Just finished my first semester. Ask me anything. - page 22

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Wow...I can't believe it's only been been 3 1/2 months! It feels like it's been at least a year. But finally, a few hours ago today, I took my last final and finished my first semester of CRNA school! I figured this would be a... Read More


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    Thanks for for being so diligent in posting here. I love everything you've shared so far.
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    MeTheRN, I am so engrossed in this post and I am grateful I found it! I had never heard of Wolford College before for CRNA. I am in Miami and was looking into the local schools, however some require my chemistry & stats to be less than 5 years old, ha! And, some are now solely BSN-DNAP programs.

    I am going to apply based on your posts alone. Especially the part where you emphasize that everyone starts at zero in the program as far as skill. There are some negative reviews out there but every school has those.

    I live in Miami and would have to relocate to Naples for the duration of the program.
    Can I find a roommate in the program? What is the avg rent? In Miami a 1 bedroom is at least $900/mo! Have other SRNAs left their spouses at home in another city? How is that going for them?

    Do you get any breaks in between semesters? How long?

    Are there advantages to Wolford over FGCU?

    Thanks and YOU ROCK!
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    Quote from icuRNmia
    MeTheRN, I am so engrossed in this post and I am grateful I found it! I had never heard of Wolford College before for CRNA. I am in Miami and was looking into the local schools, however some require my chemistry & stats to be less than 5 years old, ha! And, some are now solely BSN-DNAP programs.

    I am going to apply based on your posts alone. Especially the part where you emphasize that everyone starts at zero in the program as far as skill. There are some negative reviews out there but every school has those.

    I live in Miami and would have to relocate to Naples for the duration of the program.
    Can I find a roommate in the program? What is the avg rent? In Miami a 1 bedroom is at least $900/mo! Have other SRNAs left their spouses at home in another city? How is that going for them?

    Do you get any breaks in between semesters? How long?

    Are there advantages to Wolford over FGCU?

    Thanks and YOU ROCK!
    Hey! Im from Miami also, surprisingly very few Miamians seem to come here for school. I relocated for school since Im a single student. I do the drive every couple of weeks to go home and visit, but Im glad I dont have to, gas and tolls really add up! It seems that the average 1 bedroom rental runs about $800-$850 here as well. It can be more depending on pets, if the complex has trash service etc. There is a complex here named Bermuda Islands that is nicknamed Wolford dorms bc there are quite a few students that live there. Its in close proximity to the school, so you can always look that up online if interested. I find cost of living expensive here in Naples. Simple things like haircuts, grooming etc are like 1.5X the price IMO. So be prepared. Lol. Many SRNAs families have moved here to Fla with them (my class is prob 90% out of state), and the few that are originally from fla commute for classes. You get a break between the classes for the 1st 3 semesters. Each break is about a week and a half. I really dont know too much about FGCU, so I cant make comparisons, but Im happy that I chose to attend this school so far. Im sure you've found negative press online. During my interview process they proactively addressed rumors. I do think that the school has gone through some growing pains and has had to revamp the program, and still is. But some of the stories that were written from years back, I don't find them to be true. Hope that helps.
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    Quote from MeTheRN
    Most of the students are married and have their spouses working full time. I don't have that luxury, so I took out the maximum amount of federal student loans possible. I borrowed about $65K for this academic year. It's important to pick a school to applies a realistic cost of attendance, that way you can borrow as much as you need from federal student loans with fixed interest rates! So far, I'm not on the Ramen noodles diet but I'm careful with my money.

    Feel free to ask anything else.
    Hi,

    I will have 2 car payments that I will not be able to get rid of by the time I start next year if I get accepted. Good news is I don't have kids so will be able to buckle down you know beans and rice! My husband currently works at Lowes which doesn't pay great. I am hoping he can find a job and bring home at least 1600/month after taxes. When you say you borrowed 65k for a year is that just 12 months or half of the program (14)? I am thinking we need about 3000/month. Have you heard of people having difficulty with loans? My credit rate is very good so I shouldn't have a problem there. Also, when it comes to finding a place to live are apartments ok with no job and student loan income? Thanks for all the info in this thread! I took PALS yesterday and have recommendations and transcripts being sent this week and just finished my resume yesterday. Now to work on studying for the GRE which I am taking at the end of August and the essay. I am debating whether or not to take the CCRN. Thanks!
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    Quote from nursejilly2005

