I have been reading some of the posts and threads about classes you people are taking in the fall. I have been at CC already three years and don't want this to keep dragging out. My four year BSN is now taking me six years and my hubby is wondering if I am making college my permanent career?!
Anyway, I have enrolled in A&P, college algebra, World liturature, and govt. I have made up a generic schedule to make sure I will have enough time to study for each of these classes. I used the guideline of two hours for every hour spent in class. If I stick to this schedule, I should be able to do it. I know that I will obviously spend more time on A&P and algebra than on govt and lit. The only time I can study is between classes until 3:00 Monday - Friday, and some on the weekend. Once I get home after school, I'm in the car with the kids driving all over Dallas to various soccer practices. We get home around 9:30 and we still have to eat dinner. I do take my books with me everywhere we go so I can study while I'm waiting.
It sounds like it will take much more than the recommended two hours for each hour spent in class for A&P. I have had gen. biology so I am familiar with the basic concepts - Did most of you find that it took all of your time?
Another reason I scheduled things this way is so that I can get adjusted to a heavier workload - because I have been told that in nursing school, you don't have a choice; you just have to do it. I can't afford to get dropped after all the time I've already put into it! I know I must sound like a worry-wart; I'm not, I just want to be realistic.
Thanks in advance for your input.
Jul 16, '02
It's encouraging for the nice people here to say "you can do it!", but only you know what you're capable of. I've already taken A&P 1&2, and I had to spend a lot of time on my studies. If a "C" is all you want, maybe you can juggle all thoses classes and be a full time mom also. How important is it for you to keep going to soccer practice? Maybe you could get someone else to take your kids, while you study. This is your future you're talking about, and I wouldn't keep on dropping courses. It doesn't look good on your transcripts, and this may be a deciding factor to whether you get in to a program later on. Regardless of any excuses, they frown on withdrawels from a class. To the admissions board, they may wonder if you would drop the nursing program if it became too tough. I have an older lady that I tutor in A&P, free of charge, that goofs around and don't study as much as I think she should. Just like tonight, she will expect me to go over the chapter, and explain everything about the nervous system. She's out for several days goofing off in the evenings, and then wants me to teach her everything in one night so she can make a dern "C" on her tests. I'm an "A" student myself, and I study every chance that I get. If a person is a dedicated student, they won't have much "spare" time. I hope that I haven't offended you, I'm just being honest. The more you put in, the more you'll get out. What kind of student do you want to be?
*edit* I went back and read some of the posts on this thread again. Several of you women suggest to tell the "hubby" to be patient. Well in my case, I'm the hubby, and my wife brings in the bacon while I'm going to school. My job at this point is to do my best at school. I'm currently holding a 4.0 average, and I work my butt off to keep it. There's been several times on the weekend that my wife and daughter would have to go shopping without me, because I was stuck here studying A&P. I don't mean to sound harsh, but if your job is to be a student, be a great one. Your hubby deserves your best effort.
Last edit by darby1 on Jul 16, '02
Jul 16, '02
I appreciate your viewpoint very much. Hector and I were talking about that very thing this morning. I think I may have given the wrong impression of him. He is more than supportive. His thing is that he doesn't have a problem with me studying,it's just that he was hoping that I'd be further along by now. When I drop classes, it only delays my progress and delays my getting a job. I am willing to work while attending school but I'd really have too much on my plate. I am a very good student and very determined and diligent. I guess I need to be patient with myself. I have made a promise to myself that I will not drop a class this semester even if it means I have to accept a B in something. I'm learning that it is more important to keep going than to try to keep everything perfect. My kids have made a committment to me to help as much as possible(I have great kids) by cleaning and getting dinner started when they get home before I do. Some friends have suggested that the kids let go of some of their activities, but that would not be fair to them. They have worked very hard and have achieved many honors and awards and want to use these resources to get into college. And just to state again, we do have a lot of help with carpools, it's just that we have so many kids that we have to work with. My other half is working more now so he's not available to drive unless I drop someone off with him on the other side of the city.
Gosh! It sounds like I'm doing an awful lot of complaining. Sorry, I didn't intend for this to be a gripe session.
I know that God is leading us and He will continue to give us the strenghth and resources to get this done. I really give Him all the glory for all we've accomplished. He will see us through to the finish! My confidence needs to be in Him.
God Bless this cyberfamily!!
Last edit by Debbie5 on Jul 23, '02