Accepted Columbia ETP applicants (and current students: some advice). get-together? - page 9

: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   BeaconStreet
    Hi Cozzy,
    The day started with accepted students sitting at tables by specialty. There was a screen and lectern at the front of the room, and many administrators and faculty were introduced and said a few words. Sarah Sheets-Cook, the vice dean, rapped (really). Judy Honig gave a little plug for the DNP degree and said that our class would be able to continue right through into that program (would probably add 1 year of school and 1 year residency). Karen Desjardins, the ETP director, gave a quick overview of the curriculum (it could have been a little longer--I didn't get everything!).

    Then we had lunch with our specialty and a faculty member at each table. After lunch, current students took small groups of us on long tours of the campus. This was my favorite part of the day, because my guide was great and spoke frankly about why she chose Columbia (over Penn, MGH, Yale), what student life is like, and what the pros and cons of the program are.

    The tour included the singles dorm (Just like college! An older building with not-tiny furnished rooms with big windows, some with river views. There is a kitchen somewhere, but I didn't see it. Hall bathrooms are coed and would probably inspire flip-flop wearing in the shower.), couples housing (Really nice apartments. Anyone want to be my domestic partner?), the student gym (located in the dorm, free to all, has lap pool), the Hammer building (home to big lecture halls, a nice new-looking science library, 24hr. computer lab, and cafe), and the Georgian building (home to nursing school administration, FinAid, skills lab and sim-dummies).

    Other random bits of info/advice I got from current students: Don't buy the white pants, they are see-through. Don't feel you have to live in Washington Heights. Most programs are closer to 2 years (plus 1 summer) than three unless you do a dual specialty or work part time. Lots of people work part time in the specialty portion, or go to school part time and work full time. The first summer is the hardest--each semester gets better after that.

    That's all I could absorb! I'm sure others who attended will have more to add.
    Last edit by BeaconStreet on Mar 3, '07 : Reason: typo
  2. by   cozzy66
    BeaconStreet,

    Thanks for the informative response!

    Too bad the information day was yesterday, or else I wouldn't have bought the white pants

    Did all the specialties have about equal populations of students or do some have more than others? I'm going on the Acute Care track, so I just wanted to get an approximate idea.

    Thanks again!
  3. by   T-Rock
    Hi Everyone!

    I'm new to the thread but I think it's a great idea! I was at the info session on Friday but feel like everything from that day was such a blur. We got so much information and I can't seem to remember any of it!

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the white clinical shoes we need? My tour guide suggested white Danskos and those do seem comfortable but they're pricey.


    Thanks!
  4. by   HYPEractiveTTU
    Quote from T-Rock
    Hi Everyone!

    I'm new to the thread but I think it's a great idea! I was at the info session on Friday but feel like everything from that day was such a blur. We got so much information and I can't seem to remember any of it!

    Does anyone have any suggestions on the white clinical shoes we need? My tour guide suggested white Danskos and those do seem comfortable but they're pricey.


    Thanks!
    you're gonna be on your feet a lot in some of the rotations, so make sure that the shoes you pick are comfortable. It really doesn't matter what kind they are, just as long as they are all white (they do uniform check!!!). I just wear New Balance sneakers, but I've seen everything from Nike to Dansko.

    -art

    ps. I'm just going to vent a lil... but...
    ... WE JUST FINISHED OUR LAST SIX HOUR CLASS!!!!!! YEEEAAAHHH!!!!!!!
  5. by   chickpea25
    Dear BeaconStreet:

    I was at the info session on Friday and was very impressed by Columbia. I was curious what the leader of your tour group said about why she picked Columbia over other schools. I am trying to decide between two schools right now...Yale and Columbia. I already put my deposit in for Yale because it was due earlier but I am seriously having a HUGE problem deciding between the schools. Both are obviously great. Anyone have advice or find themselves in a similar situation? Help!!!
  6. by   lizcakes
    Hi chickpea- I am in a similar dilemma with Columbia and UCLA. I don't hear from UCLA until the end of March and since the deposit for Columbia is due the 15th, I'm in a bind. It's a little stressful, but I think I'm going to put the deposit down regardless. Columbia's program, staff and students really impressed me. My tour guide was choosing between Yale and Columbia and decided on Columbia because the program is so flexible (you can take a year off after the first year, come back and start the specialty portion) where at Yale its a straight 3 years. Hope that helps!
  7. by   meagain716
    does anyone know if you can get your deposit back if you don't end up going? I'm still debating and I'm not sure, but I don't want to miss my chance.

    This is so stressful.
  8. by   T-Rock
    Quote from meagain716
    does anyone know if you can get your deposit back if you don't end up going? I'm still debating and I'm not sure, but I don't want to miss my chance.

    This is so stressful.
    I'm fairly certain the $500 deposit is non-refundable. It's a lot of money to put down if you choose to go somewhere else. Good luck with your decision!
  9. by   cmelny
    Hi,

    I also went to the March 2nd welcome session, and it helped me make my final decision and chose Columbia. I was impressed by the current students and the administration.

    Is anyone considering buying a PDA or digital voice recorder? Or if you have one, which is the best?

    Thanks!!
  10. by   T-Rock
    Quote from cmelny
    Hi,

    I also went to the March 2nd welcome session, and it helped me make my final decision and chose Columbia. I was impressed by the current students and the administration.

    Is anyone considering buying a PDA or digital voice recorder? Or if you have one, which is the best?

    Thanks!!
    Hi! My tour guide said that you don't need a PDA until the 2nd year when you start the specialty phase so I'm going to hold off on that expense. I am going to get a voice recorder though because I heard that you really need it because the profs whiz through the material. I'm looking at this model here.
  11. by   cmelny
    Thanks, T-Rock.

    I think I will hold off on the PDA, too, until next year. We have enough things to buy right now just to get started with the program.
  12. by   cozzy66
    Here's another question (I really wish I had gone to the visiting day!)

    Do any of you know whether or not we'll be able to shadow NPs during the BSN portion, just to get the jist of what they're doing? I am not 100% sure of my currently chosen specialty and since it's pretty easy to switch, I really want to take a look at one other area before making my final decision...

    Thanks!
  13. by   cmelny
    I think that may be what the spring semester "nursing practice integration" is all about, but I am not 100% sure on that.

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