    Hi,

    I will have 2 car payments that I will not be able to get rid of by the time I start next year if I get accepted. Good news is I don't have kids so will be able to buckle down you know beans and rice! My husband currently works at Lowes which doesn't pay great. I am hoping he can find a job and bring home at least 1600/month after taxes. When you say you borrowed 65k for a year is that just 12 months or half of the program (14)? I am thinking we need about 3000/month. Have you heard of people having difficulty with loans? My credit rate is very good so I shouldn't have a problem there. Also, when it comes to finding a place to live are apartments ok with no job and student loan income? Thanks for all the info in this thread! I took PALS yesterday and have recommendations and transcripts being sent this week and just finished my resume yesterday. Now to work on studying for the GRE which I am taking at the end of August and the essay. I am debating whether or not to take the CCRN. Thanks!
    Take and pass the CCRN if you want to be a competitive applicant.
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    Agreed, everyone in my interview had their CCRN. A lot of schools are starting to make it part of their application. It is a bit expensive but worth it and won't have to worry about being the only one at the interview without it
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    I have pretty good stats GPA 3.9 8 years of ICU experience with 4 years of travel experience. I currently work at a level one university hospital in a busy SICU with frequent drips, ECMO, and CRRT. I am taking GRE at end of August so preparing for that and no time right now to prepare for CCRN. I am sending my application in next week. Do you think they would turn me down without CCRN?
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    Quote from nursejilly2005
    I have pretty good stats GPA 3.9 8 years of ICU experience with 4 years of travel experience. I currently work at a level one university hospital in a busy SICU with frequent drips, ECMO, and CRRT. I am taking GRE at end of August so preparing for that and no time right now to prepare for CCRN. I am sending my application in next week. Do you think they would turn me down without CCRN?
    Not necessarily, it really depends on the program. each program considers things differently. Some will rank CCRN higher than GRE scores and vice versa, or your experience alone may be enough. Just keep in mind that Most of the applicants they interview will have their CCRN.

    If they do grant you an interview, I would try to get it before then.
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    Quote from icuRNmia
    MeTheRN, I am so engrossed in this post and I am grateful I found it! I had never heard of Wolford College before for CRNA. I am in Miami and was looking into the local schools, however some require my chemistry & stats to be less than 5 years old, ha! And, some are now solely BSN-DNAP programs.

    I am going to apply based on your posts alone. Especially the part where you emphasize that everyone starts at zero in the program as far as skill. There are some negative reviews out there but every school has those.

    I live in Miami and would have to relocate to Naples for the duration of the program.
    Can I find a roommate in the program? What is the avg rent? In Miami a 1 bedroom is at least $900/mo! Have other SRNAs left their spouses at home in another city? How is that going for them?

    Do you get any breaks in between semesters? How long?

    Are there advantages to Wolford over FGCU?

    Thanks and YOU ROCK!
    I would never suggest going to a school based on someone's online postings alone. Miami has FIU and UM, so look into those programs too just in case you like them better and wouldn't have to relocate.

    Yes you can find a roommate in the program. Wolford has a housing forum that you can access and find a roommate that way. The average rent is $900+ for a 1br/ba apartment in Naples. There are lots of SRNA's that have left their spouses and families back home. They're sad, but making it through the program OK. There's actually a guy in my program that commutes to and from Miami on the weekends.

    You get 2 week breaks between semesters during the didactic portion of the program. No more breaks when you're in clinicals, except one week long vacation that you schedule ahead of time.

    I like Wolford over FGCU because it's been around longer, it has better clinical connections in town, it has better instructors, and it doesn't have to deal with the minutia of being part of a university or school of nursing.
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    Quote from nursejilly2005
    Hi,

    I will have 2 car payments that I will not be able to get rid of by the time I start next year if I get accepted. Good news is I don't have kids so will be able to buckle down you know beans and rice! My husband currently works at Lowes which doesn't pay great. I am hoping he can find a job and bring home at least 1600/month after taxes. When you say you borrowed 65k for a year is that just 12 months or half of the program (14)? I am thinking we need about 3000/month. Have you heard of people having difficulty with loans? My credit rate is very good so I shouldn't have a problem there. Also, when it comes to finding a place to live are apartments ok with no job and student loan income? Thanks for all the info in this thread! I took PALS yesterday and have recommendations and transcripts being sent this week and just finished my resume yesterday. Now to work on studying for the GRE which I am taking at the end of August and the essay. I am debating whether or not to take the CCRN. Thanks!
    If you take out the maximum student loans, it averages out to about a little over $3000/month in take home cash. I'd rent an apartment with your work history as an RN and I wouldn't mention that you're in CRNA school. It's none of their business and your rent will get paid. Definitely take the CCRN before the program. You'll need to know this information eventually, might as well learn it now when you're not under pressure to learn everything else at the same time.
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