Greater Lowell Tech - page 16

Hi all, I am new to this site and new to nursing - hopefully! I am applying to the LPN program at GL Tech evening division. Is anyone else here going or has gone to that program? I am taking the... Read More

  1. by   allweh0pefor
    How ironic was that last night?! It was FATE, seriously. Never knew I could have such a good time in Walmart in my life..and so happy to meet someone! :-)

    Um I attempted googling the book as well as looking on Amazon. They said it was called Nursing Fundamentals Success by Davis. He also is the author of one of the other books we were required to order. So far, I don't think I've found the right one. She said they could've altered the name and the appearance of the book. We should reask when we go on Monday.

    I've been looking online for a watch too but haven't had any luck. If you find one let me know where you ordered from please?

    Oh and when I came home last night I told this whole story to my boyfriend basically freaking out and he was just sitting there like "uhhhh huh yupp you guys are crazy." He doesn't understand lol.

    Keke- I'd bring a notebook, highlighters, and a pen/pencil :-)
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Aug 8, '09 : Reason: TOS
  2. by   Silverdragon102
    can i please remind members of terms of service and not to post names of contacts/instructors etc in your nursing school

    please do not give out personal information about others. do not name names where anyone could identify the person in any facility including your nursing programs.
  3. by   Jmarie24
    Couldnt go last night...I decided what was going on presidented over bootcamp..I want to hear the students talk tonight so I MUST go!!!! Just trying to handle everything before school starts...ill see u both tonight! keke how can I find you tonight??
  4. by   HDfatboy
    Hi Suan and all!
    I am new to this site as well and I am trying to attend Mount Wachusetts I passed the test and have taken all my pre-recs. just waiting to hear if I'M accepted! I will know in sept. I had attended the voke about 7 years ago but had to drop out due to a hardship and never returned until now! and I'M SO GLAD!!!! you will do fine Susan, just study and have family support! it's tough! there are a mix of ages! The teachers are great! two of them are still there! Good Luck!
    Donna
  5. by   kekecruiser
    Hi,

    The count down is on for my final days of having a life before school begins. I have been crazy busy getting my kids ready to go back to school and to get my stuff as well. I really enjoyed bootcamp and recommend it to future students. I really learned some great test taking skills and tricks. But more importantly it was nice to meet Allwehopefor and a few other class mates that could relate to my anxiety and fears.

    Jmarie- I'm looking forward to meeting you soon.

    HDFATBOY- Love the name and I love to ride! Good luck with getting into Mount Wachusetts and good for you for continuing to follow your dreams.
  6. by   HDfatboy
    Quote from kekecruiser
    Hi,

    The count down is on for my final days of having a life before school begins. I have been crazy busy getting my kids ready to go back to school and to get my stuff as well. I really enjoyed bootcamp and recommend it to future students. I really learned some great test taking skills and tricks. But more importantly it was nice to meet Allwehopefor and a few other class mates that could relate to my anxiety and fears.

    Jmarie- I'm looking forward to meeting you soon.

    HDFATBOY- Love the name and I love to ride! Good luck with getting into Mount Wachusetts and good for you for continuing to follow your dreams.

    Good Luck ladies!
    Like I said, you really need yours FAMILIES SUPPORT:wink2:!
    you have to maintain a certain average but you can do it,
    just know that you will soon have NO LIFE for the next 9 months!!!
    But it will be worth it!
    talk to you later!
  7. by   Jmarie24
    Good luck HDfatboy!

    Keke-allwehopefor- anything on the last 2 days that stuck out as being important or nice to know?? A cab hit my car so annoying!! But ya I couldn't make last session either!!!!! I would really appreciate anything you guys can tell me- I really am sad I missed out on the past grads being there..
  8. by   kekecruiser
    Hi,

    The past grads just told us it wouldl be difficult and to find a smart person and latch on to them. lol I wish I asked them to explain what a typical day was but I just didn't think of it then. It was actually a bit chaotic and we didn't really hear anything that we didn't already know. Thats just my opinion though.

    As far as the information that the teacher gave us, I felt that was great. She gave us some good handouts and we watched a movie about how to take a multiple choice test. She did say that most of the information would be discussed in orientation so I wouldn't worry much about it. I hope that you guys are on my clinical rotation and I'm already hoping someone isn't. lol
  9. by   Jmarie24
    oh noooo keke even though we are on evenings we get split up?? Ya there is 1 person who and god love her but I really would find this person to be a distraction...I feel bad because I love people but there is always 1 in a group right? either way its what 10 more days? Thanks keke for your response..by the way if you dont mind me asking what town do you live in?? I dont know if u already mentioned that..Ok I am looking through the books now..I really like how the pharm book is written!

    oh and allwehopefor- I ordered my watch online today..shoeline.com use discount code: Gift30 to save an additional 15%.

