Duke ABSN Spring 2011 - page 11

Hi there- My name is Sandy and I am applying to the Duke ABSN for Spring 2011, just wondering if there is anyone else out there applying? Only 2 months till the deadline and I am trying to get my... Read More

  1. by   LawnMowerBear
    I arrived at Duke University School of Nursing about ten minutes early. I stopped in at reception to find out where the ABSN candidates were meeting, and when I arrived at the room, M, whom I'd met before, was greeting candidates by a table in the hall. She welcomed me warmly and told me to come on in, there is a catered breakfast, etc. I thanked her, excused myself and hurried quickly to the restroom.

    I entered a stall, locked the door, and then searched vainly for the next 20 seconds for a place to set my portfolio. During that time I heard someone come in, use the restroom, and wash his hands. As he was leaving, he coughed--a very feminine cough.

    Someone else came in and used the bathroom, and I noticed that everyone who had come in so far had entered a stall and sat down. I quickly peeked up over my stall and glanced around the room. It was as I feared. There were no urinals in this restroom. Just then someone entered the stall next to me, and around their feet fluttered a long, flowing, black dress.

    Instantly my heart started to race, and I could feel my face becoming hot and flushed. At this point I had two options. I could either bust out and play it up as an accident, which it really was, or I could wait until I had a clearing and bolt. I decided on the latter option and made myself as small as possible in the stall to avoid being descried through the seams in the partitions.

    An opening came when there was no one at the hand-washing station, and with the person still in the stall beside me, I flung my stall door open and all but ran to the exit.

    A woman was standing across the hall as I exited, and she looked at me with obvious bewilderment. I, clearly flustered and embarrassed, exclaimed, “I definitely went into the wrong restroom.” She tilted her head back and laughed, and a wave of relief washed over me. I was safe.

    I headed straight across to the men’s restroom and completed my original mission. A urinal had never looked so beautiful to me as it did then.
  2. by   LawnMowerBear
    BTW, my interviews went far better than I had expected. I believe I left a very good impression with my interviewers.

    Loved the warmth and openness of the staff, the wealth of information, and the ambience of the place. Very impressed with every aspect of my time there! Can't wait to hear if I'm in!
    Last edit by LawnMowerBear on Jul 27, '10 : Reason: grammatical error
  3. by   chickenlake
    LawnMowerBear - you had me rolling! Definitely something I'd do. Glad your strategy worked out well. :-D

    I interviewed on the 23rd and had a lot of fun meeting all of you. I used to work at Duke and had to walk through the hospital to get places, so seeing the campus was no surprise, but I was blown away by the program and the instructors (and the new nursing building). I concur with all the other posts that say don't sweat the interviews, just have an idea of the main points you want to convey, 15 minutes go by waaaay too quick. Learn from my mistake, too, I did not pay attention to my watch on the 2nd interview and feel horrible for getting all the subsequent candidates off schedule. :-(

    Another thing, especially for those of you interviewing in August, they said we should go ahead and start getting our financial aid applications in. The FAFSA and the DUSON fin aid applications are good to start. After admissions decisions are made, the financial aid dept will need those applications to put together a financial aid "packet" for each accepted candidate to use in considering whether to enroll.

    BTW anyone who has questions about NC or Durham or Duke let me know. I'm a native to the area and can try to answer any questions you might have.

    I like the idea of posting what got you interested in nursing to try and pass the time till 8/16, so here goes. I worked in biology research labs after I graduated college, but knew I didn't want to be a career research tech. I was inspired to enter nursing by the nurse practitioner at the Planned Parenthood where I volunteered. What about the rest of you?

    Good luck to all!!
  4. by   chickenlake
    A little more re: the financial aid.

    From the Financial Aid info session it sounded like the order of things to apply for was FAFSA, DUSON financial aid, ABSN scholarship form, and then whatever scholarships and grants you can find through third party sites.

    I wrote down from the financial aid session that the DUSON ABSN scholarship application deadline is August 6. If you are concerned about this you may want to confirm via the website or M, but just wanted to give y'all a heads up. The form (link) says the deadline is July 15, but we were told it is actually due 8/6.

    Also, more forms are linked via the DUSON website under Financial Aid (here).
  5. by   SandyH
    Hey guys! Glad to hear everyone's interviews went well!! YAY! We are all gonna make it!

    Thanks so much for all the great information! I was less than impressed by the financial aid portion myself. I just didn't feel that we really got any answers. I've emailed a couple times too and haven't gotten any responses. I may have to go there to speak with them if I can't get a hold of anyone or at least call M. M wasn't there when we interviewed on the 16th or at least I didn't see her anywhere. Thanks for the applicant stats too!! I try to convince myself that the chances of getting accepted are good, but every time I think about it I get anxious and my stomach drops! I can't believe it is the most competitive cycle ever!

    I have not laughed that hard in a while! I was reading your post and my husband is like what the h**l is wrong with you? LOL! What a start to the day, but at least the interview went well!
  6. by   Yogi Mel
    Wow- thanks again for the wonderful information! I'm so excited for August 6th to get here! Is anyone willing to share what they wore or what other people wore? I'm a little concerned about the extreme heat lately.

    Also, does anyone know if I would have time to ditch my suit coat after the interview portion (quick trip out to my car)?

    Okay, my last question is how many people brought someone along with them? I would like hubby to come with me, but I don't want to stick out too much if I'm the only one bringing someone else along.

    Thanks again! I can't wait to meet everyone
  7. by   spring2011
    Yogi Mel,
    I wore a suit and noticed the majority of people did too. Some girls wore a nice button down with suit pants. We were split into 4 groups throughout the day and I had the campus tour last...so luckily I didn't get hot and gross until the end. You might end up with your interview last =/ I guess it is the luck of the draw. I guess if you really wanted to change and you had your interview towards the beginning of the day you could...there is around a 5-10 min break between each portion of the schedule. I think I might have seen a couple of other people who brought guests, but they really didn't stand out so it was hard to tell. For all I knew, they were interviewing as well. I brought my Mom and she just stayed down the hall when I walked to my interviews. The ladies who interviewed me wouldn't have a clew my Mom was even there. So I would bring your hubby =)
    I wish you the best of luck!!!!
    If you have any more questions just ask
  8. by   spring2011
    oh I just saw you just wanted to ditch your coat...that's simple. Yes, you would have time to ditch it. They will even give you a locker to put your things in because some people had luggage with them...if you didn't want to go out to your car =)
  9. by   Yogi Mel
    Great! Thanks so much. A locker would be perfect. I can't wait
  10. by   *PaintedSky*
    two MORE weeks... REALLY!??
  11. by   ncemt
    PaintedSky: My thoughts exactly
  12. by   spring2011
  13. by   SandyH
    So...just finished summer classes...gonna be a long 2 weeks 'til we find out about acceptances...
    So, someone said the 16th? That's a Monday...think maybe we will find out the week before?
    Friday is the 13th...hmmm...not sure if that's a good thing...