Bad Student!

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As a non-traditional student I worked my way up through math, science and chemistry, it seems to take forever but it's worth it in the end.

I think most colleges require a Skills Test, series of Math, English/writing, Science testing so they know where your strengths and weaknesses are.

You can do it, if I can do it you can do it, I was an average student in H.S. and didn't want to take college prep courses because I knew my parents didn't have the money for college ! Counselors back then didn't talk about Financial aid and I didn't ask !

Go For It !! and Good Luck !!:)


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Specializes in Corrections, Psych, Med-Surg.

You'll never know until you try.

live4today, RN

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Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Ditto what Stephany and Susan said. Many highschoolers goof off thinking that what they do in high school won't affect what they do in life after high school. Some of them are the worse students....think they have a looooooonnnngggg time before they have to worry about serious stuff.....they're young and want to play..soooo...they play.

Then....those who did not go to college out of high school....but decide years later to go to college because it's something they really really want to do.....those usually become the best students in a college classroom because they are more mature thinkers, and they aren't going to college because it was "expected of them to do so" by their parents.

You can do anything you set your mature mind to......I wish you all the best, TootyFruity! :kiss :nurse:


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Of course it's possible! If your GPA in HS isn't what the college requires, take the SAT or ACT (whatever that particular college requirements are) to qualify for entry. That's all it takes. Once you've been accepted, start taking your prereqs and keep up your GPA.

You can be whatever you choose to be. Good luck!


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To say I was an "average" student in high school would be the kindest thing you could say. For a variety of reasons, i was not motivated to do anything in HS besides get through it.

Many years later when I began to take pre-req's for nursing school, no one was more amazed than I with my scholastic performance.

Not only did I do well with the pre-req's...and I began with the remedial classes since I had nothing of significance from HS to fall back on...but I went on to graduate from Nursing School with a 3.97 GPA.

I know this has been said before...but if I can do certainly can too. Start small and build your confidence. You will be amazed with what you can accomplish now that circumstances have changed and you are ready to do something positive with your life.

Good Luck. I wish you all the best!


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Yup...if a university says no check out a community college to make some of that stuff up, I'm still taking high school math *lol*. Good luck!


TracyB,RN, RN

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Specializes in jack of all trades, master of none.

I have to ditto everyone else. I was not the greatest high school student, lower third of my class. It was purely a rebellion thing. But, hey, when I made up my mind to do something about it, I went to LPN school, A average, then on to the local community college. Took a class here & there, sometimes just totally blowing off classes, for various reasons. When I finally decided, that I wasn't going to settle, I got back in gear, started over at the community college, had a 2.1 average, graduated from the nursing program with a 3.96. So, it can be done. I am proof :)

YES, It can be done. I was an average student in high school. Now, I am in college and If I keep it up by the time I graduate in May 03 I will be graduating with honors. Some schools do not even look at your high school record if you are an older student and/or transfer from another college with so many credit hours. My nursing school never asked to see my high school records because I had an Associate's in Liberal arts degree.


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Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis.

I graduated at the bottom 1/4 of my senior class, much to my parents' embarassment and chagrin....I then went on....failed out of my freshman year of college. (how stupid of me...but I was not interested in school, I guess. Well, I came back slowly, beginning college at age 32 with a young child in the home and a military wife; got my A.S. and managed to work it up to a 3.38 GPA (took a LONG TIME).

Got a 4.0 in my A. A. S. in nursing. so I would say ummm YES it is MORE than possible. I did it; so can you! GO FOR IT!!!!!!

renerian, BSN, RN

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Specializes in MS Home Health.

They sure looked at mine..................(high school records and top in class to even get in with a 3.5 GPA)


I think with the shortage they probably are much looser now....


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How nice to be with peers. I was strictly a C average in HS but many years later when I went to college I was graduated with honors with 3.850 GPA. I hated HS.

jschut, BSN, RN

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Shoot~ I was really bad in high school. I even quit in the 11th grade. I finished high school finally in adult high school when I was in my early 20's.

Went back to college in '94, only to end up pregnant, so I quit.

Finally went back when youngest went into Kindergarten. She just got into 2nd grade and I am finished with Nursing school. (LPN).

My GPA isn't the greatest, 2.8, but it's do-able, and I'm happy with it. I made it through nursing school, and that's all I wanted. I guess I am average.....but I know it can be done....

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