Was anyone a not so great High School student and become a GREAT college student? - page 3

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   rgrgray
    I think you will do great!!! I was never good in high school I HATED IT!!! needless to say i got pregnant at 16 and quit got my ged a couple years later and went back to college two years ago and I have done really well! to me college is nothing like high school I am older and take it wayyyy more serious! I think you will do fine, now you know what real life is all about, bills, mortgage, car payments etc. and you know what a college education can do for you and your family. I wanted my children to be proud of me and use me as a good example " if mom can do it so can I"
  2. by   wanna help people
    My story is similar to a lot of others I have read here. I graduated in 1984 with a high B average. I almost never studied, but school just came naturally to me. I flew "under the radar" and was never labeled a nerd because I didn't try hard enough to make A's. I started college immediately after high school and proceeded to party my way to failing out and getting my MRS degree instead. I got mediocre jobs and finally after 20 years got up the courage to go back to school. (It took me 3 years from the time I started thinking about it to actually have the nerve to take the college placement test.) I am now a 4.0 student that studies every spare minute. I have just been accepted to an RN program. (I will be in the first class under this program.) I guess what I am trying to say is that if you work hard enough and want it badly, you will succeed. Follow your dreams!!
    Tracey, in FL
  3. by   TRINI_RN
    I started out highschool on the honor roll. In the 10th grade my mom and dad split up, mom got 2 jobs and as the oldest I became responsible for everyone else. I kind of just stopped caring about school, or my grades. If I hadn't done so well in the 9th and beginning of 10th grade, I probably wouldn't have had enough credits to graduate.

    Now I'm in college for the first time, I have a 4.0 Gpa with; Eng111, Eng112, Sociology, Psychology, and Bio 101 completed. I'm currently taking A&P 1 and Algebra and have an A average in those. The point is, the past is the past, only you can decide your future. Anything is possible if you put your mind, and heart to it. You CAN succeed, and there are so many people here that will help you through it. Good luck!
  4. by   jnette
    Absolutely sukked in H.S. Barely got through each year.

    I was a clown and daydreamer, and while I liked the music, arts, and languages side of school ..and our great PE program, (and did well in these) anything else I had absolutely no interest in. Ahh wait.. I liked Geography, too.. maps, countries, etc.
    And biology.. liked that, too.

    But Math, physics, chemistry, history, economics, all that "dry" stuff... BLECH!

    But once I got out on my own it was an entirely different thing. I amazed myself, but mostly my FAMILY with my sudden "brilliance".

    Straight A student from that point on. No matter what courses I took, I aced them. Maintained a 4.0 all through my nursing studies as well.

    Guess the difference lies in the fact that now you are doing something YOU want to do.. YOU are interested in, and the goals are YOURS and yours alone.

    That made a huge difference at least to me. I'm a whole lot more motivated (and therefore "smarter") when it's something I choose to persue.
    Last edit by jnette on Oct 29, '05
  5. by   michele08540
    YES- if you have the will and desire you can do it.
    Keep those negative influences away from you- don't let them know anything.
    FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and when you succeed then they will know.
    Hopefully your living situation is different now, your environment can either weigh you down or lift you up.- But you must believe in yourself first.

    Shake it off and go for it girlfriend!!!!!
  6. by   RedSox33RN
    I graduated in the 80's. HS was a rough time for me, and I graduated (barely) in the bottom 1/3 of a class of 130 or so students. I was actually placed on academic probation in my junior year, because I received more than 2 F's on my report card.

    College and nursing are important to me. Not only because I'm footing the bill, but because it is what *I* want. I KNOW I could have been a good HS student, but I didn't apply myself, and honestly, didn't have a parent that really cared (except for when report cards came out). I now have a 3.98 average in college, and truly enjoy learning. Yes, it gets tiresome, and I'm going through a phase now where I can't wait for this course to be over with (hopefully just a temporary setback, due to family problems now), but I think the important thing is that I feel this is important, and I know how to succeed. It will take hard work, and I know I can ask for help if I need to.

    You have it within YOU to fail or succeed. It may come more easily to others, but 100% of it STARTS with your mindset. Decide what you want, how you want it, and go after it. Best of luck!
  7. by   DusktilDawn
    My grades were all over the place, depending on whether or not I liked the class. Barely passed math and chemistry. Aced biology and english. The first time I went to college was to become an RPN, when I made that decision I had also decided I was going to get straight A's. That is exactly what I did. Almost had a 4.0 GPA (3.75 in psych nursing theory) when I returned to become an RN. Because this was important to me, I worked my butt off.

