My academic journey so far has been that I got a general Associate of Science degree (School 1) and then transferred to a 4-year university to get a BS in Biology (School 2). While working on my BS in Biology I did a lot of research in Ecology and got really interested in environmental work. I started looking for jobs, but almost all the biology-related jobs were looking for candidates with an engineering degree, not a biology degree. I was about to get married right after graduating, and there was a university offering a degree in environmental engineering not far from where my husband works, so I decided to go there for a second degree in environmental engineering (School 3).
Well, 1 year later and things haven't worked out too well. I regret coming to school 3 - it hasn't been a good fit or a good program for me. While I did very well at Schools 1 & 2 earning mostly A's with a few B's, I have gotten mostly C's, one D, and one F at School 3. At School 1, I took all of my general eds and some extra science and math (chemistry and calculus, mostly). At school 2, I took almost all biology classes with an organic chemistry and algebra-based physics class thrown in. At school 3, it has been engineering classes, calculus based physics, and advanced mathematics. I was also struggling with some other issues (eating disorder, self harm, depression, family issues)at school 3 , but that is a whole another story!
I've decided to do what I should have done after graduating from School 1 - pursue nursing. I have always been interested and wanted to apply from the start, but at the time I wasn't listening to what 'I' wanted to do and I was listening to pressure from the outside - it was largely an attempt to make my father proud of me).
I have a lot of bills and need to work while in school, so I've decided to return to School 1 (a junior college) to finish a few pre-reqs and apply for the ADN program next year. After completion of the RN program, I would like to enter an RN-MSN program as it has always been my dream to teach college courses.
I am confident I can get very good grades again because I will be back in the field of Biology and Health/Medical Sciences that I love and did well in before. But, I am worried about getting into the programs I need to because of my grades from School 3.
Considering the RN program and the RN to MSN program:
* Would the schools know if I didn't submit my transcripts from School 3 (I didn't graduate with a degree)?
* If you think I should submit said transcripts from School 3, what do you think they will say? How do I explain this to them? Would 2 good transcripts and one really bad one prevent me from getting into the RN and RN-MSN programs?
* Do they calculate GPA based on every single course you've taken?
* Any recommendations???
Although I am disappointing in how long it took me to get here, I know that this is the right choice. I am finally listening to my heart and doing what I want to do, not what someone else wants me to do. Now, it is just a matter of how do I prove I have what it takes to be a great nurse and get accepted into school.
All comments are greatly appreciated! This means so much to me and I am so stressed out!