any rags to riches stories - page 8

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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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    I have a riches to rags to riches story, well kinda... Graduated from college several years ago and landed a great job that I loved. Saved money and got myself my first apartment and treated myself to a lovely Hawaiian vacation. Fast forward a few years later and my company is hit during the recession and I am let go along with several other employees. Jobless with what's left in my savings I head back to school for nursing. During the journey, I ended up on food stamps and in credit card debt because I used it to pay for gas to drive to clinicals. All the while hoping and praying it wouldn't break down during the commute. I was grateful for the times we had to wear our uniforms because I didn't have much clothes to wear that fit due to weight gain. It somewhat reminded me of the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness," in that no one knew the struggles I was going through but I was determined to make it. I remember arguing with the lady at the County office who told me my food stamps have been cut off despite unemployment benefits running completely dry, and telling her that's ok I'm about to become a nurse and will never be on food stamps again!

    Fast forward, I am a working nurse. Paid off my credit card bills which now have a zero balance, checked my credit score and its amazingly in "Excellent" condition, built up my savings account, and currently house hunting for my first home. During the "rags" period of my life, it made me finically conscious and resourceful. But I don't miss that part of my life and I continue to believe the best is yet to come.

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    Nice story. I don't really have one...

    A fellow nursing student once told me (at the beginning of nursing school) " I should do well in this program because I don't have baggage like you"

    Baggage=my three year old

    I ended up graduating with honors, and invited in the nursing honor society....me AND "my baggage" !!
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    I left home right after high school and proceeded to screw things up for myself and my future any which way I could. I was waiting tables to make ends meet, but partied a lot of that money away leaving me with bill collectors calling and my landlord threatening to evict. By the grace of God I met a wonderful man whose support enabled me to pull myself together and take control of my life. We've now been married 10 years and have two beautiful children. I went to nursing school for LPN four years after graduating high school, then finally became an RN several years later just three months before the birth of my second child. We followed our dream of relocating to the South just last year and life is still a work in progress, but the future is bright.
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    This has inspired me I only make 1500 a month and I live in new york city with a four year old and a baby on the way my husband lost his job and we are struggling but I want to go back to school to become a RN and every time I'm ready to sign up I get scared but I know this is what God keep telling me to do his redirecting me back to school and to fulfill my dream of becoming a RN
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    Quote from feliciageorge4510
    This has inspired me I only make 1500 a month and I live in new york city with a four year old and a baby on the way my husband lost his job and we are struggling but I want to go back to school to become a RN and every time I'm ready to sign up I get scared but I know this is what God keep telling me to do his redirecting me back to school and to fulfill my dream of becoming a RN
    Do it! Apply for federal financial aid-you might be surprised what you can get (I was) ! You don't even have to be enrolled in college yet, just make sure you put down the schools you are looking at so they can send them your info. Even if you just tell yourself "I'm only going to take a class or two to start" it will get the ball rolling and you will find a way to make it work. Don't wait!
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    I am keeping this thread with me when I enter the LPN program June 2015...I am going to have each and everyone of your testimonies handy when I start. This has given me so much hope and motivation until I can burst! Encouragement and Empowering each other is what it is about! I LOVE IT! ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. Shift+A improves the quality of all images on this page.
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    Quote from feliciageorge4510
    This has inspired me I only make 1500 a month and I live in new york city with a four year old and a baby on the way my husband lost his job and we are struggling but I want to go back to school to become a RN and every time I'm ready to sign up I get scared but I know this is what God keep telling me to do his redirecting me back to school and to fulfill my dream of becoming a RN
    You can do it! I have 2 kids and am in a city and state with NO family. My mother passed away the first time I was in the program....BUT GOD!! Second chance and I am in it to win it!
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    Lots of people tell me i'm a "survivor," but I just think I'm hard headed and refuse to give up like my awesome mama.

    My mom is 100% Italian, and she met my dad, an immigrant from Puerto Rico. This is important because my moms old fashion family was totally against this, as I'm sure you all know how those old schoolers are. Well, my mom ended up not having me, but also my sister (2 yr difference) with my dad. Because of this, my mom's family wanted nothing to do with her nor us.

    My dad was an alcoholic, (still is) and used to abuse my mother. He'd go straight from work to the bars every night and come home late. He would yell, and they would fight a lot. They fought so much growing up, it was ridiculous to see. But the abuse got to a point where my mom had to leave. With no family to support us, we packed as much as would could fit in her beat down car, and lived out of it, and a hotel for 2 years while my mom finished nursing school and passed boards. This was for about 2 years.

    My mom was a single mother to us two kids throughout our whole lives. After she got her first nursing job, we moved into an apartment, and then bought a starter house, and then into a bigger house. I ended up excelling in sports and academics and earned a full tuition paid scholarship to a D1 school. I recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with my BSN and will be taking boards this week.

    I owe a lot of my dedication, inspiration and determination to my mother, who absolutely refused to quit in the face of adversity. And in Youngstown Ohio, I should not be where I am. Statistically, I never should have graduated high school. However, my mother instilled great values within me, and truly introduced me to my passion of caring for others within the nursing field. I still have very big plans for my future, and owe it all to my ma. She not only made me want to be a great professional, but also the great father that I've never had.

    I think the thing that helped me the best was like others have said, I didn't know the odds were against me. I thought how I was raised was how every other kids was raised as well. However, this led to a lot of social isolation and bullying from my peers, which is a whole other story in itself and further, a source for my motivation and drive. But I learned early on, from my mother, that it doesn't matter if you're the most gorgeous person in school, the smartest in the class, or strongest in the gym, because you have the ability to OUTWORK everyone.

    I truly am humbled and blessed to be in the position I am, and that's why i encourage and speak to as many young people as possible. Their minds are so malleable and they're so fixated on TV and the media. I would love to be a motivational speaker someday.

    well, anyway, that's my story/rant. I hope it touches anyone going through any hard times.

    Remember: Only those who are willing to risk going to far, can possibly find out, how far one can go.
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