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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