Was anyone a not so great High School student and become a GREAT college student? - page 2

Hello, I am getting ready to start my pre-reqs January 3rd. I am actually nervous about starting. When I was in High School ( I graduated in 1990) I wasn't a very good student and was never "Made"... Read More

  1. by   SandraJean
    :kiss Go for it! You know what you want more than anybody else does. Do it, even when afraid!
  2. by   bethg5
    I honestly believe people shouldnt attend college until they are between 25-35 (I am not saying that young one can't succeed ). My classes are loaded with fresh out of highschool students who's main concern is at least getting a C. I truly believe that highschool grades don't reflect how smart someone truly is. There are so many things that affect highschool students and how well they do in school--Crappy teachers, girlfriend/boyfriend, peer pressure, socializing, partying, and family life. I think once you have life experience and you have matured you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. I certainly wasn't a good student in highschool and right after highschool I was a poor college student. So I dropped out. I am now returning at the age of 30 and I have maintained a 3.9 gpa. I think our responsibilities in life change who we are by maturing us and setting goals for ourselves. I also think we learn what it means to truly study! Good luck!
  3. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from emndarmic
    Hello,
    I am getting ready to start my pre-reqs January 3rd.
    I am actually nervous about starting. When I was in High School ( I graduated in 1990) I wasn't a very good student and was never "Made" to do anything by my parents. I was the only one who Graduated out of my family, my Sister quit school at 18, my Mom quit in the 10th grade to get married to my Dad (not married now though) and who by the way made it to 7th grade w/ out learning to read or write anything more than his name. I don't want this to sound like a sob story that's not what I am trying to do here. My problem is even though my GPA was only 1.777 I have a huge desire to become a Nurse. You have to have a 2.0 at least to be admitted into the program, they said I can make it up in course work before then. I have wanted this since my Daughter was born in 1996, I got to see upclose and personal what an OB Nurse gets to do and I soooo bad have wanted it all these years, 2 more children later here I am, I watched them as I delivered my next 2 sons, the feelings I get to even watch Birth Day on Discovery Channel is pure delight, I get teary on those T.V. shows and always say out loud "I want that", I have the desire to do it no matter what anyone else says,

    I get negative vibes and comments from Mom like, " Are you sure you could handle being a nurse? What if a baby would die on you", things like that discourage me, I think of things on the flip side, what if I can help a little one or an older Lady with daily activities, she sees the sad or gross as she has put it before, and I see the beauty. I realize it is not always wonderful, but I want to make a difference in my life as well as patients. I have a great husband and 3 wonderful kids that I want to make a good life for too. As I told my DH yesterday and got the death look, "Once I become a Nurse, they could put me on 2nd shift and I wouldn't even care", now that's desire to become a Nurse (Tee Hee Hee). I think my Moms probem is that I am stepping out and wanting something out of my life unlike what she has done, by the way my Mom and Sister are stay-at-home mom's (me too, but I don't want to do that forever like my mom has done) they have no desire to get out and work nor does their Husbands care if they do or they don't

    My fear is w/ a GPA of 1.777 is that I won't be smart enough to make my dream happen. I can't start my program until Fall 07', so I will have all my AP's and Microbiology all the hard classes out of the way (I know there is still gonna be hard ones, but the way we have it set up now is first quarter the only thing I have to take is Foundation of Nursing and that is it, then 2nd quarter will be Foundation of Nursing 2, 3rd quarter will be Foundations in Womens health and Children then the 2nd YEAR I will have to take it all except for Sociology which I will have already taken, does this seem possible for a person like me?) . I had a boyfriend all through High School and never took things seriously, I never never never studied because it would take time from him, never took my ACT's or anything that I would ever need for College, always thought I would be at home just like Mom (not that there's anything wrong w/ that, I've been at home w/ my kids for almost 10 years, now my desires have just changed).

    I'm sorry this is so long, but I can't discuss these fears w/ anybody else for I am embarrassed of my grades.

