Quote from FutureNurseShammy
Wanted some advice on my 1st semester grades. I took 4 classes.
College Algebra - C+
English 101- B+
College Reading Skills(CRS)- C
My GPA is a 2.6. So far students older than me said since its my first semester of college, its expected. But others say its really BAD especially if I want to get into Nursing. Next semester ill be taking A&P1, SOCY, Psych, Stats, and English Comp.
What's your opinion on my grades? /:
That's probably fairly normal considering it is your 1st semester of school. Take a look at the entrance requirements for the nursing programs in your area and see what they require as far as prerequisite grades/GPA. I think you should concentrate on trying to figure out how you study best. You may also want to take an assessment of some sort to determine what your strengths are academically. This will also tell you what your weaknesses are. Then you can work on what is weak and improve that. I would expect that nursing programs look heavily at your prerequisites that they require, not so much the general Ed, but rather the science-based coursework that you need, like anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, and the like... They will then next look at your overall coursework to see how you did overall. With your current grades, I really truly do not see any major glaring issues yet. From here on out, however, you're going to have to look at having generally good grades to bring your GPA up above 3.0. You certainly want your GPA for your core prerequisites can be as high as possible.
I know this sounds like a lot, work on it the best you can, a lot of people have not so good grades in their academic history, myself included. I made it into nursing school, and I am doing fairly well.
I think the main thing for you to concern yourself with is making sure that you know how you study in a manner that is efficient for you. I am not going to tell you how that is: what is best for me is not necessarily best for you. This is because I am coming from a completely different place. I came from a very strong background in anatomy and physiology, emphasizing biomechanics of injury physiology and the like, so I actually understand pathophysiology a bit better than some other students in my class. Specifically, I have a Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine. I have long since learned how I study best, and I can honestly tell you that incorporating new material into existing knowledge base is far easier than building a new knowledge base.
The unfortunate and difficult part about having such a wide body of knowledge already is that I have to change my way of thinking from what is essentially medical model to the nursing model. The good thing about starting nursing school from scratch, without much of a background in anything, is that you will learn the nursing model from the beginning and you'll have a better grasp of it than I likely ever will. Please do not misunderstand me in thinking that I don't know how to think about how to support the body's systems and help the repair itself, I most certainly do. It's just a different way for me to think about the body vs. how I'm used to thinking about it. So it's an extra step for me to do: think about what broke and then how the body will react to it in order to repair the damage.
I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope you are able to realize your dream of becoming a nurse. You should also realize that if you do not immediately reach that goal, it is not the end of the world rather it is the beginning of a new adventure which can lead you back to nursing school with a whole bucket load of life experience which can also help you with being a good nurse.