I feel afraid and discouraged :( Just checked my grades.......

  1. Hello everybody,

    I don't see myself doing anything in life but in the health related field. Starting this fall, I will be a Sophomore. I only have to take about 6 more prerequisite classes, so far I have taken 56 units/credits. Right now I'm reaching for a BSN but my dream job is to be a anesthesia nurse.

    My overall GPA right now is a 3.7. I already have TWO "B" and one "B+". I got the B+ in English 102 (always been my weakness), "B" in Political Science and this upper division Philosophy class that I have to take to graduate. That is way too many B and I'm terrified of telling my parents about this because they will probably threaten to kick me out of the house and stop paying for my tuition. I will be turning 19 by December of this year but I highly doubt that minimum wage can keep me alive with rent and bills i would have to pay if I were to be kicked out.

    Ugh, I can not explain this feeling of regret with words. When I got my first B I promised myself that I would only get one B in my whole college career, but now everything is just going down the drain. I remember talking to our family friend, a Medical Doctor, about grades and universities, and he said to never get a "B" because college is serious business; it will follow you for the rest of your life unlike high school grades.

    Of course I could probably take some whatever easy classes to pull my overall GPA up, but I'm in a rush to finish school because there's a lot of conflict and negativity at home that I just want to escape from as soon as I can support myself.

    Please, is there any hope for me with this many "B"s? I plan to go all the way into getting a Masters, but perhaps I am just not smart enough or cut out for this road?
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  3. by   canchaser
    I graduated bsn with a 3.7 and got into CRNA school, they look at you in general. My program was a MSN program, to show that I could handle the masters program I took 6 credits at master level to show themI was serious. So hang in there keep getting good grades. Maybe when u get into the nursing classes you will be able to get A's. That's whenI flourished and got to raise my GPA. The fluff classes were hardest for me. You've got a B plus so you might be able to pull it up to an A.
  4. by   ShannonBerry11
    First of all, a few Bs will not kill your chances of getting into a masters program. I promise. You have many more classes to go to improve your GPA if you want!
    Second, don't be so hard on yourself. If there is a lot of negativity at home (and if they would honestly kick you out because of a few Bs), maybe you should think about getting a roommate or two and renting a house or apartment together... Or maybe living on campus, if your school offers it? I imagine that you're eligible for a ton of scholarships if you need more money to help with that.

    Really though, life will go on, even with some Bs on your transcript. In the grand scheme of things, it is absolutely no big deal. Nursing school is difficult, and those non-nursing classes can seem a little pointless, which may make then even more difficult to get through. You can do this.
  5. by   IndyElmer
    It's my relatively inexperienced opinion that really stellar reference letters and work experience can help make up for a GPA that is closer to the minimum requirement GPA for a school (and not all schools have the same minimum so check out programs all over the country to broaden your options). Of course you want to strive for the best grades possible, but try to focus on becoming an excellent nurse and gaining experiences that can help you stand out when the time comes for graduate school.
  6. by   NightNerd
    Dang, I'm sorry you're going through that. B's are far from being "bad grades," and it sounds like your family is seriously overreacting. A B here and there is not a big deal, as it still signifies performance at a consistently high level. So don't stress over them, even if your parents do.

    I agree with the PP who said to look into living on campus or renting an apartment with some roommates. My family is very much the same as what your sounds like (lots of drama, no support, etc.), and I became an RA to get the free room and board. My grades actually improved a whole lot once I was away from all of that, so you may be able to eliminate those B's anyway. And it's totally worth looking into for your own peace of mind - a lot can change when you don't have that negativity roaring in your ear all the time.

    Good luck to you.
    Last edit by NightNerd on Sep 15, '12 : Reason: Added a point
  7. by   CallieNM
    When did being a B-average student become a bad thing?

    Just curious. I have always had a learning disability and it takes a lot of effort on my part to get B's and a miracle to get an A. I struggled through middle school and high school. I even contemplated at one point to drop out of high school because it felt like I was such a let down with C's and D's.

    I'm glad I didn't. I learned how to manage my studies and did what worked for me. Since being in college I have been on the Dean's list twice and am pretty much a B-average student. And I am freaking proud of my B's.

    My daughter is a B-average student too. She is 8 and I always try to challenge her to get A's, but as a parent I WOULD NEVER make her feel like a B is a bad thing, because it is awesome! You should feel the same way...

    There are people out there who struggle with learning and struggle with test-taking. Doesn't make them stupid. Some people can only score C's... so maybe you should feel grateful for your B's and just continue to set your goal for the A's.

    B's are not bad in nursing school. It is a passing grade in classes that are outrageously difficult.

    Just my two-cents.

    Good luck in your endeavors.
  8. by   Nurse2b7337
    I think you're being WAAAAYYYYY to hard on yourself. I understand you want to get good grades for your parents. I know of plenty of ppl who have gotten into nursing schools with B's you have a chance with your B's so chin up!!!! Sorry you're having so much stress at home. Hugs!!!