Will I be in over my head? Advice please! - page 5

Hello Everybody! I have been using this site as a tool for years now, but didn't make my own account until today. I'm 21 years old and living in NYC. I recently applied to SUNY Stony Brook and I'm... Read More

  1. by   missnurse01
    The time will come sweetie. I know its a long road. I have been taking classes almost continually for 19 years! Just entering grad school in the fall
  2. by   ProfRN4
    NYC- where are you taking classes now? I just read all the posts (quickly) and didn't follow if you actually got into SB or are in. Community college still. If you are not in SB yet because of residency, can you file for something like an emancipated minor (I know you are not a minor), but if you've been on your own and haven't lived with your parents, and can show some proof of residency in NY (like a utility bill or anything mailed to your local address) perhaps that would suffice?

    If not, any of the CCs in that area have nursing programs as well (or in the 5 boroughs). Worst case scenario, you take as many classes as you can at the CC, and maybe by the time you are finished with those classes, you will have your residency taken care of? If not, get your AD, then do the RN-BSN at SB?

    You seem to have this unbelievable drive, and have overcome so much adversity. I wouldn't let any of this get you too down right now. I firmly believe it will all come together.
  3. by   FutureNurseNYC
    Thanks for the encouraging words, ProfRN4. I ended up taking out a loan and I am now a full time student at Stony Brook University. I'm living on campus so it's quite different, but so far I like the experience.

    Today I was slightly discouraged, or maybe upset is a better word. I have been doing very well on all of my midterms--especially my papers. Yesterday, my teacher came up to me out of a class of 250 and told me my writing was wonderful. She actually gave me a lot of extra credit, which put me well above the average class score ( I don't mean to brag, this is all just really exciting for me). However, like I said before I did poorly on one midterm, as did the entire class. The average was a 42 if I remember correctly. Anyway, I saw three answers on my test that were marked incorrect even though they were the right answers. I went to the teacher during office hours and he gladly fixed them. Out of curiosity he asked where I attended high school. All I responded with was, " My high school experience was quite different from most, and my mother wasn't the greatest teacher." He became very interested and started asking questions about my curriculum. I gave him a little information (not much) and he kept saying, " Oh, so you're at a disadvantage than most students here", or " Just do the best you can, you missed the part of your life where you were supposed to be plugged in." It wasn't the what he said exactly, it's the way he said it. He made me sound like some case he could work on, and he was very pretentious and almost condescending. It doesn't help he graduated from Yale. As silly as this sounds, I was dying for him to ask my GPA so I could tell him I was a straight A student. Every time I see him now he looks at me as if I don't understand the material he is teaching, even though I am constantly helping other student understand concepts.

    Maybe I am over reacting and being too self absorbed, but it actually made me upset.

    Anyway, sorry for ranting. I can't exactly talk to fellow students about all of this. Sometimes it's nice to come on here and just talk.

    BTW, someone messaged me, and I was unable to message them back. If you're reading this just know if I can do it, you can too! = )
  4. by   FutureNurseNYC
    I just have a quick question for anyone on here. I am thinking about taking pre-calculus online over the summer, because in the Fall I have to take calculus here. I would consider taking it in the classroom, but it's cheaper this way and I do have to work. Would anyone advise against this?
  5. by   ka1626
    I was accepted to SBU as a pre-nursing student for Fall 2013 but I am deciding to finish all my pre-reqs at another school then apply again to their School of Nursing ...But be careful because a Intro to General Chem at CC may not transfer over as their General Chem 131 at SBU. But for Pre-Calc as long as you do the HW and study , it shouldn't matter if you take it online or in class IMO.
  6. by   Fireman767
    I went to Stony Brook University from 2007-2011. Loved the academics, and living on campus, but the people were some of the stupidest, and strangest people you would meet. Many of the professors are pretentious, or feel as though they are more important than they are. Especially (if he's still there) a certain professor of the biologies who tends to fail 75% of the class with a rigorous curriculum. Just stick it out, and if you feel seriously wronged in any way, the ombubs office (outside corner of the library near old chem). Just hang in there, The school isn't as bad as it appears.
  7. by   FutureNurseNYC
    I actually love Stony Brook. I'll be sure to stay away from that Biology class, however.

