Any Fall 2007 UCLA MECN Applicants out there? - page 6

So many of the threads regarding direct-entry programs featured mainly east coast schools, there have to be a few folks out there like me who've applied to the UCLA MECN program for the Fall 2007... Read More

  1. by   dko1
    I totally know what you mean... we have to definitely keep on moving forward and hope for the best. That's a lesson I've learned as well is to apply to more schools, but I'm sure you will be a more competitive candidate when you apply next year. You'll be just fine...

    Thanks and I wish you the best!
  2. by   lizcakes
    hi all - i just called shelli (i had to!!) and asked about when we were going to hear back from them and she said the letters have not been sent out in the mail and they will be sent out in the next couple of weeks. isn't that weird? we know people have already been accepted via email, but she didn't tell me this, but i also didn't ask about the emails... just an fyi
  3. by   Asherah
    Well I called Shelli this morning based on my friend's recommendation and just asked her if she can confirm that I have not been recommended for admission. She explained that she does not normally provide that information on the phone, but she was able to in my case. I'm very happy to know now so I can push through it and keep working harder for next year.

    Good luck Adelle!
  4. by   K-shizzle
    I'm pretty bummed myself b/c I did not receive the email. At this point, I don't understand what it is they are looking for as my undergraduate GPA is a 3.9 and my pre-req GPA is a 4.0. I also have relevant volunteer experience. The one thing that I don't have under my belt is any research, and knowing that UCLA is big on research that might have hurt me, but I don't see how it is super relevant to becoming a nurse. Oh well!! Everything happens for a reason right...I'll just take it as I am not meant to go to UCLA. Azusa here I come!! Good luck to all of you!!! I know you will all succeed no matter what you choose to do. Check out the program at Azusa. It is called SCAN (second careers and nursing). It puts you right into a specialty at the end (Nurse practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist) and Azusa has a wonderful Nursing program. It's not cheap since it's private, but they offer scholarships and traineeships from hospitals.

    Take care!!!
  5. by   lizcakes
    K - those are some crazy stats, you should be proud of that! I'm sure Azuza is an excellent program. I was accepted to Columbia and it looks like I'm headed there. I wonder what kind of applicants UCLA was looking for... to those who were accepted care to share there stats? I'm really interested.

    Ash - I'm glad you're hanging in there! There's always next year and there are so many opportunities out there for you Thanks for all your help!
  6. by   Asherah
    I'm interested in what they're looking for too! Hopefully meeting with Suzette Cardin will give me some insight.

    Columbia may be on my application list for next year if I could swing a way to pay for it, so I may ask you how its going in the future Adelle I hope you'll be willing to share with us!
  7. by   BerkeleyMom
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  8. by   Asherah

    I don't think there's hope for me, although I didn't specifically ask it I had been waitlisted, the words that came out of her mouth were, "we did not recommend you for admission to the graduate department," which Im interpreting to mean as a big ole' no.

    I can't speak for anyone else or their waitlist opportunities...I'm just glad that I found out now so I can work on getting through it and focus on my current classes. I was seriously going through hell just waiting.

    She also said on the phone that they only issued 50 acceptances this year, so perhaps 10 more people will be added later with the waitlist.

    But I'm okay, I've seriously thought this through and its a test for me and how badly I want this, I just need to keep doing what it takes.

    I hope your outcome is more pleasant Berk!
  9. by   BerkeleyMom
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  10. by   Asherah
    Hah! I already told my mom that when I get my official rejection letter I'm going to frame it and hang it above my desk for a little added "motivation." I'll do whatever it takes not to see one of those again, does that seem odd to you?!
  11. by   stressed_girl
    I was just told that the avg. GPA for this years UCLA MECN applicant pool was 3.5. Last year it was 3.3.
  12. by   happychickchick
    Hi Everyone,

    First off, congrats to all who got the email. I, too, applied for UCLA MECN Fall 2007 and have not received any emails from the SON. So, I'm grasping the idea that I was not admitted... But, out of curiousity, for those that did get admitted, what is your GPA and life experience? My GPA is not as competitive, but not super low as well. My undergrad GPA was a 3.50, but my pre-req GPA was much much higher. I didn't have any healthcare experience, but had a few years of research experience. Ehh, I feel so bummed out that I didn't get an email. Why can't they just post it online on the gdnet.ucla site? Hehe.

