Saturday, July 23, 2011

Do I wanna put myself through this again?

So over the past 8 weeks I have been going to school and working 4 days a week. Learning a tough subject, having nightmares and stress breakouts over it, and getting very little sleep. I am SOOO glad to report that the chem equation nightmares have stopped! So here in lies my dilemma though...

Microbiology is coming next. I am enrolled in an 8 week class again, which means class 4 days a week with lab 2 days. Same as before. Of course those are the exact same days I work. Except this time it will give me a few hours to sleep after work before class and a few hours before I have to go into work after class. Except unlike Chemistry the school is NOT close to where I work or where I live. So it'll cost a ton more in gas and those extra hours after school will be filled by driving. I want to do the 8 week because it will complete in October in time for the applications for the RN block 3. Of course they won't know if they have placements until December and the 16 week Saturday class ends in early December. Hummmm....

What to do?? I do know that I can submit my application with the Micro in progress since it will complete by the time selection happens, plus the higher your HESI the greater your chances of placement, and my HESI was pretty damn high. But incomplete applications are put to the bottom of the stack.

Urgh... I am really leaning toward the Saturday 16 week class for my sanity and all But I don't know! It'll only a short time and I made it through this one!


  1. Failing or having to drop a class because you bit off more than you can chew would be a huge setback in time and/or money...

    If you end up dropping the 8 week class, you're already at 16 weeks if you take it in a 8 week block again. Why not 16 weeks to start with. Give yourself some time to actually absorb the material....

  2. I vote for the 16 week class too. More time, so hopefully less stress and you'll know the very important material much more thoroughly at the end of it. However, I'm not familiar with the US application process so feel free to ignore me. :) (Also, you probably won't need to, but if you have any micro questions during the course feel free to email me. I'm still technically a Microbiologist.)

  3. Awesome Cathy thanks!

    Yeah I feel like I should take it in the 16 week format. The 8 weeks of Chem combined with 6 weeks of Pharm with 40 hour work weeks was CRAZY and somehow I need to fit Philosophy in there too!

    But the 8 week format with this particular professor is gear for nursing students in general. Urgh! Its like a circle.

  4. Give yourself as many breaks as you can and take the class in 16 weeks for sure. There's always going to be stress readily available, but there never seems enough peace and calm in the world so take it when you can get it.