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Starting Nursing School

Updated on August 27, 2016
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Nikki is currently attending a local state university to pursue a career in Nursing. She is ecstatic to share her experiences through it all

Choosing the right college

As a junior in high school, counselors, parents, friends, social media, and college recruiters seek out their potential school-goers in you. You're beaten into becoming the "perfect" student, with outstanding grades, a list of extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and balancing a social life. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Sarcasm aside, it is most definitely not. However, I can guarantee you that getting accepted into your dream college is totally worth all of those stressors.

I am the second-born in my family, and my older brother attended an in-state university, which I had planned on doing, as well. It took much research to determine which school would suit my major the best, which I recommend doing. Take note on tours of different universities (I toured 5 colleges before making my choice). You have to remember, you are planning on sticking to one choice for 4+ years!

Pre-requisites

The key to choosing your courses typically relies on your communication with your counselors. They know what is best for your career choice, and can direct you onto the right path when deciding which courses are required for your major.

I spoke to four different counselors during my application process, just to get the right idea for which courses they recommended taking for my first two years of college.

As a Nursing major, I had already envisioned the number of biology and anatomy classes I was going to take, and balancing these courses can be quite difficult if taken during the same semester. I definitely recommend spacing out more difficult courses, to give yourself a break each semester, rather than piling on loads of science work.

Acceptance into Nursing!

The college I am attending has a long waiting list for nursing students, as it is an ever growing career choice for most students. Luckily, I had been accepted into the program for outstanding grades and a hopeful mind.

To my understanding, nursing courses are no joke! The key to passing is simply staying in focus and committing to attending every lecture, lab, and clinical.

Once you have been accepted, know your worth and fight on!

First day of Nursing school

I've been through it all. The very first day of nursing school is bittersweet - you're excited about the start of your future, but you're also nervous about the endless nights of homework and studying.

To prepare yourself for the first day of classes, understand this - everyone is in the same boat as you, so do not be nervous nor afraid of what might come through those classroom doors.

Make sure you are prepared, both mentally and physically. Have you read over your courses, do you have the appropriate materials, the right textbooks? If so, you are all set to begin the start of your career and future! Good luck in all that you do!

© 2016 Nursing Nikki

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