Keep trying, or give up :( - page 2

by andreaslick50

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OK guys, i'm gonna be completely honest with you! I am not one to give up, but I have been trying to get my RN for over 7 years!!! I achieved in the process of becoming a LVN during my attempt and have been an LVN for almost... Read More


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    You can do it! I went to college at 17 the first time and dicked around because I couldn't handle it, so now I'm also 25 and going back and repeating classes to get my RN. It's worth it, though, because you will respect yourself so much more for pushing through. Stay determined!
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    I was in the exact same boat as you. I did not do well my first time in college. The first 4 years was all fraternity parties and football games. I came back home and dug myself out of the hole. It took a long time, but I got through it. When you retake classes, find out which ones can be grade forgiven. Just keep taking classes until your GPA goes up.

    The longer you were in school previously, the less amount each grade will count. An "A" with 30 credit hrs has more of an impact than an "A" with 130 credit hrs.

    Schools understand that students don't always make the right choices in the beginning. Some schools may look at the last 120 hrs and not all of them. You'd be surprised how admission requirements are worded. They may include so many of the last credit hrs or include mainly science classes. If you meet with an adviser, they can show you the grey areas with how your GPA can be calculated.

    Keep taking classes. Right before I got into nursing school, I needed my GPA a little higher, so I took a couple classes that had nothing to do with nursing. It was just extra credit hrs for my GPA. Nothing more. See if you can get away with taking extra electives. After a while, your GPA will start climbing.

    You have to do well in the classes you are taking now. With my second go around, I knew I had to get A's or anything close to it to really affect my grades. If you are still getting B's and C's, the hole will get bigger b/c the more credit hrs you obtain, the less an A will affect it.

    If you can make it into nursing school, your chances of getting into a BSN program are not as bad as you think. BSN programs for undergrad students usually require a 3.0 to apply, but an RN to BSN can be a 2.5 b/c they want prospects.

    Above all, you need to make good grades from here on out and you need to meet with an adviser and make a battle plan. Now that you know what you want to do, your grades should reflect that. When I went back, I knew what I wanted to do and my GPA was opposite of my previous round. It can be done. You just have to patient and very determined. Good luck!
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    I understand totally. Have you considered moving to a different area?
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    My advice would be that you may have to crawl before you walk. Now what I mean is that, you need to look at different programs at other schools, and the route you take. For example, there are a lot of adn programs out there. Not sure where you live, but most adn programs that I know of, just use your pre req gpa. So to start over on your gpa, you need to start over at a different school. I know a friend of mine, who like you goofed up when he was younger. When it came to applying for programs, he couldn't get in. so he started over at a different school, and so did his GPA! Ahhhh. If you are going to take classes over anyway, at least start fresh. You just can't ever get transfer credit, and who cares! once you give them a transcript, they will include old grades every time So just start as if you never attended before. Take the usual 5 pre reqs or so over at a completely new school, and start an adn program. Its not dishonest to do it, its a way to give a person a second chance. This way your new good grades won't be dragged down by you're past! And like those past experiences, were moving on! Get you're BSN at a later date, on your own time. Think about it., Keep your head up and don't get discouraged! You can do it!!!! Good luck!
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    Wow I must say, all of you are awesome to read from. I really needed to here other nurses and nursing student prospectives. I'm going to keep trying,I can't give up I've gotten this far right? So the colleges I'm applying to are Cuesta college San Luis Obispo, and Allan Hancock Santa Maria, both in California...well I live in Cali, so Cali schools are what I am looking at. My next question would be with what you guys know about me so far, are there any college suggestions you may have? And give me some input on what is needed to qualify and get in? All your advice is awesome, thanks guys, you rock!!!
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    Quote from mas28
    once you give them a transcript, they will include old grades every time So just start as if you never attended before. Take the usual 5 pre reqs or so over at a completely new school, and start an adn program. Its not dishonest to do it, its a way to give a person a second chance. This way your new good grades won't be dragged down by you're past!
    I would be very careful taking this advice as a lot of nursing programs/BSN programs will ask for ALL previous transcripts and if you only give them the transcript from the school you did well at and they find out they can drop you from the program.
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    Most programs really care about your pre req grades, especially on the adn level. That's why 99.99% of nursing programs requires specific courses to get in. I'm not saying they won't look at the others, but they weigh heavily on the ones they require. Nursing is a science, that's why chem, a and p, are the deal breakers. I don't live in Cali, otherwise I could give you three adn programs where I live that care only about your pre req gpa, no matter how many other schools and classes you have taken.
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    But you just may get dropped because you didn't report that cooking or pottery class because lord knows that's required to be a nurse. My intention OP is to help you get in, not get you kicked out. As with everything else, take what You need and disregard the rest.
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    Two schools to apply to isn't a wide selection. After getting my first BS i applied to about 5 or 6 schools for my second degree to widen the likelihood of getting in (I had a 3.4 gpa but most nursing programs are tougher than that). Id say look at programs outside your area, maybe expand the search to programs within an hour or so from you now, or apply to slightly further schools and live closer to the school. Worst case, work for another year to save up money and then move to whatever school you get into.
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    Quote from mas28
    My advice would be that you may have to crawl before you walk. Now what I mean is that, you need to look at different programs at other schools, and the route you take. For example, there are a lot of adn programs out there. Not sure where you live, but most adn programs that I know of, just use your pre req gpa. So to start over on your gpa, you need to start over at a different school. I know a friend of mine, who like you goofed up when he was younger. When it came to applying for programs, he couldn't get in. so he started over at a different school, and so did his GPA! Ahhhh. If you are going to take classes over anyway, at least start fresh. You just can't ever get transfer credit, and who cares! once you give them a transcript, they will include old grades every time So just start as if you never attended before. Take the usual 5 pre reqs or so over at a completely new school, and start an adn program. Its not dishonest to do it, its a way to give a person a second chance. This way your new good grades won't be dragged down by you're past! And like those past experiences, were moving on! Get you're BSN at a later date, on your own time. Think about it., Keep your head up and don't get discouraged! You can do it!!!! Good luck!
    If you tell a school you've never attended college before and withhold transcripts that have been asked of you, I'm concerned with your assertion that it isn't " dishonesty." It's flat out lying. In order to be given a second chance, the OTHER party makes the decision, not you. Shady ethics.


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