    Has anyone had a low average like that and still made a go of Nursing, or do well in AP like you never thought you could or Algebra ( I stink in math too). I am going to post this in another place too so maybe I can get a lot of feedback and get some self confidence about myself. My DH, Sister and Dad are very supportive of me (Sis bought me scrubs already as an incentive, so that was cool). Thanks in advance. Have a Great Weekend..
    I've always been a good student, struggled with math.
  4. by   emndarmic
    Thanks guys for all your help, it helps to know someone else has been where I am and is making it through it. My dream is to be on the honor society too, hmmm I think that is going to be my first goal of college. Thanks again!
    Amy
  5. by   dettwiller5
    I graduated from high school in 1986 with a gpa close to yours. I always knew that I was smart but juat wasnt motivated. After a married and had a child I decided to go fo my degree. I was 26 when I started and graduated 3 years later manga cum laude with a double major in HEalth Education and Sociology. I graduated in 3 years with what should have taken my 5 years to acheive. I was determined to get my degree as soon as possible so I took tons of classes at once and went through every summer also taking classes. I taught school for a while then decided that I wanted to go into nursin. I am 37 now and will be entering a nursing program in January. I have no doubt that I will be successful! You can do it! Dont let anyone, especially yourself, tell you that you arent smart enough!
  6. by   prinsessa
    I wasn't too good of a student in H.S. I didn't even think of going to college. It wasn't that I wasn't smart enough....I just didn't care. I worked for a couple of years after graduating and I saw how hard it is to make it without a college degree. I decided to go back part time. I love school now. I think part of it is that I have a reason to go now. I also have two kids and don't plan on being a SAHM forever. I think I had a 2.3 GPA in H.S. Now I have a 3.8. You can do anything you set you mind to. My dad tried to discourage me from college like your mom is doing. He told me that it would be a waste. I think he was upset that he never did anything with his college diploma. Now he is more supportive. My mom is my biggest supporter though. Good luck!
  7. by   Catsmeow
    hehe, I was a horrible student in High School (graduated '90), but it doesn't affect anything anywhere, thank the Lord. I can't even recall my GPA, I may not have ever bothered to even LOOK! As, Bs, Cs, Ds! I was all over the place depending on mood/if I liked the teacher/if peers were jerks or nice, if my friends were being cool or rotten, etc! One thing I have to be grateful about with aging is the solidity it's brought me. Now I only focus on learning.

    I've A's in college now. It's all about what you put into it, how highly motivated you are, and how well you keep the motivation going (getting to every single class, completing all asignments on time, studying for tests). At age 33 my motivation is 100% different than when I was 16. Aside from my kiddos schools the most important thing in my life to me, and I'm enjoying it tremendously. I think you'll do wonderfully.
  8. by   Shannon RN 2be
    Hi emndarmic,
    I graduated high school in 1993. I did horiable in high school. I graduated with a .0.176 GPA. If you do the math thats a D to F average. I was dealing with RL family issues and did not want to go to school so I didn't. My sophmore year I actually ditched more classes then I attended.

    I got married right out of high school and had 3 babys right away. I have been a stay at home mom with working off and on for almost 12 years. I started going to college last spring and I LOVED it. Right now I have a 3.5 GPA I am working on a 4.0 but I am happy with my grades so far. I have always wanted to be a nurse more then anything else in the world.. (besides being a mom ofcourse.) I am so excited to be going to school to be a nurse and can't wait till I can get into a program. I think that if you WANT to do it bad enough you will find a way to do it!! Don't let anyone talk you out of your dream of being a nurse!!
    Hugs :icon_hug:
    Shannon
  9. by   CseMgr1
    I was so-so in High School, graduating in '69 with a C average. Did lousy on the SAT, too. Like a lot of others in here, I didn't start making decent grades until I went to Technical School and got my L.P.N., followed by college and Nursing School. I made the Director's List two out of the last three quarters I was there, graduated in the top ten of my class and made the highest score on the Boards among my classmates for the year 1981. Not bad, considering that I never passed high school algebra!
  10. by   KatieBell
    Quote from emndarmic
    Hello,
    I am getting ready to start my pre-reqs January 3rd.
    I am actually nervous about starting. When I was in High School ( I graduated in 1990) I wasn't a very good student and was never "Made" to do anything by my parents. I was the only one who Graduated out of my family, my Sister quit school at 18, my Mom quit in the 10th grade to get married to my Dad (not married now though) and who by the way made it to 7th grade w/ out learning to read or write anything more than his name. I don't want this to sound like a sob story that's not what I am trying to do here. My problem is even though my GPA was only 1.777 I have a huge desire to become a Nurse. You have to have a 2.0 at least to be admitted into the program, they said I can make it up in course work before then. I have wanted this since my Daughter was born in 1996, I got to see upclose and personal what an OB Nurse gets to do and I soooo bad have wanted it all these years, 2 more children later here I am, I watched them as I delivered my next 2 sons, the feelings I get to even watch Birth Day on Discovery Channel is pure delight, I get teary on those T.V. shows and always say out loud "I want that", I have the desire to do it no matter what anyone else says,

