Hi guys! @bloodorange, thats so sweet haha. I hope both of you guys get in! Here are my thoughts and comments so far about the program, hope they help!
- I'm really enjoying the program so far. Yes its a lot of work, but everyone in my class is extremely friendly and helpful. We're one big nursing family, which is one aspect that I like. I got a positive vibe from the stony's facebook group and that's what ultimately pushed me toward picking stony as opposed to picking binghamton, my alma mater.
- My credentials: I had a ~3.5-3.55 overall and pre-req GPA. As far as experience: I interned on a labor and delivery floor at a hospital for one semester. Other than that, not much "healthcare" experience. I was basically a teacher/tutor since 16 and that was like my main/only experience. But i used that to my advantage when it came to writing the essay and getting recommendations. But stony looks at the application as a whole, so don't think youre set if you have a 3.8 GPA or don't think you dont stand a chance if you have a 3.1 GPA.
- It's an intense year. The summer wasnt so bad even though it was 19 credits. It had 2 online courses. Right now its not so bad since pathology and pharmacology havent started yet.
- My recommendation is to finish the application early/ASAP. In case there's something missing in your application or stony didnt receive something or whatever, then youll have time to get it done. The waiting time from the deadline to when they inform you of their decision (usually early January. for me it was jan 7, the first day they were responding back with application decisions ) is the hardest, so if you have a job or are still in school, then use that to distract you.
- If you're set on Stony, I would also suggest visiting the school for an info session or just to see what it looks like. The staff and faculty here are so inspiring, motivating, and supportive, which is something I really like because they're investing their time and efforts into us instead of looking at teaching as "just a job they have to do."
I'll keep this post short, but feel free to ask more questions. I'd be happy to answer them when I have time (or don't feel like doing work or studying as I should be doing right now lols). Good luck to you guys and everyone here who will soon be on this thread!