Hi all! I am half way through my senior year at UCSD as a Public Health major. Sadly, UCSD doesn't offer nursing and it's a bit too late to start a pre-med track now. I've accepted an offer to do Teach for America (something I am passionate about despite seeing myself being a WHNP in the long run). This means I won't even be applying to MEPN or ABSN programs until about 1.5 years from now.
I am starting my first nursing pre-req (physiology + lab) in the spring. I am planning to continue to volunteer in (somewhat) nearby hospital's mother baby unit as well as continue to volunteer for Planned Parenthood's community outreach team.
Any advice on how to become a more competitive MEPN applicant in my last 6 months at UCSD and during my time doing Teach for America? I don't think I'll have the time to continue with a research position (just completed 6 months working as a part time intern on a research study at Scripps).
Besides getting great grades in pre-reqs, speaking to NPs, and possibly doing more in-depth clinical volunteering (although I'd be limited to the weekends, especially while doing TFA), what else can I do?
TL;DR: Fellow career changers that work full time: how do you remain competitive?
Apologies for the life story/rambling and happy holidays!