My journey of Being Denied, Waitlisted, and Now Starting Nursing School!

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    I have faced many obstacles since starting college, however, I have learned from them and continue to grow. Here are some of my experiences I have faced and where I am now. This article is intended for all to read but especially for those who need a reminder of how wonderful they truly are. Nursing is a challenging career and the journey to get there to get there can be even worse. No matter what, never give up on your dreams of becoming an excellent Nurse.

    My journey of Being Denied, Waitlisted, and Now Starting Nursing School!

    Hello Everybody!

    This is my first time posting on allnurses, so please bare with me. I'm currently a Junior at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) majoring in Nursing. I want to share some of my Pre-nursing experiences and obstacles with everyone to show that they are not alone and anything can happen with a little bit of faith.

    My Freshman and Sophomore year were amazing and I received so many amazing opportunities. My biggest problem was that I was so consumed in my job and extracurricular activities, that it took a toll on my grades.

    I applied to the professional Nursing program in winter 2016 of my sophomore year. If i got accepted, I would begin the professional nursing major Fall of 2017 and graduate spring 2019. For my college admissions process, they look at our grades, work experience, volunteer activities, and a personal written essay. Sadly, not everyone can be accepted and many people get denied. I got denied my first try because of one of my grades in my science classes. It was very hard for me to take it, however, I tried to think of it in a positive way and learn from it.

    Luckily my school allows people to apply each semester. I decided to apply again that summer 2017. If I got accepted I would begin the professional major Spring of 2018. I found out a week ago that I wasn't accepted nor denied. Rather I was placed #4 on the waiting list. Initially, I didn't know how to take this. I felt a variety of emotions like defeated, embarrassed, and ashamed. Later that week I heard from some of my friends that they were directly admitted and I was so happy for them, but it didn't make me feel better.Then I began to hear from some of my friends who weren't accepted. As much as this upset me, it defiantly made me reflect upon my fate. Even though it sucks I'm on the wait list, things could have been way worse (like not getting accepted again). I talked with my advisor and she said I have nothing to worry about and #4 is really high on the list. Every semester people miss deadlines or change their minds which opens up spots for people on the waitlist.
    My second time applying to the major I applied to UWM and another college for backup. There's no way I would risk not getting in again and having to be put back a whole year. I decided to apply to Columbia College of Nursing (CCON) which is another amazing Nursing college. For their admissions process, you have to pass the entrance HESI-A2 Exam with an 80% or better and pass all your classes with C's or better. I ended up passing and I recently received news that I was accepted to their college!

    As of now, I technically have two options to go to for school. Ideally I would love to go to UWM, however, I always will have CCON for back-up. Hopefully I receive a call from UWM soon and if I do, I will update this post!! I guess I'm writing this post for people who are doubting themselves right now. Nursing is a challenge to begin with and especially the journey to get there. No matter what your journey, don't ever give up on your dreams of becoming a Nurse (this goes for me as well). It doesn't matter if it took you one time to apply or multiple times. No matter what, you will graduate and become a wonderful Nurse. Keep your head up and know you are never alone. We may not know each other on here, but we all share the passion of being or becoming wonderful nurses. We are here for you!
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 14, '18
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    Hi I'm Alexa and I attend The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I'm currently a Junior majoring in Nursing.

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  3. by   AnnaRose
    Thank you for sharing your story. Congrats on your acceptance into nursing school! I was wait-listed for two schools, and I'm figuring out what my next steps are. Good luck on your journey
    Last edit by AnnaRose on Nov 16, '17 : Reason: typo
  4. by   Kymsdaone
    Thanks for sharing! God Bless!! Good luck!!
  5. by   Adrianaboydlewis
    Can't wait to hear what you decide!!!!
  6. by   2bmedicnurse.rudy
    I love this post! Since I myself encountered this before. I was in a position where I could not seem to get a break in getting accepted to nursing school. It was about a year and a half wait until I finally got in. So now in January 2018 I will start my first semester. I am blessed and happy to say that I will be starting soon. I'm glad to hear that you got in! Shows that hard work and patience will bring reward!
  7. by   alexauwm
    I'd just like to let everyone know I got the call last week for UWM and I'll be starting the program starting this January! Thanks for all the love and support
  8. by   alexauwm
    I'd just like to let everyone know I got the call last week for UWM and I'll be starting the program starting this January! Thanks for all the love and support
  9. by   Kymsdaone
    Congratulations!!! Good luck with everything!!
  10. by   SouthpawRN
    Now someone on the CCON waitlist is as happy as you are....