Yes! Lot's of cake is in order! My strategy at first was started based on the fear of the unknown. I was 38 years old, a husband of 18 years, a father of a 9 year old, and SURPRISE! a baby girl on the way. I hadn't been in school for 20 years and back then I had goofed off so bad with my fiance, now wife, so my standing GPA was 2.5. So that would definitely not have gotten me in! So luckily I found out that my college offers grade amnesty to get into competitive programs, such as Nursing. Which is great, but it gets rid of the good with the bad. I applied for it and all classes from back then are masked from the selection committee, even ones I could possibly use for pre req's (1101 English). So basically being old gave me a do over, lol. So I decided that I really only have one shot at this so I said to myself, no matter what I would only take one class of the eleven pre reqs per semester. I work 50 hours a week at night as a manager, so it's pretty hard to balance home, school, and work. By focusing on only one class I was able to get A's in 10 of the 11 classes. A received a B in Healthcare Math (which was actually ok as it was only a one credit class). I finished with a 3.86 GPA and a 93% combined score on the HESI (Nursing entrance exam). My school has no waiting list for the program, it is strictly 60% your GPA and 40% HESI result. I truly feel I also had an advantage as I think as you mature, you take school more seriously as you truly know the value of an education having been out in the workforce for 20 years. Studying has come so much easier. Finally, the last three parts of my strategy are simple. # 1: I left all 4 of the most difficult pre reqs for last (Nutrition, AP1, Micro Bio, and AP2). So they les into the Program, which prepares me for tough classes). # 2: I found an amazing study buddy, and lastly # 3: Flash Cards are your friends. I can't study from a giant page of notes. I converted all notes into a question answer such as: what does ADH stand for on the front and Anti Diaretic Hormone on the back. I practiced that method with all my Psych classes and others so by the time I reached AP1 I had it down pat. So I hope you can take something from my strategy, obviously, everyone is different and my situation may be unique as not everyone has 2 and 1/2 years to finish the pre reqs. However, I am a strong believer in quality over quantity, doing it right the first time so you don't have to do it again, lol. I wish you all the luck, because now I have attack the next step and my study buddy and I have to come up with a new strategy. I also have to possibly quit my job to accommodate the class load. We will see....my future is now wide open, but I feel that I am doing today what others won't so tomorrow I can do what they can't!