Georgetown ABSN Fall 2011 - page 11

Any applicants to the Georgetown ABSN program for Fall 2011 out there? I have been reading old threads from last year and for applicants to Spring 2011, but it would be nice to have a place for Fall... Read More

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    Bless you! Finding an apartment is so difficult!

    Also, does anyone know anything about the financial aid situation?

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    @rikkitikki: I just called the financial aid office today! I submitted my FAFSA and PROFILE back in March, but had not heard anything yet. It turns out, they needed my 1040 form...I submitted that today and they said I should hear back in the next week or so regarding what the school will be able to offer!
    Hope that helps!
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    I live in Arlington, VA. Specifically a little area called Ballston. Its a 5-10 minute metro ride to the Rosslyn station (where the Georgetown shuttle is located). There is also a nice bike trail that runs through part of Arlington right into Georgetown. When the weather is nice, I would bike or run to Georgetown's campus (15-20 minutes max on my old mountain bike and 30 minutes running).

    I think Arlington is pretty convenient, especially Rosslyn where there are a lot of apartment buildings. You can walk the 20 minutes to campus or take the Georgetown shuttle from Rosslyn. If you want to live slightly further away, but still convenient and good areas to live in in Arlington, you can try "Court House", "Clarendon", "Virginia Square" or "Ballston". They all have metro's there, or you can bike (if you're into biking that is). Unfortunately I have no advice on locations outside of Arlington!
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    Hey all,
    Did everyone get the water bottle today? =) It was a nice surprise. I have not really been considering Gtown because it is so expensive but this woo-ing is pretty nice! Now that I have almost all my choices in front of me, the decision making is so difficult!
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    Greetings all,

    For those of you on this thread who may still be on the fence about going to GU versus GW or Catholic, I went through the same process as you, about 2 years ago. I'm now in my last couple weeks at Georgetown, getting my BSN on May 20th (!!).

    I'm not in the WHC Scholars program, but about half my cohort of 57 is - so I've heard plenty about the pros and cons from my compadres. Right now, the market for new grad nurses is just terrible. For example, most of the hospitals in DC have either cut back their new grad hires - or in the case of NIH and GW Hospital, they've suspended their new grad programs entirely (NIH indefinitely, GW until Dec 2012). Yeah the nursing shortage will come back eventually, but no telling when that will be. Right now, the market is flooded with retired nurses who went back to work when their retirement portfolio tanked during the recession, or because their spouse lost their job. So, being guaranteed your first job at WHC - in this job market - is a HUGE advantage. Because even with only 1 year of experience, you can apply for almost any hospital in the country.

    As for the GU program itself, I'd say it was probably worth it. If you don't do the WHC scholars program, having a degree from a "name" school will definitely help in the job market (it's helping me). Every semester, the school polls students about what's going right/wrong, and then make adjustments for the next cohort coming thru. Even when that doesn't benefit me directly, it helps the next group coming thru.

    I'm a longterm resident of DC (I live in Alexandria, VA), and commute to school on the Metro. You can go to either Rosslyn on the Blue line, or Dupont Circle on the Red line, get off the metro, and hop on a free "GUTS" bus to the GU campus. FYI, the Dupont circle GUTS bus drops you off about 100 yards from St Mary's Hall, where most of the nursing classes are taught.

    If any of you have one-on-one questions I can help with, feel free to email me at:
    POK YT ROK YT (at) GMAIL (dot) (com)

    Hoya Saxa!
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    I was accepted to Georgetown, but do not plan on applying for the WHC scholarship. The scholarship program is not an option for me, because there is a good chance that I'm going to have to relocate shortly after finishing the program. I have been accepted at some other, less expensive schools in the area as well. While they are pretty well-respected programs, they don't seem to have as great of a name as Georgetown. If I had a money tree, I would choose Georgetown in a heartbeat! Since I don't, I'm just wondering if it is really worth shelling out $70K... Does anyone who didn't do/is not doing the WHC scholars program have any insight on this?
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    Hey AEP,
    I didn't apply for the Scholars either, I just know I don't want to work in DC for three years. Well, I think it is closer to 90K for the year and a half based on some of the graduated students.
    I have talked to a lot of the nursing admins that I work with about how they hire and to be honest, they look at the applicants school but GTown doesn't hold much weight against other top 20 schools. Sure, they will hold a GTown grad higher than a CommCollege grad, but if the applicant has attended any strong school, they are all the same. They look at previous experience, clinical rotations, etc.
    They do see GTown as a good school but there are so many other schools that don't have that financial burden. It is a tough choice, but I look to the NCLEX passing rates, their funding from NIH and their clinical rotations (My goal is to rotate through a Magnet hospital) and WHC is not a Magnet. I know they are working towards it though.

    It is a tough choice, good luck! I am sure you will get a great education no matter where you go.

    All of this said, I am still going to the Admitted day to see the facility.

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    Hey everyone!!

    This message is mostly for former/current students who might be perusing this forum, or for any prospective students who might know the answer. For the WHC Scholarship Interview Day, what all have you heard about it? It sounds like a breakfast/info session, tour, and then "interviews." Do you think it will be one larger group interview, personal interviews (if so, with who, since there seems to be just one coordinator for the program), or a practical experience? Any information would be much appreciated!!

    Many thanks,
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    I've been wondering the same thing about the WHC interviews. I'm going this Saturday. Are you?
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    Yup, I'll be there this Saturday as well. I'm searching the boards (and trying to get in touch with WHC scholars in the Spring 2011 cohort) to see what I can find out. I'll post if I learn anything.

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