Baby steps - called Admissions at the Community College

  1. I know this may sound silly to you all, but I have a phobia about colleges. I have stood outside the door of the community college where I live at least 5 times and did not go in.

    I don't know what is wrong with me. But I actually called to speak to an Admissions Officer today which is a big step for me, the answering machine picked up and my first response was relief no one answered and to hang up. But, I didn't I left a message.
    This could be the start of something BIG!

    chubbi
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Irene joy
    Congratulations on making the first step in a new direction for you. I promise all the anxiety will be worth it. After your first class, it will ease your anxiety and it just gets easier from then on.You will be surrounded with people that are in the same life "place" as you, and I guarantee you will not feel alone.Pat your self on the back, the first steps are always the hardest!
  4. by   chubbi
    Thanks Irene Joy !! I feel totally out of my league, out of my comfort zone . Thanks for the support!! It helps enormously..

    chubbi
  5. by   Multicollinearity
    I understand what you are saying. Over a year ago when I quit my former life and became a student, I was terrified of the community college I was to start at full-time. I sat in my car before that first class shaking and heart racing. I felt like such an idiot and mental case.

    I knew it was irrational since I had done so many things...owned my own business, successful career, etc. All of my successes meant nothing to my fear of college. I wanted to go so badly for so many years that I had amplified the fear of college in my mind.

    Now three semesters later I am convinced that the secret of college success for me is simply doing what I term 'sitting with it'. By that I mean the key is staying with whatever you don't understand or remember until you do understand and/or remember it. Otherwise known as studying, LOL. This may sound utterly simplistic, but I didn't have this knowledge when I tried college at age 18 many years ago, and I didn't have a family environment that was familiar with or encouraged college.

    Anyway - I was a total nutjob and nervous when I started this college thing a little while ago. Now I have the routine down and a 4.0 to boot. My point in sharing this is - you can go from fear to success and thriving.

    Make sure you don't overload your first semester and you'll do great!
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on Mar 19, '07
  6. by   caliotter3
    Hey, that's great! Now, why not take a drive over to the school and find the building where the nursing dept. is and go in? You can go to the office and ask for the info sheets or brochures detailing the program requirements, etc. Usually, these will be in prominent displays outside in the hallway so you may not even have to talk to someone in the office the first time, if you don't want to. Then, once you have your info sheets in hand, you can walk around the campus a little and go to the bookstore. There you can buy a copy of the catalog. Maybe get a sandwich at one of the student eating areas in the student commons. It might be more pleasant than you expect. The more trial runs you make, the easier it will be. Good luck.
  7. by   LMRN10
    I had thought about going back to college for a long time, but never did anything about it. I so badly wanted to begin on that path, but not knowing where to start scared me. Had I known how easy it really was, I probably would have gone back quite a while ago! But I did finally start...just as you are...looking into what I needed to do to get where I wanted to be.

    You will get there - the whole process is step by step!! Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

    By the way, I was 27 when I went back to school!
  8. by   Bella Donna
    I am 35 and going back to school Today I went to orientation and I was the oldest one in the advisment session. I felt like a total freaking idiot. I almost got up and walked out, that is how humiliated I felt. But I didnt. But I am seriously having thoughts that this is not what I should be doing and I am too old to do this. I have had a dream to be a nurse for my whole life, but I feel like a total idiot being the oldest one in there and hearing all the young ones in there whispering and snickering at me. But I am DETERMINED to do this, I am doing this for me not for the other people in the class with me. So good luck and kepp your head high.
  9. by   starbabyfive
    good for you chubbi!!! keep taking those baby steps & soon you'll be running!!!

    bella: keep up the good work. stay determined!! you can do it!! you've come this far.
  10. by   RN BSN 2009
    school can be nerve wracking, hang in there
  11. by   carolinapooh
    Sorry - somehow my post got submitted twice!
    Last edit by carolinapooh on Mar 20, '07
  12. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from Bella Donna
    I am 35 and going back to school Today I went to orientation and I was the oldest one in the advisment session. I felt like a total freaking idiot. I almost got up and walked out, that is how humiliated I felt. But I didnt. But I am seriously having thoughts that this is not what I should be doing and I am too old to do this. I have had a dream to be a nurse for my whole life, but I feel like a total idiot being the oldest one in there and hearing all the young ones in there whispering and snickering at me. But I am DETERMINED to do this, I am doing this for me not for the other people in the class with me. So good luck and kepp your head high.
    I'm 33; I'll be 34 in less than two months. The only disadvantage I have in comparison to the 20-somethings in my class is that my ability to stay up late and cram is impaired by my overwhelming need for eight hours of sleep.

    Chances are extremely good that the snickering twerps you encountered didn't even notice you, because they are too caught up in their own insecurities and were giggling at each other.

    My father went back to college in 1979, way before going back to school was the "in" thing to do like it is now. He said that the first day he walked into class, he was afraid of not being able to keep up with the kids. By the first exam, he said he realized THEY would have trouble keeping up with THEM.

    You're right, it's not for them - it's for YOU. YOU. And you will be FINE; don't quit and don't give up! :spin:
  13. by   Bella Donna
    Thank you very much for the encouragement.
  14. by   LMRN10
    Quote from Bella Donna
    I am 35 and going back to school Today I went to orientation and I was the oldest one in the advisment session. I felt like a total freaking idiot. I almost got up and walked out, that is how humiliated I felt. But I didnt. But I am seriously having thoughts that this is not what I should be doing and I am too old to do this. I have had a dream to be a nurse for my whole life, but I feel like a total idiot being the oldest one in there and hearing all the young ones in there whispering and snickering at me. But I am DETERMINED to do this, I am doing this for me not for the other people in the class with me. So good luck and kepp your head high.
    I will be 31 in July. First of all, I agree - this is for YOU! I was so nervous going back, but I do have to say, my school has such a mixture as far as ages. As soon as I went back, I knew I'd be fine. If they want to snicker at you (although I agree with pp that it probably wasn't the case, but I would automatically think they were laughing at me), let them. If this is your dream, you can't let anyone or anything stand in your way!! You'll make it and be much happier because of it!!

    Best of luck to you!!

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