Accepted Columbia ETP applicants (and current students: some advice). get-together? - page 7

:welcome: Hi everyone! I thought it might be a good idea to get our own separate thread for those accepted to Columbia ETP! Sure we have a lot to discuss! I would also like to invite current... Read More

  1. by   meagain716
    Good point chickpea. I guess I have to keep that in mind. But I'm still petrified about making the wrong choice!
  2. by   cozzy66
    meagain716.. good luck in your decision making process! i'm sure that whatever you choose, it'll be right for you and that's what counts most. also, i think in the end, no matter where you go, you'll look back and see it as a good/great experience where you learned a lot of and were really prepared for your career. don't psych yourself out too much!
  3. by   yogagal
    Quote from meagain716
    I wish they'd give us more information before we have 2 weeks to make a decision!! I feel like so much is hidden.
    The information that you get once you get the log-in info is nothing earth shattering that will help you decide where to go. It's just information you will need if you are actually going to come here, like a book list and stuff like that. The most interesting thing is getting to see the facebook of your future classmates .
  4. by   mazzini148
    Hello everyone,
    Forgive me for airing my anxieties about financial matters here on this thread. And forgive me for not investigating this thoroughly with the CUSN financial aid officer.

    I am a 41 year-old male with an MPH and 36k in grad school loans (~50k with interest factored in) who has been accepted to Columbia (and only CUSN). While I haven't gathered nearly enough information regarding tuition and expenses for the program, I have a rough estimate of approximately 104k for tuition and clinical fees combined for the 3-year program. Does this jibe with others' calculations? And how much do you all estimate all costs, including living expenses will run? What to think of 150-180k (CU + grad loans combined) in loans? I am so troubled by this that I am giving serious consideration to looking for other, less expensive avenues to the MSN.

    Any input would be much appreciated.
    Thank you and congratulations to all of you who will be attending the program.
  5. by   cozzy66
    Two questions for current-ETPers:

    Does anyone use parking in the area? Is it easy to park on the street or do you need to be in a lot? Is there any specific person I should contact regarding getting a parking space?

    Do the scrubs that you order from Columbia have any specific school identification? I already have a shirt and pant navy scrub set from a few months ago and am hoping I won't need to buy 2 sets from the school....

    Thanks!
  6. by   yogagal
    Quote from cozzy66
    Two questions for current-ETPers:

    Does anyone use parking in the area? Is it easy to park on the street or do you need to be in a lot? Is there any specific person I should contact regarding getting a parking space?

    Do the scrubs that you order from Columbia have any specific school identification? I already have a shirt and pant navy scrub set from a few months ago and am hoping I won't need to buy 2 sets from the school....

    Thanks!

    I know of a couple of people who live near school and have cars here and park on the street. It's not easy though, I think they drive around a lot looking for spaces. I know another person who parks in a private lot in the neighborhood for a couple hundred a month. I don't know anything about parking at the hospital, I'm sure it's expensive.

    You will have to buy the school uniforms because the top is a polo shirt embroidered with the school logo (unless they change something for next year). You could probably get away with wearing your own navy scrub pants though.
  7. by   iriska_meller
    How many scrub sets should we buy? I mean in terms of reasonable; do we have to wear them every day, or only to the clinicals? Please don't tell me that it is SO INTENSE that you don't even have time to do your laundry and you need to buy 10 sets....
  8. by   iriska_meller
    Quote from mazzini148
    Hello everyone,
    Forgive me for airing my anxieties about financial matters here on this thread. And forgive me for not investigating this thoroughly with the CUSN financial aid officer.

    I am a 41 year-old male with an MPH and 36k in grad school loans (~50k with interest factored in) who has been accepted to Columbia (and only CUSN). While I haven't gathered nearly enough information regarding tuition and expenses for the program, I have a rough estimate of approximately 104k for tuition and clinical fees combined for the 3-year program. Does this jibe with others' calculations? And how much do you all estimate all costs, including living expenses will run? What to think of 150-180k (CU + grad loans combined) in loans? I am so troubled by this that I am giving serious consideration to looking for other, less expensive avenues to the MSN.

    Any input would be much appreciated.
    Thank you and congratulations to all of you who will be attending the program.
    Dear Mazzini148,
    Welcome to the thread. You know, I am in somewhat similar situation. I have loans from undergraduate school (not that much though, but still - loans). You know, if I were in your place, I would consult a financial advisor before accepting.
    One more thought - may be you could get an accelerated BSN first and go work for a few years as an RN, in order to pay back some loans, and then pursue the MSN part-time, with the help of your employer hospital?
  9. by   cozzy66
    Here's another question for current ETPers... i looked at the SON academic calendar and it looks like Aug 3 - Labor day are off from school... is this true? Did you guys get a month off last summer too? is that too good to be true?
  10. by   iriska_meller
    Did this bother you too? Last year it was true. IMHO, it is dumb. Why, why on earth, if this is SUCH AN INTENSE program, put a month off right in the middle, instead of giving people a decent new year break (look it up, this one is only about a week). Also, I noticed that on many semi-holidays (election day, president's day, etc) everyone is off except for ETP students. This scheduling looks somewhat stupid to me. May be I'm wrong.
  11. by   cozzy66
    I actually don't mind if we do have a month off in August, altho it does seem counter-intuitive.. I have a vacation planned and actually bought plane tickets already, so it is perfect.. and better be true!
  12. by   anniepants
    i agree...i welcome the one month break in august! i'll actually be getting married during that break, so it'd better be true .

    one student i contacted did tell me that the break is a much-needed break after the first intense "boot-camp" summer semester. it does suck that our other breaks are so short, though...
  13. by   kmp2120
    Current ETP'er here...

    Yes, we did have the month of August off and I thought it was great! Granted the other breaks are short, but the summer was the most intense and the break was definitely appreciated. From what I've heard, it was also perfect timing for all of the westcoasters to go home for an extended visit.

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