Just looking for some cheering up...
Tonight I went back and read my first post on this website from 2009. I had just transferred to a 4-year college and my GPA was terrible and I had very little healthcare experience, but I did have a dream of someday becoming a nurse (not a FNP--getting into any nursing program at all seemed impossible at the time!). Fast forward 'til now...I've been accepted to three incredible, top-ranking schools; two of the best in the world.
Yet, when my first financial aid package arrived I realized that as hard as I've worked and as far as I've come, this will likely be an impossible dream. I simply cannot afford to attend nursing school. As other accepted students in my cohort received their award packages, they've had similar reactions. I have been in shock for the past week. There have been many tearful conversations with my family, as we are all struggling.
I'm feeling silly and foolish for getting so far ahead of myself, for dreaming big, for applying to programs with huge price tags and thinking that things would just...work themselves out. I know that if I keep trying, eventually I might get there--maybe not those schools, maybe not any time soon--but right now I just want to give up on that altogether.
Guess I wanted to post here because my friends and family who haven't been through the ringer applying to nursing school are trying hard to be supportive, but they can't relate. I could use some words of wisdom and encouragement, and a "chin up! Keep trying!" from someone who's been there before.