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    Does anyone else feel this way?

    I can't help but feel like everyone on this thread should be more self congratulatory. Holy $h!t think of all of the things you're balancing right now but you're doing it! It's exhausting and draining and there are setbacks and naysayers, and yes, things absolutely fall through the cracks, but you're all working hard. No one could honestly say that you're not doing your very best and that should mean something. -Q
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    Awkward and Shy Student Nurse

    Have you ever seen the TED Talk called "Power Poses" given by Amy Cuddy? She's a social scientist who's done research in the area of nonverbal communication (e.g. Body language) and the physiology behind it. It's really interesting and applicable to your situation. While I don't claim that smiling and "faking it" until you make it will work for you, I do think that watching something like this might give you a little more hope at a time like this. It'll get better! Please see your physician again and try medication again. Perhaps a different type. I've been on antidepressants for over 10 years and I've been in therapy off and on for those past 10 years. It's now at a point where I can manage my depression as physical condition; the emotions of it are separate. My body is sad. But I am not. I know it's hard to stick with things when you feel hopeless but if you can push through you'll see it's worth it. It takes some time to find the right dose or maybe just the right therapist but it's so so so worth it. Life is good, but it's impossible to see that when you're depressed. See also: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html?m=1 http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2013/05/depression-part-two.html?m=1 And give your faculty a try. Is there anyone who seems worth reaching out to? I know not all teachers are warm/open but the majority are and I've found that opening up to someone on staff and letting them know how important this program is to you but also how much you're struggling can be a big help. My warmest regards, Quirk
  3. Hey there folks! Hope everyone is doing well and having a great semester!! I'm well into mine - midterms are over and I'm in good shape. :) I'm looking at planning my courses for next semester and my advisor (who isn't a special advisor to the nursing or science students) recommends that I take Organic Chemistry *AND* Anatomy & Physiology I next semester. Is this a terrible idea? She looked at my GPA and said "you'll be fine!" I don't know, I kind of don't believe her? I mean I didn't believe that I could manage when I signed up for these classes (that I'm taking now 12 credits= General Biology & General Chemistry & Humanities) but I'm actually doing really well. Is 12 credits (full time status) -- 8 of them being two TOUGH lab science courses (o-chem + a&p 1), doable for someone who isn't working and currently has a 4.0? I don't think it's realistic that it'll stay that high as I take more classes, but I would like to keep my GPA up as much as possible! I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. Thoughts? Anyone have this schedule and lived so that they can come to AN and tell me about it?? Thanks for the advice!
  4. I would also think long and hard about what you learned from the situation. Not to be condescending or too tough on you (you seem to feel badly enough already) but, "I made a massive mistake. I will never do it again," isn't the right answer here. Why didn't you ask for help? In the future, how will you recognize when you're on the wrong path and avoid such a regrettable and avoidable experience? Dig deep! That's true accountability. And again, good luck.
  5. Hi yvette1222, I'm sorry for your loss. That must have been hard for you. However, as you know, it's not an excuse for academic dishonesty. Although I concede that grief is briefly crazy-making, I wonder, why did you not reach out to anyone (your advisor, professor, TAs, friends, etc.) when you were in trouble? I suspect, that even if you were able to overcome this hurdle, that schools will wonder this too, and would like to know what you learned from the situation and how you would handle yourself should an event like this arise again. Best of luck. -Quirk
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    I agree with SopranoKris! Try again when you're all done with your pre-reqs! Another thing to look into is whether or not your letters of recommendation are, in fact, good. That could really sink you. Anecdote alert! I've heard of applicants unknowingly submitting 'less-than-stellar' letters of recommendation from people who weren't more upfront about their reservations of the applicant's abilities. While letters of recommendation should be confidential and candid, I do think that people should decline to write the letter if they do not support the nursing candidate's goals.
  7. At my school, so long as you 'drop' within the first two weeks of classes, the course wouldn't show up on your transcript--there would be no record of you having ever even signed up for it! After the two week grace period however, changes to a course schedule would be considered a withdrawal and recorded as a "W" on your transcripts. That wouldn't be factored into your GPA at my school. Unless, you've withdrawn from more than five classes. The sixth class, and subsequent classes withdrawn from are recorded as a 0.00--just as bad as getting a F! OUCH! That school was strict, to say the least. Unfortunately, I used up all of my freebie withdrawals early on in my academic career at that school. So, I've got a couple of extra "W" grades on my transcript which decimated my GPA. I'm hoping that I can go the community college LPN>LPN-to-ADN>RN-to-BSN route. It's long process (if any school/programs will even take me), but that's what I've got to do to show that I'm not a total screw-up. It doesn't sound like you're too far gone, SamanthaJCosta! Have hope. You'll get there. emt0089's post was really inspiring! It seems like people really can turn around a scary academic record if they're willing to do hard work.