DID NOT GET IN! Completely devastated... - page 2

Hi everyone. Thanks for all the previous good wishes, but I FINALLY got my letter today and I did not get in. :crying2: The 2-year ADN program I applied to here in CA had 472 applicants who... Read More

  1. by   kasia2
    im sorry for the sad news...I know how you feel because Im facing 50/50 chance of getting into the program myself. I will know in two weeks if I got in or not. If I didnt it will screw up my whole plan of finishing my degree before IM 30 LOL Just remember that there are literally thousands of people with the same or similar dilemma, you are facing now, if Nursing is your true calling that you will be very happy nurse one day.
  2. by   vicky3269
    Thank you SO MUCH everyone! You know, I read these posts just about every day, but when the time comes when you are the one needing to cry or vent, the support system here is incredible and you guys just don't know what your reponses meant to me!

    Yesterday after I got the letter, I cried for 2 hours. Then my husband and son took me to dinner, I had a couple margaritas (one for you Medhead!), came home, and cried for another 2 hours. But this morning I am more determined than ever to get into a nursing program. Today is the first day of knowing that I will not be going to nursing school this year, but even though I have already quit my job (I know, I know, I jumped the gun a little bit) I will spend the next few semesters taking the rest of the pre-reqs I need to get into a BSN program.

    My fear is taking Organic Chemistry! I just don't do well with that stuff, and everyone has told me how hard it is, and I am so afraid to take it, but I need to in order to get into the BSN programs. Also Statistics, oh my gosh. I hope I can get through these classes without bringing down my GPA too much!

    OK, thanks again to every one of you that responded to my post! You guys really are the best!!!

    And Mystiqx, I ask your permission to borrow your favorite phrase from your favorite patient: NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT!

    Vicky
  3. by   jesa
    here's my tip for taking organic chem -- there is an 8 weekend intensive study program through Patten University, they do it in a couple different locations so you may be able to do it right by where you are. The instructor's name is Bruce. it was the best decision I ever made, a little more $$, but worth it I think. you get done in 8 weeks AND I thought it was pretty easy, the labs were really super easy and we had someone set up and clean up for us (YAY) and then the lectures were actually not bad, the instructor makes it actually interesting...well, as interesting as organic chem can be. my .02 but I really think it was worth it! PM me if you want any more info
  4. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Dont give up... you will get in!

    'tooth
  5. by   destined2bCRNA
    Quote from vicky3269
    Thank you SO MUCH everyone! You know, I read these posts just about every day, but when the time comes when you are the one needing to cry or vent, the support system here is incredible and you guys just don't know what your reponses meant to me!

    Yesterday after I got the letter, I cried for 2 hours. Then my husband and son took me to dinner, I had a couple margaritas (one for you Medhead!), came home, and cried for another 2 hours. But this morning I am more determined than ever to get into a nursing program. Today is the first day of knowing that I will not be going to nursing school this year, but even though I have already quit my job (I know, I know, I jumped the gun a little bit) I will spend the next few semesters taking the rest of the pre-reqs I need to get into a BSN program.

    My fear is taking Organic Chemistry! I just don't do well with that stuff, and everyone has told me how hard it is, and I am so afraid to take it, but I need to in order to get into the BSN programs. Also Statistics, oh my gosh. I hope I can get through these classes without bringing down my GPA too much!

    OK, thanks again to every one of you that responded to my post! You guys really are the best!!!

    And Mystiqx, I ask your permission to borrow your favorite phrase from your favorite patient: NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT!

    Vicky
    Don't worry about the Organic Chemistry class because of things you've heard. If you are intelligent enough to be rockin' a 4.0 GPA, this will be nothing for you. Also, many of the BSN programs don't require the same Organic Chem that science majors take; they only require "Survey of Organic Chemistry"- so be sure to check your BSN program requirements. Also, just a thought- If you're planning on pursuing your degree beyond the BSN level, check to see what other courses you can take this year to make your application for that program more competitive. And give hubby lots of kisses! A good support system like that can mean a world of difference!!
  6. by   Athenas83
    I was in the same exact situation, 4.0 with the local ADN program based on lottery system. I did get accepted to a BSN program. Try that out! With your grades don't even worry about organic chemistry. Keep your head up girl!!! You've got so much going for you. I've been there with the disappointment. Things will get better and you will get accepted!
  7. by   czyja
    Ouch! I had a similar experience a couple of years ago - I applied to UC berkeley as a transfer from a community college. I had a 4.0 GPA but did not get in. I cried like there was not tomorrow (I am a 40 y/o man so errr umm I dont cry a whole lot) and drank a bottle of very good champagne (that helped - Churchill said that Champagne is deserved in victory and needed in defeat). Then I applied the following year and got in. I will graduate next semester and head off (inshallah) to a direct entry MSN program.

