any rags to riches stories - page 4

by futurenurseOB

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I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard time that was alleviated by... Read More


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    Yes it's refreshing to see people taking control of their situations and changing it
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    Yes it's refreshing to see people taking control of their situations and changing it
    It truly is! Nice to read some positive uplifting stories for a change.
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    I LOVE this thread! And I loved your story. Curious. Are u still married to the awesome guy u met at 17?

    Thanks for all these wonderful stories everyone. It's so encouraging to read all that u all have been through!
    Yes I am.. We Are Going on 21 Years this Year. He is My Everything.

    I just hope that if someone see's/read's my story and or others that it will give them the go to Go for It..
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    Quote from futurenurseOB
    I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard time that was alleviated by becoming a nurse. Would love to know
    I wouldn't say rags to riches quite to the extent as some stories!, wow, so inspiring! But when I was growing up, my parents filed for bankruptcy. I shared a room with my brother until we were almost in high school. I lived in a crime ridden neighborhood and we rarely had a working car. I had great parents, they did everything they could to encourage me and pushed education. I was definitely the "odd" kid at school, with clothes from the second hand store and shoes that didn't fit. My mom always told me that she wanted us to be better off then they were. As soon as I turned 16, I got a job and worked as much as possible. I saved for college. I had great grades so got into Ohio state almost for free. Only problem was, I couldn't get into their nursing program because of a C- I received in chemistry my freshman year.

    Ohio state told me I either had to switch majors or switch schools. I knew this would come at a price. I switched to a private nursing school, and accumulated about $53,000 in debt. I worked two jobs waitressing my whole way through college. I paid for my own books, car, rent, partial tuition, and never once needed help. I was the BUSY! I graduated and continued my hard work to pay off debt. 3 years later, I have almost completely paid off my debts from college. I have continued working 2 jobs so that I can achieve my goals. I want to pay for a house in CASH! I also want to help my parents retire. I am now a traveling nurse and feel that hard work has truly paid off.

    I laugh when people say, "Pff, must be nice." They have no idea how hard it was for me to get here and how much i still work! I my parents, my husband, and Dave Ramsey to thank! Masters degree, here I come!
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    It's awesome to read so many encouraging stories. I don't have a success story yet, but I feel your pain! I'm in my last semester of nursing school, I'll graduate as an RN in a few months, and as of this morning I had $15 dollars in my bank account. I worked for years, but recently quit to focus on school. I'm glad I did, but it's really tough now that my savings has run out. I'm living off credit cards that are reaching their limit. It's very stressful and I feel like I'm barely treading water to stay afloat.

    I can't wait to graduate and get back to work. Honestly, I'm scared that being a new grad will delay my employment but I'm hoping that because of my work ethic (any shift, any day, I'll relocate, I'll work all the holidays, etc) that something will turn up. To me it's not about being rich, but I'd sure like to be comfortable and breathe easy for a while. I'm a true believer that hard work and sacrifice will pay off. Not only that, it will make me (and everyone else in positions like ours) appreciate what we have even more.
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    Quote from lolaviex
    It's awesome to read so many encouraging stories. I don't have a success story yet, but I feel your pain! I'm in my last semester of nursing school, I'll graduate as an RN in a few months, and as of this morning I had $15 dollars in my bank account. I worked for years, but recently quit to focus on school. I'm glad I did, but it's really tough now that my savings has run out. I'm living off credit cards that are reaching their limit. It's very stressful and I feel like I'm barely treading water to stay afloat.

    I can't wait to graduate and get back to work. Honestly, I'm scared that being a new grad will delay my employment but I'm hoping that because of my work ethic (any shift, any day, I'll relocate, I'll work all the holidays, etc) that something will turn up. To me it's not about being rich, but I'd sure like to be comfortable and breathe easy for a while. I'm a true believer that hard work and sacrifice will pay off. Not only that, it will make me (and everyone else in positions like ours) appreciate what we have even more.
    Look up Dave Ramsey after you get done with school and get a job. He changed my life and I have since passed him along to others. Because of his book, I am now almost completely out of debt, 3 years later.
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    Hi there. I grew up in a middle-class family and left home at the age of 19, which was not by choice. I didn't have supportive parents and found myself poor, alone and without direction about adulthood and what to do with my life. I went to a trade school and became a medical assistant, which barely paid the bills. I had aspirations of becoming an RN, but lacked belief in myself, so that dream was stored away in the "unattainable" file. In my early 20's, I had a child. As a single mom things were tough. Being a mom gave me the desire to re-visit my previous goals and to put dreams into action. I completed an LPN/LVN program, which improved our lives tremendously. Being a nurse opened up many doors and allowed me to reignite a fire that had long been extinguished with regard to my education. I finally became an RN and am now looking at grad schools and plan to become an NP. What's wonderful and far more rewarding than anything else is the fact that my daughter graduated from college and is in graduate school pursuing an NP! Looking back at my life, I never, ever, thought I could be what I have managed to become. I am humbled by my travels and grateful for every opportunity that has come my way. In the midst of struggle and adversity, when things seem impossible, just keep fighting. I read somewhere early on that "tough times don't last, tough people do." If you really want to be inspired, watch "The Pursuit of Happyness." That's a true rags to riches story! Keep your chin up and continue persevering. You will get there. And when you do, always remember where you came from, reach out to people who are where you were...and pay it forward. Best wishes to you.
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    This is a awesome thread thanks to everyone for sharing these amazing stories. It makes me say I can do it and I will. I will start my RN program in May.
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    Look up Dave Ramsey after you get done with school and get a job. He changed my life and I have since passed him along to others. Because of his book, I am now almost completely out of debt, 3 years later.
    What was the title of the book? I will definitely be interested in reading it.
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    What was the title of the book? I will definitely be interested in reading it.
    "Total money makeover". He promotes common sense, family ties, and debt free living. He also has other books and a daily radio show. It really changed my perspective. Me and everyone I have given it to. My sister in law gave it to me.


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