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  1. sawyer12

    Advice for the LVN Student

    Almost done with my 1st term (out of 3) of my LPN program and my advice is - no matter how prepared you think you are - you are not!!!! I listened to everyone saying how you give up your life and there is no time for anything but I didnt really believe it could be to that extent. Well it is! And I dont have kids or a husband and luckily only work 1 day a week and I still have no time. You must prioritize - school comes first for the next 10 months - or however long your program is. We just had 5 days off and thanksgiving was the only day I didnt work/study. Also, try and do your best right in the very beginning because the tests come fast and furious and sometimes there are 6 tests in one 4 day week. I am so glad that I got a few great grades in the beginning because there wasnt that pressure of the fear of failing when I had to study for 3 tests in 1 day! But it really is the best thing I have done and my friends in class are already like my family - lean on them for support because they are the only ones who know exactly what you are going through. Good luck!
  2. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    So far so good with the exams.....hard A&P tomorrow tho. Did you guys start at the hosp yet? We dont start til the 25th but we got our assignments this past weekend.
  3. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    Hey guys...evenings is good - I think we are behind you guys - we just had our first Fund Lab last nite. We had 2 exams tonite - yikes! We still havent had all the classes yet but we are adding micro tomorrow. So far so good - its amazing how quickly the day goes when i am tyring to study - before i know it its time to leave for class. I am dreading when it gets to the point of tests every day. We dont start our clinical til the 11th and for that weekend its at GLTS and then we dont go to the hosp til the 25th - seems so far away. When are you guys starting? Looking forward to 4 days off for the holiday weekend but i will def be studying! Keep me posted!
  4. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    gltech - I am evenings and had no coworkers there - I think that was first. Anyway, thanks for coming and giving us all of the info - it really helped a lot! CPR class tonite and 1 week from today it begins!!!!!
  5. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    OMG you guys...my laptop connection has been on the fritz so I couldnt read or post!!! Doesnt it feel real now!!!! I was really overwhelmed last nite with all the info from the past students - I loved it but I am more scared than ever!! I feel like I have so much to do in the next week - like getting a better laptop & network!! I still have to go and buy all my binders and find a decent pair of shoes and a decent bookbag. Great job on the vision board first! I was sitting on the right side of the room, 3rd row from the front. I did go to all of the Prep classes but I cant believe that only 1/2 the people went. A girl that sat next to me the first nite never came back - I am wondering if she dropped out or just didnt bother going to the course. I am glad I went because I feel a little better prepared but I wish that we were told more about the ins and outs of the program rather than waiting for orientation. I am glad I am only working 1 day a week (fridays). I did like that we got to meet a few of our future classmates gltech2010 - were you there last nite? First & Ladi - I guess I will see you girls at graduation!!!! (since you are in days & Im nites) Good luck and stay strong and check in here every once in a while!!!
  6. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    Ladic...I am freaking out! After all this time waiting and its here in 5 weeks!!! This is such a big change for me since I have been working in my own/family business for the past 20 years. Its hard to imagine now that its almost here that I am changing my life so drastically. I know that going to LPN school is the right thing for me but deep down, every so often I keep having these little doubts that I can succeed. But I thought that way about the CNA course I took and I ended up w/ the highest grade in class (altho I know I cant compare it to the LPN program). But it really is exciting too, to be making such a big change at this point in my life, I know so many who cant even if they want to because they have too many responsibilities. I am also worried about finding a job when weh finish because this economy is so horrible. I know I shouldnt be worrying about something thats is a year away but my savings will only go so far! But I am trying to stay positive and push those annoying thoughts out of my crazy head. Oh yeah and I have been relaxing, reading for pleasure, watching movies, going to the beach and spending as much time with my friends and family before life as we know it is OVER!!!! How are you doing? Did you go for the scrub fitting? I'll prob go next week. What kind of shoes are you getting or already have for clinicals?
  7. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    uh oh....I thought it was tomorrow - cant go today - I think we can still go to the actual store though and order uniforms from them right? I'll prob go next week sometime. I just organized all the books (cant believe how many - and a lot are backordered). How is everyone doing....getting nervous yet?
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    Greater Lowell Tech

