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Hi Triple A's,

I'm really doing a lot of work to give myself a chance. I'm submitting my latest transcripts in addition to new letters of recommendation. I'm also relying on faith.

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Honeycutts, that is great to hear, don't lose faith. Like I said to Villa, we will all look at this in the fall whle trying to make sense of Fundamentals :wink2: and laugh.

I sent you a PM did you receive it?

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Hi everyone! Vila, Honeycutts, Lily---

I went to the midwife yesterday. She loved, loved Downstate. Several of my neighbors (with cars!) go to Bronx CC or school in NJ or Rockland county-- they all really like their programs. There are other good options. If you are sure you want to start a program right away, I strongly encourage you to go for it.

I do want to encourage you to "keep the faith". Last year, this is the same week that I received my wait-list letter. It seems that they are a a little further behind this year (just from what was reported here) in the sorting process. Do take the time to figure out what you really want to do.

What I find hard about this process is that it's so late in the year! How can we plan?

Lily-

Thanks for your suggestion about not having her write it in my file. Since part of the essay for everyone asked about how you plan to make nursing school work for you, I think it's a fair question for them to ask me about. I don't think they can legally bring up the pregnancy per se, but the message boards here seem to indicate they ask you a lot about what's in your essay. Even though I do have family who will be willing to help, particularly with my older kids, I'm going to mention my plan to hire a full-time nanny.

Best wishes to all of you.

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Meytal,

That's so great you're seeing a Midwife. I'm a Doula and I'm training as a Birth Assistant at the Brooklyn Birthing Center and all the midwives attended Downstate.

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hey ladies,

just wondering whether or not you plan on working while in school this fall. If so will you be working PT or FT? I am debating whether or not I should quit my job next year since going PT is not an option, what are your plans?

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Triple As, I just want to say thank you! Yes I can definately see the Lords faithfulness throughout this whole process.. I really have to stay still and know that He is working throughout this. Honeycutts, I also see what you mean about the 3 years, and I agree. I would love to just apply to other schools, but I have capped my limit. I can't anymore, economically for me at this moment its just not fesible. This is the first time I am applying to BI, but this is my second round of applying to nursing school. I really messed up during my undergrad years, and I have done well during my grad years and my pre-reqs, as well as having experience in the healthcare field under my belt.. unfortunately not all that gets taken into consideration when you are compared to other students who have done well all along. Hence why my plan b would be the doctorate. Like I said before, I would love to just get accepted so I can give up my job, and be entirely focused on school as well as on my little ones. The last email I got from our angel said that there are more slots in the 3 year program. Lord I don't know what is ahead for any of us, but I just ask that you give us strength and the confidence to know that we are safe in your hands.

chao ladies! ~villa

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Hi guys!

Just got back from my interview. Although I still looooove the school, and love every single person that I've met there-- students and staff-- I'm not sure the feelings were mutual.

They asked me lots of questions about classes that I did poorly in. (My admissions story is that my NLNs are very strong, but my grades are mixed.) They also asked a lot of questions about family commitments, even when I'm due to give birth. The lady who gave me the tour asked me all the personal questions again, including how old my older kids were!

The honest truth is that I chose to have kids before I even had educational goals. Then, I chose (and was blessed to have the option!!!) to be there for my kids as much as possible. I valued that above doing well in school. I don't think that the choices I made are good or bad, they were just the choices I made. And I "chose" to get a "D" in A&P at Hunter. A lot of parents wish they could stay home with there kids as much as I have been able to. This was not without it's own sacrifices (mostly financial), but it's what I chose to do.

Now, I'm choosing to get a full-time nanny and go back to school. I'm choosing to make excellent grades. ugh. Why won't they just take me!?!

ok, enough whining-- onto the info sharing:

The interviewer (with the hyphenated name) told me:

-The comittee is meeting Tuesday, they will have answers next Wednesday.

-There is still time to fill out the financial aid packet.

-There are many more slots (20? 30?) in the 3 year still vacant than in the 2 year (5?)

-You can switch from the 2 year to the 3 year mid-first-year (that wasn't clear to me perviously)

-They are doing lots of things to help their graduated get jobs right out of school, advanced training, certification, etc.

-They are running warm-up classes at night, all summer, to prepare those who need it, or think they need it

By my calculations, they still have another round of interviewees to call. (She said her and another interviewer, 4 per day, made calls on Monday, at least 35 slots in the traditional programs, more in the ATOP, night and weekend) Don't give up!!

Best to all of you.

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Meytal, thanks for the recap.

What happened or was said to you that makes you feel like the feelings are not mutual?

Were you interviewed by the assistant Dean?

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I was interviewed by the assistant dean. I'm horribly afraid that she liked me more on paper. I just felt that I was a bit out of step with her...it was primarily an informational interview (from their end). When she would about one of my stronger areas, I'm afraid I ended up minimizing some of my volunteer work, rather than explaining it. I volunteer 5-10 hours a week (usually at night) around my community. I run a small free-loan group where I distribute specialty feeders and pumps to mothers and babies who are having trouble with breastfeeding. I coordinate with meal-on-wheels to make sure that elderly people in my building are checked in on every day. On the weekend, I'm the one who everyone calls to find out if their kid needs to see a doctor, or if it can wait until Monday.

She told me that I can write a letter to the admissions committee explaining away any bad grades. I don't really have a simple, compelling explanation. I just didn't try hard enough.

I'm having a hard time un-telling the story: "once upon a time, there was a woman who never finished anything...":no: That's really not my story, but it is what my transcript implies.

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:o i'm so sorry meytal, that your feeling so bad! i think you should write that letter. address the fact that you made mistakes and you are trying to fix those mistakes.during that time your family needed you and you made the family choice. the choice you made shouldn't be the one things to define you as a protential student. in the end let them know everyone makes mistakes! it is what one does after the mistake that truly defines their character and state of mind! keep your head up sweetie,remember this isnt the end..but only the beginning:):up:

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Meytal,

don't count yourself out yet. I was interviewed by the same person and I distinctively remember her sayin that they look at the application as a whole. From previous postings made last year, it was said that once you're interviewed, you are basically a shoe in.....so don't get discourage.

Wishing you well,

Alex

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Hey Meytal, I don't think you should feel down. I think (and hope!) Triple As is correct about the interview being a very close step to being accepted. If you have already explained your family issues in your essay, then they knew already, but probably just wanted to really make sure that you can deal with all your commitments.

I would write the letter though. You have good reasons, that I imagine the mainly female committee will empathise with.

The lady who interviewed me said specifically that this year they are extremely concerned with grades and NLN , more than anything, as apparently in the last few years their failure rate for the RN Exam has gone up, which looks bad for the school, so they really want to ensure that everybody admitted will pass.

Alex/Triple As, I think it was you who asked about working. I am not sure yet. I am a little superstitious about thinking too much about what I will do, until I am sure I am in, but I probably will look to mainly focus on studying if possible, and hope my lovely husband doesn't mind ;-) !

Good luck

Lily

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