    I get negative vibes and comments from Mom like, " Are you sure you could handle being a nurse? What if a baby would die on you", things like that discourage me, I think of things on the flip side, what if I can help a little one or an older Lady with daily activities, she sees the sad or gross as she has put it before, and I see the beauty. I realize it is not always wonderful, but I want to make a difference in my life as well as patients. I have a great husband and 3 wonderful kids that I want to make a good life for too. As I told my DH yesterday and got the death look, "Once I become a Nurse, they could put me on 2nd shift and I wouldn't even care", now that's desire to become a Nurse (Tee Hee Hee). I think my Moms probem is that I am stepping out and wanting something out of my life unlike what she has done, by the way my Mom and Sister are stay-at-home mom's (me too, but I don't want to do that forever like my mom has done) they have no desire to get out and work nor does their Husbands care if they do or they don't

    My fear is w/ a GPA of 1.777 is that I won't be smart enough to make my dream happen. I can't start my program until Fall 07', so I will have all my AP's and Microbiology all the hard classes out of the way (I know there is still gonna be hard ones, but the way we have it set up now is first quarter the only thing I have to take is Foundation of Nursing and that is it, then 2nd quarter will be Foundation of Nursing 2, 3rd quarter will be Foundations in Womens health and Children then the 2nd YEAR I will have to take it all except for Sociology which I will have already taken, does this seem possible for a person like me?) . I had a boyfriend all through High School and never took things seriously, I never never never studied because it would take time from him, never took my ACT's or anything that I would ever need for College, always thought I would be at home just like Mom (not that there's anything wrong w/ that, I've been at home w/ my kids for almost 10 years, now my desires have just changed).

    I'm sorry this is so long, but I can't discuss these fears w/ anybody else for I am embarrassed of my grades.

    Has anyone had a low average like that and still made a go of Nursing, or do well in AP like you never thought you could or Algebra ( I stink in math too). I am going to post this in another place too so maybe I can get a lot of feedback and get some self confidence about myself. My DH, Sister and Dad are very supportive of me (Sis bought me scrubs already as an incentive, so that was cool). Thanks in advance. Have a Great Weekend..
    I have not read all your replies- but I did want to encourage you. I was not a good student in High Scvhool (I went to a private school and was not quite an egghead.) I really struggled, and in my first degree in college, I found biology incredibly difficult and made a C and I struggled with math as well. Then I decided to become a nurse. you can bet people were to say the least surprised..I was very worried about the A and P classes and such. I ended up being tops in A and P and graduated with honors from the program. Haven't looked back since. I think the change in maturity really helped me to complete the nursing program. I had a much more defined goal with the nursing degree than I had in college the "first time". I'm still glad, though that I have my other college degree. I got to take a lot of very interesting classes that I would not have had time to do in a nursing program...

    I'd bet on you being able to do surprisingly well.
    lots of good wishes!!!
  11. by   KatieBell
    Oh I totally meant and forgot to add:

    Check out your schools student services offices- they may be able to help you with study tips, which could turn you from a good student into a Great one.
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Yes. I was flunking out of high school, hated it, so I dropped out. A few years later, I got a GED. I was also raised in a family where college, life goals, etc. were never mentioned. This was in the 1980s.

    I graduated in 2000 with my AAS in Nursing-

    I graduated Phi Theta Kappa and was valedictorian of my nursing class.

    I am the only person from my immediate family to ever graduate from college.

    I achieved my goals without any financial help, and with nothing but disapproval and discouragement from my family.

    Today, I am the "big deal" in my family. They also consider me to be the "rich" one, lol.

    You can do it!
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Oct 28, '05
  13. by   bluestar
    Average high school grades. Went to college as an adult, took it very seriously, did very well.

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