George Washington University ABSN Fall 2013 - page 3

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Hi, starting a thread for GWU ABSN Fall 2013 applicants. Has anyone applied? If so, have you heard anything from admissions?... Read More


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    Mindyland, I'm hoping you can answer a few questions about the program and the Ashburn, VA area. What is the NCLEX pass rate? What is the cost of living? If I choose to attend, I'll be relocating from NY. Would you say it's easy to meet other young professionals in the area?
    Hey Almond,
    I relocated from NY, too. So far, their pass rate WAS 100%, but we were told ONE student failed (out of all their graduates from 2009) so I unfortunately don't know the rate.

    I moved here from Long Island, and I would say the cost of living is only slightly less than LI, but my boyfriend and I are sharing an apartment in Leesburg (15 minutes from the Ashburn campus) with another couple, and we're paying $1400 a month amongst the four of us. If you live closer to DC, costs are a lot higher. I don't have much (ANY, haha!) free time, so I can't really comment on much else, but we're managing with one income (although I have found many babysitting jobs that I occasionally do).

    My clinicals so far have been 40 minutes away (in Fairfax) and my second clinical is in Alexandria (~1 hour 15 minutes away) and you have no idea where you'll be, so it's really a crapshoot when deciding on where to live. It's great right now to be so close to the school itself, but later on, you're barely on campus (I think clinicals are 3-4 days per week in the later semesters).

    This area is BOOMING with new medical-type places. My boyfriend is a medical assistant and had no problem finding a job as soon as we moved here. The area is really up and coming, so, yeah, it's definitely not hard to find like-minded people in the field around here.

    I just want to say, GWU's professors are phenomenal. I researched more than you can imagine regarding ABSN programs, and one of things that I think was most important to me was the quality of the professors. Everyone is extremely compassionate about the students doing well. The program is INTENSE, absolutely, but everyone is willing to help everyone else out and the professors give you opportunities to show that you know what you're doing (and if you don't, they are available to assist you in any way necessary.)

    I'm sure you know that the school has a simulation lab, which is amazing. There is some disorganization and they're still working out some big kinks (the school is still relatively new) but overall, I am so incredibly happy to have chosen GWU.

    It's seriously tough. I've always been an A/B+ student and I'm putting in, literally, every minute that I'm not in class reviewing and studying and I'll tell you that I'm not getting As (with the exception of pharmacology). I've learned more than I could have ever imagined (and this is month three, haha) but... totally worth it.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to PM me.
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    Hello Everyone!
    I applied back early December and got an acceptance email on March 15 for the Fall 2013 ABSN program! I was just wondering if anyone knows a good affordable area to live.

    Thanks much!
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    There are a few reasonably priced apartments in Leesburg, especially if you can find a roommate. There are a few people in my class who found people renting their condos, which basically overlook the school in Ashburn. Check craigslist; this is where I found my apartment.
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    Alexandria is also affordable, but becomes exponentially more expensive the closer you get to the King Street Metro. It's also a nice area and an easy commute into DC, if that is important to you.
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    Mindylane, thank you so much for all of your posts. They have been very helpful!

    Simoniebalonie: Will you be attending GWU for sure? Where are you moving from if you don't mind me asking? I was recently accepted and just visited the school 2 weeks ago. I'm not thrilled about living in VA, but the program seems great! I'm just a little overwhelmed with the thought of finding a place to live.
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    Mindylane, thank you so much for all of your posts. They have been very helpful!

    Simoniebalonie: Will you be attending GWU for sure? Where are you moving from if you don't mind me asking? I was recently accepted and just visited the school 2 weeks ago. I'm not thrilled about living in VA, but the program seems great! I'm just a little overwhelmed with the thought of finding a place to live.
    Not a problem.

    Finding a place here really wasn't that bad at all. There are a ton of people subletting or sharing apartments. We also used this initially: The George Washington University | Off Campus Housing Search and roomsters.com to search for other people looking for roommates or for someone to sublease. Our big concern was finding someone who didn't mind sharing a place with a couple, but it really was actually painless. Ultimately, we found an apartment on craigslist, which has its own downsides, haha, but I recommend that as a place to search as well. This is from someone who came from Long Island, NY, where housing is ridiculous to begin with, so maybe my opinion is skewed, but we're already considering staying in this area when school is over (depending on where my boyfriend decides to go to school) but I think there are a lot of jobs in this area, as well! It's incredibly exciting.

    The school does a Mentorship program, during which a second-semester student will act as a mentor for the new students... definitely sign up if you decide to go to GWU. My mentor has been incredibly helpful and is always available if/when I need help with something... I'm looking forward to doing it next semester, so maybe I will meet you guys if you become students...

    I also want to add how awesome the clinicals have been. We're taking community over the summer, and we are assigned/are given as a choice as to what we want to do for these clinicals, and so far, they have some really fun and exciting things in which we can participate. I'm really happy with the program, overall.

    Best of luck to you guys. Please, seriously, message me or continue posting if you have any other questions! I wish there'd been more information about GWU's program when I was applying and would be happy to pass along any information I've got
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    Has anyone else gotten acceptance letters? I'm getting really nervous, I haven't heard anything since the initial email saying they received my application. Also, if you have been accepted would you mind sharing your GPA/background?
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    My GPA was a 3.6. My bachelor's was in Psychology (with a minor in Philosophy). I had about 4 years' experience working in a group home/as a case manager with the developmentally disabled population.
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    Mindylane, what do students do for health coverage while in the program? Does the school offer any healthcare as a student or do we have to get private insurance on our own?
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    I still haven't heard anything either. It's quite nerve wracking!
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