So much to do...so little time....and I'm loving it!

  1. Can you believe it? 19 years after dropping out of high school and two years after being hospitalized for bipolar disorder, I've decided I'm going to become an RN! What, you say! Can it be done? The stories and encouragement I've received on these message boards assure me that I can.

    I have to get on the ball. Registration in January 11th and classes start January 17th at my local community college. I've already turned in a FAFSA, and an application and I have found out that I am NOT eligible for a Pell Grant. So, I will have to pay for my education with student loans.

    I feel a bit like a hamster on a wheel because once I start going to school I can't stop! I'll have to earn that degree and get a job in order to be able to pay back my student loans. Anytime, I drop below 6 credit hours for 6 month (summers not included of course) the loans will go into the repayment phase and I don't have the money to repay the loans until I go to work! So, I will be in school from January 2006 until May 2009.

    Of course, I plan on taking it slow at first. I'm going to ease back into school and get all of my General Education Classes out of the way before I start RN school. That way, I'll prove to my husband, my teachers, my counselors ( college and mental) and myself that I really can do this thing! Also, it will give me time to build up a reputation so that they can write persuasive letters on my behalf that I can use to petition the board - (declaratory)

    This January I am taking Developmental Math II from 10:40 to 12:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Human Anatomy and Phys. I from 1:20 to 3:55, also on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am taking General Psychology on the internet, (boohoo, I would love to take it in a classroom, but cannot find a time that suits.) I am also taking Composition and Rhetoric (might as well get this one out of the way!)

    This will be a total of 13 credit hours for my first semester. I can't wait to get started!!! January here I come.

    BTW, I have a dear husband of 19 years, and three precious children ages 16, 12, and 8 who are ready to see me do something productive with my time. Before you say, "But wait, you are a wife and mother, you are doing something productive!" you should hear the whole story.
    Up until a couple of months ago, I would get up at 6:00 AM with the kids and see them off to school. Then, I would sleep from 7:00 AM until about 2:00 or 3:00 PM. In September I found a club called the Friendship Center. It is a house about 30 minutes from where I live and it is open from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Now, I get up with the kids, TAKE them to school, drive to the Friendship Center, spend the day there, PICK the kids up at 3:15 and drive home.

    Of course, that means that I'm not at home during the day to clean house, but, hey, I wasn't cleaning it during my sleep...that's for sure! The kids help me clean house each day after school. My 16 year old daughter is especially helpful and she promises to help me out while I'm in school. She, the 8 year old, and I can knock the house out in about an hour, excluding laundry.

    The 12 yo boy has ADHD and a BIG anger problem. He isn't very helpful around the house. His jobs consist of his room, the trash, and cleaning out the cars and those come with much prodding and threats. Also, he CANNOT be trusted to watch the 8 yo girl. He hits her and is a general bully.

    I am hoping and praying that this will change in a year and a half ( the time it will take for my oldest to graduate.) He will be 14 then and the little one will be 10. They SHOULD be old enough at that point to be left alone together when I have clinicals. I can't depend on my oldest forever. She plans to go to college too!

    Well, now y'all know about me. Tell me about your school plans.
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  3. by   Lisa CCU RN
    :hatparty: I want to welcome you to the board and say good luck with your plans. You can do it! My plan is to pass calculus, developmental psych, medical vocab, and sociology then move to Memphis to start nursing school. I thought I was going to have to live in an apartment off campus, but I received a phone message today ( while I was out of course) and I think maybe they were calling to tell me I had an apartment on campus. This will be much better because I won't have to worry about bills while I'm there. Good luck to both of us. We will be RN's someday.
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    Great news! May the Lord be with you in your journey. Welcome aboard :hatparty:
  5. by   selulion
    Congrats on your decision! I remember my moment when I decided to become a nurse...My first born was about two and a half. I stayed home with him everyday. I always knew I would go to college, I just did not know what I wanted to do. I got so tired of being home ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!!! I knew I had more to offer the world, my son, and myself. I enrolled at Southeastern in Jan. 2004 as a nursing major. Two months later, I got pregnant with my daughter. I stayed in school, though. I will finish my pre-req's in May. I will start nursing school in August. You can do it! One a more serious note, please try to get help for your son....my older brother used to hit on my siblings and me. Not an easy upbringing.
  6. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from grad2009
    Can you believe it? 19 years after dropping out of high school and two years after being hospitalized for bipolar disorder, I've decided I'm going to become an RN! What, you say! Can it be done? The stories and encouragement I've received on these message boards assure me that I can.