    Steer away from the negative naysayers. Do what you need to do to achieve your goals. There's a saying: It's the things we haven't done that we regret the most (or something similar).
  8. by   Daytonite
    Hello, emndarmic!
    Did we have the same mother? We must have passed each other on the stairs at home and never noticed each other! :chuckle My mother must have popped out from the same mold as yours. I wanted to be a teacher. All I heard from my mom was "you'll never be a good teacher because you can't even babysit for your brothers and sisters." I heard that kind of mentality all my life from her. It's negative thinking. I listen to my sister who is a duplicate copy and I can't stand to be around her for very long. Believe me, there was, not is, anything wrong with you. I love my mother, but she is a negative person and finds fault in everything. That's not a very good way to go through life. What helped for me was getting away from home and her constant berating. I progressed pretty rapidly after that.

    I went through high school doing minimal homework and hardly ever studying. When I got to junior college because I really wanted to go to college I had a very loud slap in the face as I started doing poorly. The reason was that I never learned how to study properly. But, I'm 55 years old now, got 2 AA degrees and a BSN under my belt. I've learned a few things along the way. First of all, your attitude toward school has changed. That is going to make a big difference because you are going to be willing to buckle down and do what it takes to learn and pass your classes. You have more maturity as well and are more settled in your life so you have a different view of the world than you did when you were a teenager. Unlike the young people you don't have to worry about boyfriends anymore, do you? You have to drop any resemblance of the negative attitude you might have picked up from your mom. It will hold you back. I say that because for awhile you are going to be the only one to pick you up by your bootstap and get you going. That's incredibly difficult sometimes. I had no college role model either. I was the first and only one in my immediate family who has gone to college. I know my relatives make fun of me behind my back when I do poorly at something. All it does is make them feel good and justify why they didn't go to college themselves.

    The great thing about college is that they are very forgiving of your high school grades, especially since you are a mature person (I deliberately avoided saying old). Check your school for a class in how to study. It will be invaluable to you. These classes are offered through the counseling department, usually. Ask your counselor or someone in student relations. Someone will know about this course. I outright flunked Sociology in my first year of college. I was too stupid to know enough to withdraw from the class and took the "F". I've gotten far better at studying over the years. I've found that when I'm really interested in a subject I will really go at it all the way. It's a little more difficult with the required classes in the liberal arts that you have to take. However, when it came to nursing, I was off and running with my books. Get some instruction in how to study because I think it will help you immensely.

    Going to college is a great thing for your children to see. Children learn by example. Don't be surprised when your kids tell you they want to go to college themselves. Try to get some sleep the night of January 2nd. :chuckle You don't want to be falling asleep your first day of class and giving the impression of being a party girl. :roll Best of luck to you.
  9. by   Mirai Kangofu
    I was a smart kid till middle school, when the pressure of Asian parents, having to be a constant Mom Jr. of 5 younger siblings while my parents were constantly fighting and my mom having severe issues, being the only Asian in my school, and a horrible time being bullied by classmates got to me. I rebelled and deliberately flunked my classes in attempt to escape my parents and classmates, spent my teen life depressed, sent to quack shrinks in hopes of an easy solution, and put in foster care. Things got better when my aunt and uncle took me in. They gave me constant attention, took me to some real psychologists and psychiatrists who worked with me rather than against me, and helped me turn my life around. I still got horrible grades and only graduated on time because I took weekend and summer high school classes at the local community college. In college, I got good grades because I swore to myself that I would succeed and prove everybody wrong.
  10. by   liljsmom02
    it doesn't matter how u did in high school. i was a straight A student and still continue to get A's and B's. only one problem though. i have no common sense. clinical has been difficult for me. if u want it bad enough it will be yours.
  11. by   BoonersmomRN
    Yes I was a HORRIBLE HS student.. I also was a HORRIBLE college student my first 2 tries ( parent demanded). I became a 4.0 college student once I grew up and matured. I was a wicked smart student K- 8th grade and only slacked off in HS due to a rivalry with my older sister.. I was STUPID. Now...many years later( graduated HS 91) I have my act together.
  12. by   CrunchRN
    Yep - worked my butt off in college. That is what it takes. Graduated with a 3.7 GPA after not even finishing 10th grade and getting a GED.
  13. by   tlhubbard
    I wasn't a BAD student, but I NEVER needed to study and could pull B's. I had to learn to study in nursing school at the age of 28. WHEW!!! That was interesting. I did very well in nursing school.

    I do find that I do MUCH better in classes when I have an interest. I really stunk at history in high school (because I HATED it).

    I think your interest in your classes makes all the difference in the world in your ability to take in the info and use it.

    Good luck!!

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