    Thanks again!
  13. by   mafafa1981
    Hi! I almost feel bad writing because I was one of those students who got in. I actually found out by accident that I got in when I called the SON to ask whether I should fill out the FAFSA. However, I was also able to download the acceptance letter on gdnet that night. Keep in mind though that I had already been a student there and I may have gotten the letter sooner because UCLA didn't have to create a file for me per se. In other words, I was already in the system and it was just a matter of sending out an email. All I can say is that there were probably more qualified applicants than there were spots. To those of you who haven't gotten the letter yet, don't lose hope. PLEASE. You should think positively and try to attract admission. Have any of you ever seen THE SECRET? If you haven't, you should check it out at Blockbuster. It has changed my life. It esentially teaches you about the power of the mind in atracting positive things to your life.

    I'll tell you a story that might shed some light on not getting an acceptance letter. When I was in high school, I was class salutatorian. I was #2 in a class of 404 students and was one of the best chemistry, physics, and calculus students. My dream was to become an engineer. As such, I applied to MIT in hopes of going to a world-renowned scientific university. I got through to the interviews and a few weeks later, I was rejected. I cried and cried and cried... I then was accepted to UCI, UCSD, and UCLA. However, none of these were my second choice. Berkeley was my second choice and I found out only until last minute that I got in. I went off to Berkeley and began a major in math. The first semester there, I failed calculus. I was like, "Whaaaaaatttt???????? I was the best math student in my high school!!!!" Well, I finally realized that EVERYONE was the best student in their high school and my counselor helped me find comfort by telling me this: "You should be happy that you are competing against the best of the best. What do you think life would be like if you were always on top? You would have nothing to fight for!" He was right! That experience changed my life. Since then, I've realized I can't be the best at everything and I won't always get what I claim to be dreaming about. In the end, I majored in psychology and all of my professors urged me to go into a PhD program. Because I wasn't sure psychology was my thing, I took a year off and went to work in a lab at UCLA (before even considering grad school). It was a fluke that I ended up working at the UCLA hospital! I could have very well found a job at the psych department at UCLA (away from the hospital). It wasn't until I was there that I realized that the reason I had liked psychology in the first place was that my true passion was in helping others... It's history from there. I went to public health school and then applied to nursing school. But what happened to that engineering dream??? Would I have been happy as an engineer? I may never know, but I do know that my experiences since I got out of Berkeely have helped me grow an become an independent woman who is happy. I am NOT saying at all that anyone who feels discouraged should find another field. What I AM saying is that things happen for a reason and the best thing we can do is turn bad things around and make them positives instead of negatives. Love yourself and know that even if you have not gotten an acceptance letter, you either (a) are on the waitlist, or (b) are not meant to go there at this point in time. Perhaps God (or whatever you believe in) has something stored for you down the line. My mom says "No hay mal que por bien no venga." This means when a bad thing comes your way, it's an indication of something good to come. Or in more scientific terms, life always regresses to the mean. That is, if we take the high road, have a healthy amount of self-respect/pride/love, then life will bring us back to that state regardless of the bad days that are sprinkled throughout.

    Hold your head up high. Believe in yourselves and great things will come. (And watch THE SECRET).

    I don't really know if this helps. I don't mean to preach or sound like I have a lot of knowledge about life. I'm still trying to figure it out! I just write what I think. I must say, I have gotten hooked on these forums and it may not be the best thing for me. I have one prereq to finish!!! I must study now...