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    Hi, I'm a freshman at Widener University. Recently, I've decided that I want to pursue nursing instead. I initially wanted a career in nursing, but ended up going down a more traditional path instead, which was a mistake.

    Widener has a nursing program, but it is very expensive and 3yrs in that program will put me under a lot of debt. I took some courses at DCCC during high school and think it's a fine school, with great location.

    I know it's a bit late, but would it still be possible for me to enter their nursing program in the Fall. I have not taken the NET test yet, but plan to take it as soon as possible.

    My current coursework/credentials:

    1360 SAT (710 Math / 650 Verbal)
    4.0 High school GPA
    3.5 GPA at DCCC
    3.56 GPA at Widener

    DCCC Courses:
    American Gov
    American His

    Widener Courses:
    Eng Comp 1
    International Relations
    General Biology and Lab
    General Chemistry and Lab

    Next semester at Widener, I'm enrolled in the following courses:

    Intro to Psychology
    Intro to Criminal Justice
    Into to Sociology
    English Comp 2
    200lvl political science course
    300lvl political science course

    Is it a realistic goal to attend nursing school by the fall semester? Also, the two political science courses aren't much use to me at this point, should I replace them with a course more relevant for nursing?

    I appreciate any advice or information on the matter. I'm determined to enter nursing school, hopefully starting next fall.

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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    Seriously, about the FBI thing, check it out. My bro is an accountant and was recruited by the FBI, until they realized that he's got the vision of Elmer Fudd.

    Best of luck to you, jromano.
    Thank you for the kind wishes. Now that you mention it, I'm not quite Elmer Fudd but my vision isn't perfect, about 20/40 uncorrected, hopefully that won't have an impact. I'll check into accounting, I saw it was listed as a wanted position on the FBI's website.

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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    I hope you mean sad because you realize that it doesn't really take a great person to be a leader
    I wish I could use that cover. I meant that its distressing how bullheaded I am in chasing goals no matter how ridiculous or unrealistic. I've been trying to learn to play the guitar off and on for 4yrs now and still haven't really come to grips that music isn't one my strong points. While this stubbornness can be spun either way as a strength or a weakness, ultimately, I feel it's one of the features that distinguishes me from the pack.

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    I thank all of you for your replies. After a lot of thought, and a revelation so to speak, I have decided not to become a nurse. I felt uneasy about the profession because at the root, i really wouldn't love to be a nurse. I might love the job stability, the pay, and the shift work but I could never honestly see myself as a nurse. It's just not me.

    It's tiring always trying to pick the most absolute practical decision. I'd be a lot happier pursuing something I really wanted than living with a career I settled with. The chase is half the fun for me. It's like a cat that's only interested in playing with a string if it's just out of reach.

    I know that if I want something badly enough and I put my mind to it, then I'll be able to accomplish it. Not to sound cocky, but also not to fake modesty, I know I'm "smarter" than most people out there. I can get by without trying, but the machine really starts to kick up when there's motivation behind it. It'd be nothing less than a crime not to use it to it's full potential.

    As for what I want to do instead of nursing, I have the general idea that's always been with me. I envision myself with a federal or government backed job, most likely in law enforcement. Ideally after a few years of police work, I'll join the ranks of the FBI or other high agency. Whether it takes 5, 10, or 20 years to reach this position if ever, so be it. I could at the very least go into work happy each day. I'll start pursuing a degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology as a step in this direction. The bottom line is that I'm only 18 and have a minimum of at least 4 more years to figure out the specifics.

    Up until this point, nearly every big decision I've made was with my brain. I need to trust the heart of this one, I know it. The brain over-thinks things too much. The worst feeling in the world is the "what if" question that pops into your head after not making the move you wanted. There's plenty of time to be conservative when I'm in my 60's....and leader of the world (the sad thing is, i was only half-joking there)

    This was not in any way meant to belittle the nursing profession. I have tremendous respect for people who are in it for the right reasons. It's just not for me.

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    Hi, I'm a freshman in college studying for nursing. I've given this career a lot of thought but I still have my reservations, partially due to all the negative comments on here. I don't want to figure out that nursing isn't for me a couple years down the road after "wasting" education/money.

    Some background.. I was an above-average highschool student I guess. 4.0gpa / 1360 SAT with 3 college classes under my belt. I wouldn't say I'm exceptionally gifted or that hardworking though. Here's what I'm looking for in a career:

    -Less than 6yrs schooling
    -Preferably a federal job or in the medical field, some sort of needed service
    -Around 50k or more to start, room for advancement
    -Won't be too difficult to obtain a job
    -Minimal stress / worrying about the job outside of work
    -Stable career outlook

    These aren't hard and fast rules, but those are the basics. A job as a PRN seems to fit that pretty well and I do like the idea of a 3day work week. I have limited shadowing experience, but its not nearly enough to base a decision on. My brother is a nurse anesthetist and seems to enjoy his job. Then again, I know someone with a masters of science who became a mail carrier and couldn't be happier.

    It's an unrealistic goal to love everything about your job, but do some people here actually wish they would have taken a different path? What advice would you have liked to known back when you were 18? Anything at all helps. Thank you for reading this.