A lot of you may not know me, but I do post here regularly on allnurses. I was also a regular on this particular forum when I joined in March 2009, the same month and year I decided to switch my career to nursing. I was volunteering at a hospital at the time and it just hit me that I should be a nurse instead of what I used to be doing. So 2 months later I started my very first prereq course and it started from there. I applied to an accelerated BSN program to start in 2010 and was waitlisted, never accepted in. I did not give up, tried again to start in 2011 (also applied to a couple of other schools) and this time I got in! However, was torn between another school and this one for weeks ... I ultimately chose to attend the school that originally waitlisted me one year before.
Just graduated with honors from that program last May, it was perhaps one of the most trying years of my life. Many sacrifices and tears went into my studies and I could not wait to finish. Well, I finally did and was lucky to interview and have a job after graduation. I worked for a couple of months before sitting for the NCLEX and happy to say I passed on my first try. I am now a licensed RN working in a profession I only dreamed of back in 2009. Long road, but it finally arrived somewhere.
So here it is September 2012, and I wanted to come back for a second to where it all started, to let you know that I haven't forgotten. There are many of you out here that are now where I was 3 years ago, and you will progress like I did. It took me a couple of years to complete prereqs but that is only because I had to work and save $$$ for what I knew would be a tough year of full-time studying. If you believe, work hard enough and never give up, you too can achieve your goals like I did. I hope and pray all of you will too, because I love being a nurse!