Need Advice About A Class (long), Please help!

  1. Hi everyone,

    This is my first post! I need some major advice!

    I have applied to seven programs in the area (SF Bay Area), one of which is the Generic MSN program at San Francisco State.

    I have also applied to a lot of junior college programs because that route makes a lot of sense for me. I will still be able to work, at least part-time, and the cost is SO much less.

    Alternatively, the SFSU program is full time and I have heard it is in the $20,000 range for the first year and a half. Since it is a full-time program that means even more student loans! If I did get in, I would be looking at coming out of college with over $40k in loans.

    So my dilemma... SFSU is a hard program to get into, so already my chances of getting in are slim. I have one more pre-req I have to do for the program - Public Speaking. Only for this one program do I need to take this class. I am currently enrolled in a public speaking class and last night what my first night. All I can say is that this teacher is horrible! She is nasty to the students and her grading guidelines are vague at best.

    So here I am, having paid $100 for this class, and wondering if I should just drop it. I don't need the class except for the SFSU program. And even if I did get into SFSU's program, if I got into a JC program I would probably end up going there anyway. But a small part of me wonders if I should just take the class. What if I did get into SFSU... would I suddenly decide it is worth all the $$ to go? If I didn't take Public Speaking, would I regret it later?

    I am sure I can do well in this class, but it is going to be a really negative experience and will take a lot of time, not to mention the $$ I paid for it.

    What would you do?

    Thank you in advance for any responses!
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  3. by   oregonrene
    You say you applied to 7 programs. If you could list those programs in order of your first choice as #1, to your last choice as #7, where does SFSU fall? If you don't think you'll get in and you would probably rather go somewhere else anyway (due to $, commute or whatever reason), then I would probably bag the public speaking class if I were in your shoes. If you get an acceptance letter from SFSU and it's conditional on taking the public speaking class, and you decide you do want to go there, then perhaps you could take the class over the summer!
  4. by   LauraF, RN
    All of the programs I have looked at out here require Public Speaking course. And you are certainly going to have a lot worse once you get into a program. Consider it practice. $100 wow that is good for a 3 credit hour class. Good luck.
  5. by   mom2michael
    $100 is very reasonable for a class....I say take it even if the teacher isn't the best. You aren't going to learn any less. Besides, you never know where you'll end up someday and you might just need that public speaking class. I took mine 14 years ago and use it every single day even though it was never required for any of my previous education (but it is now for nursing...so glad I did take it way back when).
  6. by   RedSox33RN
    But will this course effect your GPA? If not, I wouldn't worry about it, and take it. I would love to know how to speak in front of groups of people! If you really don't need it, I would drop it. I've taken too many un-needed courses in my pursuit of a nursing degree, and they all add up. If it turns out later you do need it, you know it can be done at night or during the summer, and you may get a better instructor.

    I wonder sometimes what prompts nasty people to become teachers?!
  7. by   saskrn
    Quote from dream2nurse
    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post! I need some major advice!

    I have applied to seven programs in the area (SF Bay Area), one of which is the Generic MSN program at San Francisco State.

    I have also applied to a lot of junior college programs because that route makes a lot of sense for me. I will still be able to work, at least part-time, and the cost is SO much less.

    Alternatively, the SFSU program is full time and I have heard it is in the $20,000 range for the first year and a half. Since it is a full-time program that means even more student loans! If I did get in, I would be looking at coming out of college with over $40k in loans.

    So my dilemma... SFSU is a hard program to get into, so already my chances of getting in are slim. I have one more pre-req I have to do for the program - Public Speaking. Only for this one program do I need to take this class. I am currently enrolled in a public speaking class and last night what my first night. All I can say is that this teacher is horrible! She is nasty to the students and her grading guidelines are vague at best.

    So here I am, having paid $100 for this class, and wondering if I should just drop it. I don't need the class except for the SFSU program. And even if I did get into SFSU's program, if I got into a JC program I would probably end up going there anyway. But a small part of me wonders if I should just take the class. What if I did get into SFSU... would I suddenly decide it is worth all the $$ to go? If I didn't take Public Speaking, would I regret it later?

    I am sure I can do well in this class, but it is going to be a really negative experience and will take a lot of time, not to mention the $$ I paid for it.

    What would you do?

    Thank you in advance for any responses!
    If you take it, the sacrifices aren't so bad - a little time, a little money and a nasty woman. If you don't take it, you might REALLY regret it in the future, and it would be too late. Continue with the class, I think.

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