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Unsure if I'm wasting my time

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Hi there! I was hoping for some advice on nursing school. I was enrolled at a Cal State in 2007 and was overwhelmed by the newfound freedom I had as a freshman in college and was too distracted with how much fun I was having. My grades slipped badly and I received a D in sociology, F in Nutrition, and C in Psychology. I ended up feeling lost in which direction I should head in college and withdrew from my cal state college and headed back home after the year.

I started to enroll in community colleges and received a lot of W's for withdrawing because I suffered from depression for a few years and had no motivation to do anything at the time. I have quite a few W's. After feeling better years later I began taking a few classes at some community colleges and got straight A's in Math and Chemistry. I redid the Psychology, Sociology, and Nutrition classes and received A's.

I know that nursing is incredibly impacted here in Southern California and most people have near perfect gpa's. I worry that I'm wasting my time knowing how competitive it is to get a spot in a nursing program and having that past of bad grades in 2007-2008 as well as the 6 or so W's. I was hoping to transfer back to a CSU after I finished all of the undergrad work but I'm now thinking I may not even get that chance because of my past. Community Colleges offering nursing are also highly impacted here. Should I be going to a private college or is it still possible for me to go to a Cal State or Community College?

My advice is that you can do anything you want in life if you work hard enough for it. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and it was very difficult for me without any support. My freshman year I failed many classes including chemistry (twice!). I thought I would never make it but I preserevered. I started making straight As after I got the hang of balancing my schedule and studying habits. Just know that it isn't easy and you will have to work HARD and put in many many hours of studying. It took me 6 years to graduate college. My hard work did pay off and I am an RN with my BSN today. Good luck to you!

Also I HIGHLY suggest talking to an academic advisor and the nursing school you want to get into to make sure you know what you need to do to get in then go from there. :-)