    Keke I am soooo excited to meet you! We will have to tell each other what we will be wearing that day to find each other! Alright ladies- I just have to find a way to get a loan- My Financial aid info had to be verified so I am awaiting that. I know I am going to need a loan to help pay bills because I am lowering my hours and I work on commission not so bad when you dont have a mortgage and house stuff to pay for but unfortunately i do... I am all over the place so I will be back to check on site tomorrow or something! ((HUG)) i am scared but sooo damn excited!
    Last edit by Jmarie24 on Aug 14, '09
  10. by   allweh0pefor
    The Financial Aid Director is considering me an independent student, which is amazing and I am so thankful! But...I received the letter in the mail determining how much student aid I'll receive and what loans I'll be elligble for. Hah so I only received the minimum of $976 for a Pell Grant towards the remaining $3800 tuition. I'm elligble for a $3500 Subsidized Loan and a $6000 Unsubsidized Loan.

    I know what each loan means but IDK which loan is appropriate for me. I work as an LNA and I was going to work 10 shifts a month which I dropped to 8 which now I think I'll be dropping to just 6 shifts a month...IDK if I'm going to be able to pay my bills. I'm kind of having second thoughts on everything. My grandfather, fortunately, paid for my books and uniforms b/c if he didn't there would be absolutely no way what so ever that I could've afforded them myself. So there is absolutely no option of backing out. I'm terrified and IDK if I can do this...

    I really have no life at the moment aside from work and my boyfriend of 3 years. I legit don't hang out with ANYONE BUT my boyfriend, b/c he is my best friend, and I don't have any other friends and I'm being dead serious about that. I'm scared that I'm not going to have any time for us. I know that it's only 10 months but to me 10 months is forever. He and I have serious seperation anxiety. I refuse to forget about my social life with him. This may sound lame yadda yadda yadda but he is the only thing that keeps me going and if I don't have him in my life I literally lose my mind, I don't eat or sleep, can't think..

    I am so scared that I am not going to be able to do this. I NEED and WANT to go to school so badly. I want to be a nurse and I need this to get on my feet to get out of a friend's house and start my own life. I know some of you or some people out there will end up saying "well if you want it so bad you'll go the 10 months without seeing him". Hahahaha. That's like saying ok don't eat, drink, and sleep.

    IDK a part of me feels that some of those post grads HAD TO have done something for themselves during the day other than study 6 hours. I can't see physically studying 6 hours a day. Your brain can't possibly be able to contain all that. You'd end up burning yourself out. None of the other LNAs that I work with have any idea how intense this program will be and it kind of feels like they're putting a lot of pressure on me.

    Is anyone aware of any assistance programs to help pay for your expenses while you're attending school? Anything...
  11. by   kekecruiser
    Hi Allwehopefor,

    I wish I had some answers for you. I don't know of any other way to pay for living expenses during school other than those two loans that you mentioned.

    I have been told by another former student that this WILL consume you for the next 10 months! I was told that if you feel that the first semester is easy and you start to slack off you will never catch back up. She told me that her class started with forty students and ended with about half of that.

    I know that I am going to have to find a balance between my family and school. But I know that my family will be the ones to take a back seat for the next ten months and that is how it is going to be. By taking this course I have agreed to miss all of my kids sporting and dance events as well as all of their events at school. That sucks for me but it really sucks for my kids but they will live. My husband will be the one that will feel the brunt of school because if I am not studying, I will be playing with my kids. I am sure that there will be family time but I am aware that it will be very few and far between. I am sure there will be days when my husband and my kids hate me, but heck they will get over it!

    Just think If we start the program and then quit or fail then we are stuck with student loans that still will have to be paid, and we will have nothing to show for it.

    So spend as much time with your boyfriend now and maybe make Friday nights your date night??? I don't know but I am sure the two of you will find what works best for you. And as far as friends go...by the end of the program you will have forty friends cheering you on and hoping for the best for you.
  12. by   Jmarie24
    keke- I couldnt not have said that better..very very well said!
  13. by   sawyer12
    Hey guys......just checking in......when does the program start? I am sad that I will not be there with you so remember to post occasionally so I can live vicariously thru you!!

    allwehopefor...I have no suggestions for you regarding the $$$$...maybe you could defer the program for a year to try and save up a bit of $$ (do they even let you do that?). From what I have read on here about all LPN programs is that you will have to prioritize your life beacuse the program is intense. I am sure it will just take a bit to get into the groove and then you can figure out you work/social schedule.

    As for me....I am starting a CNA course in Sept - its 4 nites a week for 5 weeks at North Shore CC. I am happy about that because it is close to where I live. I also am taking a Nutrtion class on Saturday mornings at Norhtern Essex CC, which I am not so thrilled about because its not too close...plus it starts at 8:00am!!! But you gotta do what you gotta do. I am trying to do everything in my power now so that I will get accepted to a LPN program for next year.

    I wish you all the best and send good luck your way...post or send me an email or PM to let me know how you are doing!!!:wink2:

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