Will I be in over my head? Advice please! - page 2

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

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    I wish I had half the determination as you. Your story is inspiring!

    As numerous posters already said, it sounds like you'll do just fine. I have no doubt you'll manage sciences well. Most people who have trouble with chemistry or physics do not have strong mathematical background, and that becomes the road block. If you did well on college algebra, you have good foundation to be successful in other math-heavy sciences as well. Even if you never studied chemistry before, the basic concepts are not too hard to grasp and a lot of it is memorization too. It's mostly application problems that peole have problem with, but it gets better with doing many many practice problems.

    I transferred from CC to univeresity for my undergrad, and it was not easy. There was a steep learning curve and I ended up changing my major. But I'm sure you'll be fine with nursing courses. Nursing curriculum is not necessrily difficult -- it's just that there's a lot of information to process and readings and projects, etc.

    I am so happy and excited for you. Good luck!!

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    I had about 2 months of high school, then nothing until I got my GED at age 16.

    Then worked for 9 years and finally went to college for the 1st time at age 27.

    No problem at all.

    I will admit the 1st time I took chemistry I was totally bewildered and dropped to not damage my GPA. The next time I took it I did fine. I had to take pre-algebra and work with a tutor briefly and then I was fine. graduated with a 3.8 GPA and worked full-time while carrying a full load during pre-reqs and nursing school.

    I am just "average" intelligence. It just takes hard work. That is all. You are way ahead of where I was!
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    3.9 GPA WOW! It doesn't sound like you will have any problems to me. College courses aren't easy for anyone. everyone has to spend many many hours studying and pulling their hair out. I think you are up to speed with everyone else if not beyond. be proud of that 3.9 not many people do that well. Good luck!
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    Not only are you persistent and internally-driven, you're literate. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for someone who can spell and punctuate. The more you said about doing the math, nutrition, etc. coursework, the less I worried about your ability to do well in nursing school or its prerequisites, chemistry included. You'll be fine with that.

    Just one small caveat: if you find yourself being too focused on minutiae, thinking you didn't learn enough even though you worked hard for the A, sidle on over to the student health folks and book yourself a session or two with a counselor to get yourself permission to be better grounded. I'd hate to see you get too far in that direction when it sounds like your goal is well in reach.
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    I dropped out of high school at age 15. Didn't finish the 10th grade. I got my GED when I was 18. Went to community college at 22 and was an A-B student. Definitely take chemistry at your community college--saves money. I think with your determination and intelligience you will do fine. I think your dream can someday be your reality. Good luck!
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    I hear your story loudly. In short I relate. I had eye problems as a kid so was placed in special ed .I adopted the belief that I would not amount to much but deeper in me lived a dream to one day be a nurse. I came to America by myself,worked 3 jobs as an illegal alien and did my GED. I n ever did chemistry in high school. What struggle teaches you is endurance which I personally believe is the single biggest factor that brought me through nursing school. I had times where I worried in college that I would never make it so I made a poster board of pictures that I felt resembles a great nurse. I use to look at it at night before bed and feel the joy of making it. In NYC and nursing I found myself and a home.When you struggle to learn ,failure is familiar but you learn from it to keep getting up and never to quit. Struggle made me a better nurse. I was so excited being a nurse I wanted to know everything. I don't mean this as bragging but so your heart will feel hope that after 1 yr of nursing I was nominated for nurse of the yearn my hospital . So it can be done!.I hear your passion,I hear you struggle and I believe in you.
    I love the line "the wounded stag leaps highest " the deer who met injury young learned to compensate by rising higher than deer are meant to jump. The first step p is the hardest ...the world or circumstance can make us believe we are stupid but that is a lie.Honor the truth,the old story of stupid must be released.It is not useful. Hard work works. Believe and I promise you will get there! Feel proud of yourself.
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    Anytime ! Remember you have a lot of school ahead of you so find a way time destress and enjoy life too.
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    I started college at the age of 39 and totally feel your pain when it comes to being scared about taking new classes. When I took my first A&P class, it had been well over 20 years since I had been in any kind of science class. I recorded lectures and learned to study. And do not be afraid of the difference between Community College and a big University. I graduated with my Gen Ed AA from a community college with a 3.875 GPA. I am currently enrolled in the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida and here's the best part, so far my GPA is a 4.0 at the University level. Personally, I find the university classes to be alittle easier for some reason. My community college had great professors that really prepared their students for continuing their education beyond community college. The secret is knowing when to ask for help. If you feel that you rely too much on your friend, go to the library on campus. There are great tutors there to help. They have seen all types of students and can find a way to help you learn the material.

    Never beat yourself up about having a different path to take to get where you want to be in life. We all start somewhere and everyone's journey will be different. Your life experiences will be a great benefit to you when dealing with patients.
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    Quote from FutureNurseNYC
    I think I'll make it out alive!
    If all you said is true, I know you'll get out alive. All the best to you, and good luck!
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    From what you posted, it really sounds like you can do it! I don't think you'll just "make" it through school, but you'll do quite well in school. You're hesitant because of your setbacks and upbringing, but now that you're away from that situation, you can thrive, and you already have made huge steps toward your goal. And, it will make you all the more appreciative of your accomplishments.

    Best of luck!

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