How to improve my chances at getting into a NY nursing program with a GED?
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Posted about 2 years ago
To begin with, I am 23 years old. I was a A-B student all the way through 6th grade, when things took a turn for the worse; I suffered physical abuse from my stepmother and moved out of state to live with my mother, where I was subjected to my stepfather's sexual abuse. My grades quickly suffered, with the exception to one year when I moved in with my grandmother and attended a alternative school, in which I completed 7th and 8th grade in one year, testing in the top 98% and had begun my coursework for 9th grade. My mother forced me into coming back to live with her and attending a regular high school. In an effort to get away from the abuse that she refused to acknowledge, I began to purposely do poorly in school, which ultimately ended up with her allowing me to drop out and move in with my racehorse trainer while studying for my GED.
In her passive aggressive way, she withheld my birth certificate and social security card from me so I could not register for the test. I did not tell my father about what happened with my stepfather; I was too ashamed. I refused to give in, and finally at 21 years old, managed to get both items.
In 2010 I quickly skimmed through what I though I'd need to know a week before, and sat for the GED on July 4th, which I passed. My scores were:
Social Studies- 530
Battery Average- 592
Math is by far my weakest subject; I do better with it when I consistently use it. I want to apply to Nassau Community College next year. I have registered for the SAT, and plan on taking some exams for credit in my better subjects. I'm tackling math from the beginning; doing a complete refresher on all of the basics, and getting tutoring in Algebra and up. I am focusing on getting my pre-requisites finished. In order to prepare, I'm going back and refreshing on all science subjects, and study a bit of anatomy and psyiology and psychology each day.
I know what I am capable of doing when I put my mind to it; and I have set my sights on becoming a nurse.
Can anyone give me some advice on what I should expect from Nassau's program, and if I even have half of a chance to get accepted? I've heard they are very competitive, but I would like opinions from those who have been accepted or currently attend the program.
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| Posted about 2 years ago
Wow sounds like you had a tuff childhood. Im 26 and in your spot right now starting my pre/reqs at a community college then apply for the 2 year ADN program. Ive done alot of research and most schools have a waiting list, i live in california and luckily my school does not. However, your gpa is what they look at thats why you have to take pre reqs. Alot of people say nursing school is really just the time spent studying that can become hard. Im not good at math either but im very career driven therefore if you study hard, work hard you shouldnt have a problem getting into Nursing School.
Good Luck, Jasmine