    Can anyone give me some insight about what a realistic gpa is to get into most nursing programs?( preferably Stony Brook)

    After this semester, I am looking at either a 3.5 or a 3.8 if I really do well on my last two exams. I'm just so anxious. I could blow one test and ruin my chances for the program here.
  8. by   Medic/RN2B
    Quote from FutureNurseNYC
    I just have a quick question for anyone on here. I am thinking about taking pre-calculus online over the summer, because in the Fall I have to take calculus here. I would consider taking it in the classroom, but it's cheaper this way and I do have to work. Would anyone advise against this?
    I think it depends on how you learn. It is not an easy class! I am in trig/precal and I am very good at math and I am struggling. Thank god I didnt try to take this online I would have been lost! I can take many classes online..math isnt one of em.
  9. by   Fireman767
    When i applied, average gpa was about 3.8, and they only take about 1 or 2 students from SBU. Usually the students have thousands of hours of experience and are top tier students with tons of extracurriculars
  10. by   FutureNurseNYC
    One or two students from SBU? Wow. Maybe things have changed since then. I've read on a few other forums and talked to a few people here at SBU, and they said you're more likely to get into the nursing program as a current SBU student because you're well aware of how hard the classes are.

    I'm also seriously considering getting my undergraduate degree in Health Science and then going into the PA program.
  11. by   Fireman767
    Yeah, maybe it changed in the 2 years since I was there. Myself and a friend both applied to the RN accelerated program and the standard RN program. The ABSN program we were both denied into, and we were told the minimum GPA to get in was a 3.5, but average was 3.8, low of 3.7X when i applied, and the average hours of experience in the medical field were around 2k hours. FOr the standard RN program, (this is the one thats easier for SBU students to get into) the average was higher, and I think around 3.8. My friend Sean had a cum. GPA of 3.9 and was denied because he didn't have the experience to make him a "competitive" candidate, I was denied with a 3.6 cum. GPA with over 4k hours of experience. Not to mention I started up a group on campus (SBCCERT) and that wasn't enough to make me a strong candidate there.

    For the PA program, I didnt apply to it, but have some friends currently in it (my class that graduated with me, and should be graduating from the PA program this year). I know the selection process was intense, many many many people apply, but they prefer to take SBU students for it. My suggestion, get the volunteer hours (I think it was just under 2000 hours when I went there, probably still around there) They require the hours be done before you even apply to the PA program (thats what kicked back a lot of applicants). If you need volunteer hours, SBVAC (Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps) is an excellent way to get it, but you will need something more, they like to see in hospital hours (not patient sitting either, usually either patient care technician, or phlebotomy, or other things). They look over the activities you do, not just count the hours done.

    And my degree was Health Sciences, Healthcare Management. Its basically the same courses as the BSN courses, just not as focused on nursing, more on general management.
  12. by   FutureNurseNYC
    Thanks for all the detailed information, Fireman! From the sounds of it they only accept 4.0 students. I have a 3.9 now, but I think it will be slightly lower by the time I actually apply. When you said "Hours of experience" do you mean shadowing/volunteering?

    I'm also taking chem and pre-calc at Nassau over the summer. Hopefully that won't look bad on my application, but it's a lot cheaper and will speed things up. You're making me worried, however! =P

    Also, I heard they put a lot of thought into your personal letter/statement. I have a pretty out of the ordinary story, so I'm hoping that will play in my favor.
  13. by   Fireman767
    By experience i mean hands on, patient action. They sift through the hours and remove things such as patient sitting, or any other hours that dont have a real patient connection (hands on).

    As for the letter, I heard the personal statement means a good amount, but references mean more. They look more for bigger references. Not like some psychology professor, or high school counselor, but rather people like department heads, or volunteer hour managers and such. Also, the grades are important, over the summer because of proximity and cost, i doubt they would be concerned with where you take it.

    and for the story, Keep it important. I remember when i talked to the admissions there, they said they didnt need a whole life story, they'd rather hear what you learned and applied it.