There were a few reasons as to why I had to return home and enroll in my community college, reasons that deserve their own complete series of posts, but for now, I’ll focus on after I returned. To finish off my prerequisite courses for nursing took longer than I anticipated. I technically only needed one semester to complete my prerequisites, but I ended up spending two years at my community college.
The road was long and hard, I was just a girl with a dream to become a registered nurse and at one point I had let my GPA get so low as a 3.0. Those two years involved regular full-time semesters, full -time summer semester, wintermesters and maymesters until I could bring up my g.p.a and I had the stability to pursue other majors if necessary. I became a Phi Theta Kappa member, a girl with C’s on her transcript and who had repeated Microbiology three times. In the end, I was able to complete my associate’s degree with enough transferable credits for the majority of a psychology minor at a four-year school.
In my last semester, while applying to graduate I also sat for my nursing school’s entrance exam and applied for admission. At this point in time, I was juggling a lot of what ifs. What if I don’t get in? What if I am not meant to be a nurse? What about the tuition? What if… What if… What if… For me, uncertainty is not my friend, so I have a back-up or “escape” plan for so many aspects of my life.
While waiting to hear from the nursing school I also submitted my transfer application to one university in particular because it offered majors that overlapped with a lot of the prerequisites for nursing. I looked into psychology and speech pathology/communication as potential majors, but it turns out I didn’t need those backups. I received my acceptance letter to start an accelerated associate’s degree nursing program. So my journey towards my RN officially began!
God’s plan was far greater than anything I could have created for myself. I am so excited for what the future holds because my original plan was just to attend Baylor graduate with my BSN and begin working. So many doors and opportunities have presented themselves by returning home and I am so grateful.