    Go for your BSN! You will love it. College has been great for me - l love the people and I love the classes. If you are fearfull that you cannot afford it there is mucho scholarship money out there. In any event I would apply as broadly as possible. I dont know what your family commitments are like but if you can travel at all look at as many programs as possible. If you are in the castro valley I would even look at San Francisco State - you can get there by BART and Muni and can study on the train. Ditto with City college and USF. Don't rule out private school until you have applied and gotten a financial aid offer letter. Many of the people I met at a summer research program were from the community colleges and wound up at private schools with generous grants (ie you dont need to pay them back).

    Best of luck. Cry. Drink. Then get in.
  8. by   Ambition13
    I am so sorry for your devastating news. Please don't think that your hard work and perfect GPA was worthless. Apply to all the surrounding schools: Chabot, Merritt, Los Medanos, Ohlone, SJSU, Cal State E.Bay, etc...They all have 400-600 applicants, but there's a chance that one of them will pick you up especially with your GPA. Sometimes it take appying to these schools 2-3 years in a row, I've known people that have done it. I know that's horrible. A BSN will be better in the end as far for advancement in nursing. I even thought of Cal State E. Bay. Good luck to you. You wil succeed. As far as Chemistry, my advice is to take it alone so that class can be your only focus, that's what I did.
  9. by   vicky3269
    Thanks again everyone, for all the great insight and advice! It really means a lot. I feel so much better today.

    I should have been studying ALL DAY for my microbiology final on Tuesday, but instead I have been going over and over my fall semester schedule and have decided to take organic chemistry, intermediate algebra, lifespan developmental psychology, nutrition, and a yoga class on Saturdays!

    Life goes on! I'll be a nurse someday, it's just going to take a little longer than expected!

    Cheers,

    Vicky
  10. by   SoulShine75
    Hi Vicki. Try not to be too hard on yourself. You did everything you could have done and unfortunately it was left to luck only. I just don't understand those lottery systems. It seems like there is a better way than that. A waiting list is even more fair than a lottery. Maybe you'll get lucky afterall and someone won't accept their position and you'll get a call. You never know. I didn't read all the other posts, but I wanted to say to keep your chin up and don't give up. Keep searching around at other schools perhaps. It's only a waiting game at this point so just make the most of your time while waiting. Enjoy your family while you can, because you WILL eventually be sitting there in that class. Believe that. Good luck to you.
  11. by   kBrooksRN
    Good Morning Everyone,

    I want to say first of all that I am sorry to hear about this great disappointment. However, golden rule in life" Never put all of your eggs in one basket". There are tons of nursing programs that doesn't have the lottery system nor a waiting list. And I would not have known unless I did some research.
  12. by   vicky3269
    Hello kBrooksRN. Thanks for your input, however I have done a TON of research. I actually applied to three different programs, and have not heard from the other 2 yet, although they are not close to home. These were the only programs I could apply to this year that would accept applications without having your last science course completed. I wasn't through with microbiology, and not too many RN programs out there (at least in California) let you even apply until ALL of your science pre-reqs are completed.

    My severe disappointment stems from the fact that this was my FIRST CHOICE program, as it has a wonderful reputation, 100% pass rate on the NCLEX last year, and is only 8 miles from my house.

    Now that I have finished micro, I will begin applying everywhere. There are a lot of programs here in Northern CA, and I know I will get in somewhere, I just wanted to get into the program of my choice this year, that's all.

    Thanks again,

    Vicky
  13. by   Rianna1
    Hi Vicky, I felt your pain a couple months ago when I applied to my first program at my local Junior college. It was my first choice too since it was only 10 minutes away and with two young children, it would have made sense. There were 240 applicants for 36 spots and I was "waitlisted" at number 194. Basically, no chance of getting in. I wallowed in self pity for a couple days, but realized I needed to go for the BSN or even MSN since I have a BA in another field. LIke you, I will need to take O-Chem. Another science class, but what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I've told myself that I'll eventually get in somewhere. I don't know if Napa College is too far for you, but they have a ADN program based on GPA and you get waitlisted. I've heard that there are like 500+ people on the wait list, but you can try to get your name on the list and you will eventually get in. They admit students in both Fall and Spring semesters and I don't think they require Organic Chem.
    Keep your head up and you'll get in!

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