    I have to get on the ball. Registration in January 11th and classes start January 17th at my local community college. I've already turned in a FAFSA, and an application and I have found out that I am NOT eligible for a Pell Grant. So, I will have to pay for my education with student loans.

    I feel a bit like a hamster on a wheel because once I start going to school I can't stop! I'll have to earn that degree and get a job in order to be able to pay back my student loans. Anytime, I drop below 6 credit hours for 6 month (summers not included of course) the loans will go into the repayment phase and I don't have the money to repay the loans until I go to work! So, I will be in school from January 2006 until May 2009.

    Of course, I plan on taking it slow at first. I'm going to ease back into school and get all of my General Education Classes out of the way before I start RN school. That way, I'll prove to my husband, my teachers, my counselors ( college and mental) and myself that I really can do this thing! Also, it will give me time to build up a reputation so that they can write persuasive letters on my behalf that I can use to petition the board - (declaratory)

    This January I am taking Developmental Math II from 10:40 to 12:50 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Human Anatomy and Phys. I from 1:20 to 3:55, also on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am taking General Psychology on the internet, (boohoo, I would love to take it in a classroom, but cannot find a time that suits.) I am also taking Composition and Rhetoric (might as well get this one out of the way!)

    This will be a total of 13 credit hours for my first semester. I can't wait to get started!!! January here I come.

    BTW, I have a dear husband of 19 years, and three precious children ages 16, 12, and 8 who are ready to see me do something productive with my time. Before you say, "But wait, you are a wife and mother, you are doing something productive!" you should hear the whole story.
    Up until a couple of months ago, I would get up at 6:00 AM with the kids and see them off to school. Then, I would sleep from 7:00 AM until about 2:00 or 3:00 PM. In September I found a club called the Friendship Center. It is a house about 30 minutes from where I live and it is open from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Now, I get up with the kids, TAKE them to school, drive to the Friendship Center, spend the day there, PICK the kids up at 3:15 and drive home.

    Of course, that means that I'm not at home during the day to clean house, but, hey, I wasn't cleaning it during my sleep...that's for sure! The kids help me clean house each day after school. My 16 year old daughter is especially helpful and she promises to help me out while I'm in school. She, the 8 year old, and I can knock the house out in about an hour, excluding laundry.

    The 12 yo boy has ADHD and a BIG anger problem. He isn't very helpful around the house. His jobs consist of his room, the trash, and cleaning out the cars and those come with much prodding and threats. Also, he CANNOT be trusted to watch the 8 yo girl. He hits her and is a general bully.

    I am hoping and praying that this will change in a year and a half ( the time it will take for my oldest to graduate.) He will be 14 then and the little one will be 10. They SHOULD be old enough at that point to be left alone together when I have clinicals. I can't depend on my oldest forever. She plans to go to college too!

    Well, now y'all know about me. Tell me about your school plans.
    Congratulations on deciding to go back to school.
    I have a 21 year old (was diagnosed with ADHD and is now doing great and in school himself) and another wiggely 7 year old, I am not a spring chicken either anymore. School might just be what the doctor ordered. I get great satisfaction from academic achievement. In my case it helps me with my pre menopausal symptoms and everything that comes along with that. I would be totally depressed and also in a hospital if I didn't have school keeping me busy. You are also setting a great example for your kids. It will teach them to take some responsibility while you are in school. Good luck

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