Quote from Cindee
I am so afraid to fail this. I am 38, havent even started pre-reqs yet. But this is all I have ever wanted to do. When I read some of these posts, on trying to get in, trying to keep grades up, has me so worried. What if I cant do this? What then? This is my only passion...but sheesh I havent been in school in over 20 yrs! I cant do the simple things like MATH! Please send me some encouragement...I cant turn back now!!
Just remember that you are not alone...I understand that going back to school, keeping the grades up, etc., are terrifying, but you can do it if you persevere. I am going to start on my Pre-reqs next Fall. That feeling of uncertainty is there, no doubt. One technique that I do is instead of worrying about those things (school, exams, grades) and going nuts over those what-ifs, I actually look forward to them -- the school, grades, exam, etc. Regarding grades, instead of thinking that I'm starting from the bottom and working my way up, I always think that I already have an A+ in this class, and it's up to me to keep it up. These two have worked well for me when I was in school going for my BA in Accounting. Since you haven't started on your pre-reqs yet, start reading some/any of those pre-req books that you think you're going to have problems with, and read some of the nursing journals so you can get a head start. I'm not sure if you're having problems with Math, but if you find yourself in that situation, your school should have a Math department and they ALWAYS have someone there who can tutor/help...take advantage of that help.
The only suggestion that I can give regarding your concern of not getting in is to keep trying, and send your application to as many schools as you can. I always believe in the saying that if there's a will, there's a way.
I hope these suggestions help you. Do your best and you'll be fine.
Take care and regards.