semester and hate it will the crdts transfer to your cc. IF you feel that strongly about it then stay home. I am on student gov at my school and one of the committees I am on is Student Issues on this com people who are on suspension either at this school or who want to come from another school have to come before us and tell us why they got in that situation so many come from large schools and were overwhelmed by the size of the school or homesickness that they bombed out of school. Have you talked to your parents about this ? You may PM me if you want to talk more and I will help you any way I can.
  11. Visit  Harmony213 profile page
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    I think I am going to stay home. I just need to talk to my parents now. But after talking to my Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor, and realized that the A.S. was in the SAME situation I was in and she did go and was miserable, I think I should just stay. She said she had been excited but once it was time to go she started dreading it, just like me. I just am scared of what my parents will say about all this and how I will look to people bc I dont want people to think I am a quitter or anything.
  12. Visit  Harmony213 profile page
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    Could I still get into any nursing societies like Sigma Theta Tau if I went to this nursing school at the hospital???
  13. Visit  dria profile page
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    RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO THAT UNIVERSITY

    trust me that university culture is way different than the commuter culture at most junior colleges. (not that there is anything wrong w/JCs, i graduated from one myself) Of course leaving home is hard, i cried when my parents dropped me off at the University--150 miles away!!!!!I got over it and went on to have the best experience of my life. Give it one semester, if you truly hate it, then by all means come home. But youll always wonder what if if you dont!!!

    GO CUBS GO!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Visit  nsFAMU profile page
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    Are you going to get a BSN if you stay at home? For a CRNA you have to have a MSN and to get an MSN you have to have a BSN.

    I really think that you should go away to school. I was in the exact same situation 2 years ago, but I had a taste of both worlds. My senior year in highschool I did early addmission at the CC and took all college courses (didnt even go to the highschool except to graduate). My mom and grandmom wanted me to stay at the CC and I knew that I would miss my 2 yr old brother plus I could work and live at home for free but.... I had to grow up sometime. After graduation I went 5 hours away from home...I was sooo excited at first, but when it was time to go and I realized that I didn't know ANYONE, I felt like my parents were abandoning me. My first year I lived on campus and freshmen were not allowed to have cars, we had public bathrooms/showers, we had to get the meal plan at the cafe because we there wasn't a stove (we were very creative with the microwave), our male buddies could only visit us in the lobby, which closed at 12am, we didn't even have cable. when I got there I remember sitting in my dorm room wondering what to do next. It felt wierd to be able to do whatever I wanted without my parents finding out. Some people can't handle that so make sure you stay focused and set some rules for yourself. I met 2 girls my first day there and we became the best of friends. It was the best experience of my life (so far). I had so much fun:hatparty: , I don't even know where to begin. I finally felt grown up!!! I never made so many friends so fast. You meet so many diverse people and it's a great way to network. Of course I got a little home sick evey now and then but my family was only a phone call away. Even though the A/C broke down in the summer (in Florida!!!) and we opened the window and ants came in...I don't regret any of it. It's a once in a life time opportunity (when ur older its not appealing) dont let it pass you!!!

    I moved off campus last year (the 2 girls are my roomates) and and got accepted in to the upper division 2nd semester, I got a car too, but I barely had time to go anywhere because school was so demanding. Plan for the future but don't focus on working, enjoy the extra time that you will have during your pre reqs and what little free time you'll have in the program, after all, when is the next time in your life that you'll be given money to get every thing you need with out having to work?

    Good luck


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