Thanks once again. You have allayed some of my initial apprehensions. I did not really stop to consider the potential difficulty associated with locating child care closer to campus. However, it might just have to be a challenge we choose to take on anyway b/c my wife will be in her third year of law school during my first year of anesthesia school (if i survive the interview cut). If this pans out, she will be done in 1 or 2 semesters at UC as a "visiting student", but graduate from U. of Utah. Unfortunately, proximity to campus might be one of the only keys to survival we have control over.
My cummulative GPA is 3.87, but I was forced to take the GRE on very short notice (6hrs study time maybe) and limped through with a 1034 on about 4hrs sleep and after a 2.5 hr drive to the testing site I could get a date for on such short notice--so it sounds like a scholarship
is most likely a longshot in my case. My buddy from work got some amazing GRE score (1300's-1400's)--so I will surely let him know about the opportunity. I am excited that your clinical component sounds like one of the best one could ask for. I agree that most "school of nursing" classes anywhere are likely to be utterly painful (If you put Orem's chocolate in Roy's peanut butter, is god revealed in brushing your teeth independently? Painful Florence Nightengale crap.). I was an OR nurse for 3.5yrs prior to my jump to the ICU and I developed some pretty pretty darn thick skin along the way(along with a severe allergy to nurse Florence and Co.)--the very environment of the OR lends itself to those who are a bit OCD anyway lol--I am pre-conditioned to take it with a grain of salt. I am sure I will come up with some more questions and I SO
appreciate your replies.
Thought of a couple more already:
1) Do any clinical sites pay a stipend?
2) Did you qualify for in-state tuition from the get-go and/or does pretty much everybody qualify at some point in the program?
3) Did most of the guys wear suit/tie or just nice business casual on interview day (sports coat/tie/khakis)?
4) I wonder if UC has an in-state tuition policy friendly to members of the Army Reserve--I can actually retire prior to the beginning of the program (April/May '08), but I am currently weighing the value of available educational incentives vs. closing that chapter of my life altogether...