    Hey you guys.....what are you gonna get for shoes - the packet says white professional shoes but I was wondering if sneakers were ok.....I wore asics when I did my clinical for CNA and they are awesome - I really want to get them for Lowell....any thoughts? First....have you talked to your friend who graduated - I want the scoop!
  9. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    Yay! I couldnt wait to get home to check the mail!!! These books are over $800 on amazon!!! I didnt go on the website that we are suppossed to order from so I didnt see any cds. Are you going to order new or used? Are you going to sign up for the CPR course or are you guys already certified. It seems REAL now dont you think!!!! Hope the old posters come back to tell us about graduation!!!
  10. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    Congrats to the 2 of you!!!! I am getting so scared and nervous but excited at the same time! I just want to get some info already - I wish that we would get some info on books and supplies that we need so I can start buying them - I like to have time to be prepared!! So did the majority of people pass - I think that GL has a pretty high percentage of passing. Any word on jobs for the graduates or do you have to wait until you pass the NCLEX? Have fun at graduation and be proud of yourselves - you deserve it!!!!
  11. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    first....you scared me - I thought I didnt get some info that you did!!! I think in July there is the scrub fitting and 4 nites of an orientation. I dont think either is mandatory (they werent last year) but you have to order the scrubs from a specific place (in Lowell) because they have to but the GLTech emblem on them. I wish we would know more too because I am trying to plan some "last hurrah" stuff and I dont want to miss any of the orientations. Have fun in Vegas - 2 weeks wow - make sure to live it up cause its prob the last getaway for a while!!!! Maybe youll win enough $$$$ to pay for the tuition(or at least the books)!! lady - I know I cant believe it either - I am mailing my tuition check today!!!!
  12. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    First.....what uniform fitting?! I havent gotten any info except for the financial aid stuff.... Zelda -stinks about Lowell but yay for Fitchburg - at least you wont have to wait another year like I did.
  13. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    Zelda....did you buy the NET study guide? If you did then the math is just like in the book. Mostly it was fractions & decimals and just a couple of algebraic equations. I had my 14 yr old cousin help me since I couldnt remember how to convert fractions. The reading section was tricky because of the lack of time that you got to read the passages and answer the questions. Also, I think you will get your results in about a week or so - at least thats how quickly we got them. The interview isnt really an interview - basically he goes over the WHOLE program - schedule, financial, grades etc. He might read your letter of intent right in front of you (SCARY!) and ask questions about your previous experience. Its pretty informal - I wore just pants and a shirt - not a suit or anything fancy - I would go with business casual. Also, unless you are dead set on the daytime classes - tell him you are open for both the day and evening - it might make your chances better. Do you have any previous healthcare experience? Good luck and post after the test to let us know how it goes!!!!
  14. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    Zelda....good luck on the NET - but if you passed the TEAS then you will do great on the NET - there is no science on the NET - just math & reading and an essay. I feel the exact opposite of you daytime people - I am totally not a morning person and I never go to sleep before midnite. I chose the nite program because I live 45 min away (without traffic) and if I were to do the day program I would have to get up at 5 to make it there on time (128s & rt 3n are not very pretty in the am). I figure this way I can study during the am & afternoon and then leave by 2:45ish. It does suck to have to go every other weekend but at least there wont be much traffic on the weekends. I cant wait to get more info and finally start the program!!!!
  15. sawyer12

    Greater Lowell Tech

    WOW you guys - the year flew by!!!!! I feel like I am never gonna start!! DOes the evening program follow the high school schedule too? keke - glad to hear from you! meant2be - thanks for all the info - I appreciate it. Anyone else out there going to Lowell in August? Have you gotten any feedback jobwise from the teachers or hospitals regarding this economy? Good luck on these last few months and try and RELAX on your vaca!!!!!
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    Greater Lowell Tech

    Can anyone who is in the program tell me if you use a home computer/laptop/printer a lot? I am trying to get all my ducks in a row before starting and I am contemplating getting a new laptop if you use it alot since the one I have now is so old. Also, if there are any other supplies you recommend - I would appreciate any info......Thanks!
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