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- Pooja, your story sounds a lot like mine. If you want to talk in PVT we could probably exchange some ideas.
Is your GPA higher than 3.0 in the last 90 credits? Btw, are you taking courses at UW right now? How are your prereqs going, have you finished them?
I wrote three versions of my statements, in all honesty, the first two had a lot of explanations and too many personal details. The third I think it's very good because I started sounding like I was worth it, what's past it's past, you know?
Try contacting a good professor or the people who wrote you the rec letters, so they can review your essay. Someone with a least a PhD after their name BTW, I just received email of personal statement and CV workshops that are going to happen tomorrow at Mary Gates Hall. Let me know if it's something that you might want to attend.Last edit by Calinca on Nov 15, '11
- Nov 15, '11 by ec7855I'm from the midwest and unable to attend any information session. What were some of the main points they made in the presentation? Did they mention typical GPA, GRE and experience? As far as what you perceive as vulnerable points in your application, I think thats a great opportunity for you to explain your struggle and show how you've used those experiences for personal growth. I feel most applicants applying to these programs have found there path towards nursing in an atypical way. I would stress how the beginning of your journey wasn't the easiest and now that you've found direction, you've developed a great deal of passion for helping others.
- ec7855, there is a podcast from an old information session on the website, by Dr. Carr. I thought it was very informative!
And I agree, you should include how you overcame your challenges in your personal statement. I haven't yet added that part in mine (no inspiration to write) but it's important for them to see how you deal with setbacks. Good Luck!
- Nov 15, '11 by ec7855Where is the prompt for you essay? I recall a lady from admissions informing me that i'll receive a prompt after I submitted my application but never encounter such a thing. I know we're suppose to e-mail or snail mail it to the admissions dept. but what exactly are they looking for in the essay? I don't see anything clear on the website or in the online application? Little help...
- Nov 15, '11 by pooja88ec7855,
Here are a few brief notes I took during the information session at SU on November 9.
• Mail resume/letter of intent to Grad Admissions Office, or e-mail it to them
• Each track is different – over 300 applicants, 286 made minimum requirements, 100 asked for interviews, 50 offered admission across all tracks. 1/6 – 16% acceptance rate overall last year (approximately)
• Ability to work with orgs such as Doctors Beyond Borders through SU's program (later on)
• Letter of intent length – no set number of words or pages – reflect why you’re choosing seattle u/why you want to come here, background, why you’re choosing seattle u, what you want to do with nursing. be succinct (as short as you can) 12 pt font
• Resume – can include additional talents – language skills, certifications etc.
- Nov 15, '11 by pooja88Calinca,
I'm already glad I decided to join this forum! I really appreciate your support. We're all just trying to do something that we're passionate about and make a difference, but after going through so many threads for different schools, all I've been thinking about is how much competition I have. Its nice to see that this community is particularly warm and helpful to each other.
That being said, I'd love to talk sometime privately about application stuff! I wish I'd known about the writing event at UW, but unfortunately I have a lab at the time which I can't miss
As for my GPA, its kind of a weird situation. It improved a lot towards the end of my undergraduate career (during my major courses) but I have a couple of really random low grades that occur with really high grades in other classes. Its sort of a personal perfectionism thing I used to deal with - when I feel like something is too hard and I can't achieve perfection, I sort of gave up (reminiscent of my columbia u app). Things I excelled at naturally, well, I did just that...excelled, easily. So my grades are interesting but definitely above a 3.0 overall and especially in the last portion of my studies.
The really funny thing is now that I'm done with my Columbia application, I feel surprisingly ready to finish my SU personal statement. I clicked so well with SU's admissions officers and philosophy and I know exactly what to write. In fact, I wrote countless (around 20) half-done personal statements for CU, and I just couldn't integrate them all into one short essay. But for Seattle U, one of those essays works perfectly, I just have to develop it a little bit. I guess I'm a lot more inspired to write because Seattle U focuses on certain things like vulnerable populations etc., and that provides me a little bit more focus.
That being said I have some really supportive instructors at UW that know me well and also at Bellevue College where I'm finishing up prereqs. I'll definitely have a couple people look it over and make sure this time my essay is strong!
Knowing how supportive the admissions panel is, I feel like I'm more confident in applying here. I REALLY want to get into SU because its an absolutely perfect fit. Also if I can't be on the east coast, I'd prefer to be in my home, at a great local nursing school here than anywhere else.
Let me know if you want to chat sometime!
- Nov 15, '11 by myelinHey pooja, i have a BS in psych as well (from UW). I graduated a couple of years back. I think you'll be okay. Try not to stress so much. I'm sure your solid GRE and good grades in your prereqs will let them know that you have the academic capabilities for this program. It's really easy to get psyched out, but I bet your personal statement wasn't nearly as bad as you think it is. Have you had others read it and comment on it?
- Nov 15, '11 by scout11thanks for posting the details from the SU information session. It's helpful to those of us who are out of state!
- Nov 16, '11 by mz_marithey all! i'm applying to the fnp tract, with hopes of focusing specifically in women's health as an fnp. i'm really excited to apply to SU! best of luck to all as you wrap up applications. i wish they had an info session around thanksgiving, as i'll be home to see family ah well!