I drove to NIU to take the exam but I did not observe any nursing classes. Just be aware that there is hardly any parking near NIU so you'll likely have to park a few blocks away and walk to the testing building, which is pretty small.
I'm currently not working so I can focus solely on my grades, since GPA is the only thing NIU looks at besides the accuplacer score. I also just finished recovering from wrist surgery. However, next semester I plan on volunteering at the hospital and possibly getting a job to save for nursing school
--it'll depend on how hard my classes are next semester.
I am a bit nervous about getting in as well. I have a 4.0 in prereqs and a 3.9 accumulative but I still have microbiology and human biology left for next semester and since it's competitive and so many people apply there might be a lot of people who have gotten all A's in prereqs AND have all their prereqs already completed. I hope that's not the case.
I talked to one of the nursing advisors and she said it's more competitive for transfers since they accept less transfers but she also said transfers do get accepted into the program while still working on a few of their prereqs--but to remain a competitive applicant she said you'll need to have mostly A's.
So for me, nursing is the perfect fit. I originally thought of going to med school but there were a thousand reasons I could think of as to why med school wasn't for me (time, money, lifestyle, etc.). When I try to think of reasons why nursing school isn't for me, I can't really think of any!
I love helping people. I love making people feel better and it will be great helping them in one of their most vulnerable times. I've been in and out of hospitals a lot (because of my family) and I've seen what nurses do up close and it seems like a job I would love to do and be good at.
I love science as well. I love learning about the anatomy and physiology of the body. In nursing school you learn a ton about diseases and it will be interesting to actually have patients who have a disease or condition that you've been studying about in class, and to be able to understand the pathophysiology of what's going on inside their body and piecing together your knowledge to help them. Additionally, I want to become an anatomy and physiology professor eventually but I want to have real clinical experience first so I can incorporate my clinical experience into my lectures. But even when I'm a professor I think I'll still want to work as an ICU or ER nurse once a week because it's such an amazing job to have.
What about you? Why have you decided to apply to nursing school? What makes you want to become a nurse?