Drexel University ACE Spring 2010 - page 4

by BibaBibaa

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Hello all, I just received a letter from Drexel saying that my application for the ACE program is now complete and I’m waiting for a response. I was wondering if anyone else here is applying for the same program and received an... Read More


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    I believe they only look at the GPA before they send you a provisional acceptance…after you receive your provisional acceptance you have nothing to worry about but to pass the rest of the pre-reqs with C or better…I think that’s the way it works…
    I remember that I received my admission letter about 2 weeks after they informed me that my application is complete…so it shouldn’t take too long before you get yours too.
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    2 weeks! that would be very exciting!!! I mean... as long as it's good news I'll have to be patient. Have a good holiday weekend!
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    I know I said that I'm not interested in housing but to be honest commuting from Jersey is freaking me out already! I don't know if I can handle this program in combination with at least 4 hours of commuting/day + it will be very expensive. You said before you might be interested in renting a house with somebody...how much do u thing it will cost?...I'm not familiar with Philadelphia at all and have no idea...if it's affordable I might be interested...
    Enjoy the holiday weekend!
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    Hi! Yeah I definitely think it's going to be a bit much for you to commute that much on top of a "rigorous" program. From what I've read, you need all the time you can get to study. So if you can't move here, then maybe you can take a train so that you can use your commuting time to study or do whatever else you need to do online (you could even "run" errands by grocery shopping online and stuff!) So, don't freak out. If this is the school you want to go to, then you can find a way to make it work. I think the train is great idea if you don't want to move. I'm not sure if you are married, have a family or whatever, but if not, moving to Philly for just a year, is not a bad idea at all. You can definitely found housing under $1000/mo. And if you do find more people to rent out a house or multiple bedroom apt, it can be super inexpensive.
    As for me, I'm not sure I'm going to leave my apt. I have a great apt in a great location... soooo hard to find, and I'm thinking I might want to keep it and not lose it. Once I'm a travel nurse (thats my new plan!!) the agency can pay for it while I save up for a house!
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    Yeah, the train seems to be the solution for now but I still have to drive 30-40 min to Trenton and take the train from there. I'm worrying mainly about clinicals, especially after the first quarter. I read that the second quarter is the worst...that's what is going to "make us or break us" and that's when we'll be going mostly on clinicals and then I'll have to drive. I would love to rent a place in Philadelphia but I'm married and that's why the idea is not so appealing to me, although I would consider it just because I really want to succeed in the program and I would do whatever I have to for an year...I'll have to find somebody who is in the same boat as I am to split the rent because I can't afford it...
    Talking about money...how are you planning to pay for the program? I guess because it's a second degree the government is giving me only 12K in Stratford loans, the rest I'm not quite sure where to get from. I'll have to meet with the financial aid people when I'm 100% sure I'm going to Drexel.
    Also, have you been to any of the info sessions?...I'm going on June 24th.
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    Yeah, I went to an info session a few months ago when I started considering going back to school for nursing and looking at the programs. I liked Drexel the most and immediately went to an info session- I guess it was awhile ago. It's pretty informative, but at the same time, I kind of felt like it was useless because it was all of the same information I've found online. But you can ask questions and listen to other's questions be answered... so it can be helpful. Or, if you're anything like me, you can just keep calling them every time you have a question, haha

    As for paying for school, [if I get in] my parents are going to help me out. It makes more sense than a loan as they have the money to help out and I won't need to pay interest! However, I am researching any ways to minimize that cost for them. I'm not eligible for financial aid for the 09/10 school year (which is really annoying because I've been completely jobless since August, and I have NO IDEA why I am ineligible, considering i have NO INCOME) But I should be able to receive it the following year, which should help for at least half the year. And my father is convinced there is something Obama is doing to help those who have lost their jobs pay for further education... not sure if it's only for a Masters, or 1st bachelors only though. (Do you know anything about this?) But I need to look into that as well.
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    This is really great that your parents are able and willing to help you. I have no choice, I have to take loans.
    I haven't heard anything about Obama's plan to help people who have lost their jobs...hopefully it's true.
    I’m not quite sure what kind of financial aid you said you’re not eligible for, I assume you’re talking about grants? The problem is that we are second degree students. I don’t think we’re eligible for anything else but Stratford loans. I’m also annoyed because my first degree is from another country and unlike most people who apply for this program I don’t have any loans from previous degrees. This is the first time I’m applying for government financial aid. Technically this is going to be my first degree from this country and I thought I was going to get more money BUT they gave me only $6,000 in Stratford loans for 09/10 school year. Very disappointed!!
    Last edit by BibaBibaa on May 26, '09
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    UGH! That is so frustrating. I'm really unsure about all the financial stuff, I am the wrong person to ask. I do wish I knew more about it, or who to ask. I know I am definitely very lucky to have help from my family. My dad is a physician and my first degree was in Art.. so I think he's just really happy to help me finally get into a good profession!! haha.

    What country did you get your first degree from? Are you from that country or did you travel for school?
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    Hi,
    I was just reading this thread and thought it was funny, Cocobelly, my dad's a physician,
    and my undergrad's in design. He was pretty happy, too.
    I'm also going to drexel, in the fall though.
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    Oh that is funny!! My best friend was an engineering major is now back in school for interior design, and we always talk about science and art (particularly design) are so similar in such a weird way we just can't explain. Will you be in the ACE program in the Fall or are you doing the 4-yr program?


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