In order for you to understand, I need to give you some background information. I've worked as a direct care counselor in a group home setting for 9 years. My list of credentials is pretty impressive in the healthcare field. One night out of boredom I sent my resume online to several hospitals. Ny Presbyterian answered within hours and asked me to come in for an interview. Top two of 500 applicants for an entry level position at the number one hospital in NY! Sixth in the country! I was elated to say the least. Unfortunately I didn't get the position, and it broke my heart. The other person had experience working in a hospital, I on the other hand had the same experience but in a home care setting... Sucks right! Well this finally opened my eyes! For years I was told that nursing was my calling, but I rebelled, I didn't take college as seriously as I should have. I let a lot of personal problems at home take precedence over my education. I dropped a lot of classes and as many w's as I have I also have A's and B's... Well I finally decided nursing was for me at 27 years old, only to have my immature past come back to bite me. Turns out I have 2 WU grades in the same subject, one was for a class I dropped online through esims before the semester started, it must not have updated in the system and i was too careless to double check, resulting in a WU grade. The other, I let problems at home deter me from going to school and I missed twelve days of class. I kept up with the work however the professor was unwilling to work with me, also resulting in a WU grade. The most ironic part of all of this is they are both in English 1, English has been my best subject my entire life. I never get less than an A. I am currently trying to get the grades changed. But if I am unsuccessful, how badly can this hurt me? I have not taken any of my science classes yet, or psych. If I maintain a 4.0 gpa in science, and retake the English and get an A, will they take into consideration that I made a mistake? The CUNY and SUNY nursing programs are fiercely competitive! Some schools only take 100 applicants per year! Average gpa accepted is a 3.5... Because of these WU grades my GPA went from a 3.27 to a 2.5. I have an appointment with a nursing advisor coming up. However in the meantime I am having a lot of anxiety over this. Did I ruin my chances of getting into a nursing program? Has anyone else had a similar experience?
At my school, so long as you 'drop' within the first two weeks of classes, the course wouldn't show up on your transcript--there would be no record of you having ever even signed up for it!
After the two week grace period however, changes to a course schedule would be considered a withdrawal and recorded as a "W" on your transcripts. That wouldn't be factored into your GPA at my school. Unless, you've withdrawn from more than five classes. The sixth class, and subsequent classes withdrawn from are recorded as a 0.00--just as bad as getting a F! OUCH! That school was strict, to say the least.
Unfortunately, I used up all of my freebie withdrawals early on in my academic career at that school. So, I've got a couple of extra "W" grades on my transcript which decimated my GPA. I'm hoping that I can go the community college LPN>LPN-to-ADN>RN-to-BSN route. It's long process (if any school/programs will even take me), but that's what I've got to do to show that I'm not a total screw-up.
It doesn't sound like you're too far gone, SamanthaJCosta! Have hope. You'll get there. emt0089's post was really inspiring! It seems like people really can turn around a scary academic record if they're willing to do hard work.
Last edit by quirk on Mar 25, '13
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