Health and heart struggles continue, but I did pull an A in Chem. Physiology is proving a bit of a struggle, just getting everying done.
The late summer session I will be taking Physiology & Lab, and Nursing 209 in the early fall session before taking the TEAS VI exam a couple of times before applying to the Nursing Program for the March 2019 cohort.
So after an extraordinarily difficult year of health and heart, I will be resuming my nursing degree track with Chem 109: Chemistry for Health Professionals on Tuesday, May 1st. I’m looking forward to it with equal parts anticipation and trepidation.
The late summer session I will be taking Physiology & Lab, and the early fall session will round out all of my prerequisites needed before taking the TEAS VII exam and applying to the Nursing Program.
Early spring session will be my first opportunity to take Nurs 209 the introductory course with clinicals. I haven’t yet figured out how I’m to pay for that and keep a job as the clinicals are during daytime hours. Praying for wisdom.
Alas, neither A counts towards the Science GPA that will be evaluated in conjunction with my eventual performance on the ATI TEAS VI exam, but they are good indicator, that, with the proper accommodations, as well as increased maturity, I can perform well in academic pursuits.
This session I am reluctantly taking a 3 hr course in Medical Terminology that won’t count towards either the Associates in Nursing or BSN in order to meet minimum enrollment hours for my financial aid package. I have hopes that it at least will be beneficial in future courses, though a great deal of it is review.
Following this course my progress will be at a standstill until I can figure out a way to pay for school. I’ve exactly one year of coursework remaining (course schedule permitting) before I would be ready to apply to the Nursing program. I’ve reached the aggregate limit for subsidized federal loans (and I had hoped not to accrue more debt for this). My attempts to find full-time employment with Columbia College which would yield the benefits of a full tuition waiver have so far proven unsuccessful, but thankfully my existing employment, due to end July 31, has been extended for another full year, so I am secure… if not able to advance my degree pursuit.
I am deciding to treat this as an opportunity to try to get creative and to be careful with my budget to see if I cannot manufacture a way to continue… likely not in the fall, but perhaps in the spring semester.
Praying and trusting God. Very grateful for what I’ve been given so far and for the provisions and opportunities. So aware of how blessed I am.
I take a bewildered look around and find that I, a 42 year old man who’s clearly failing fast, am a brand spankin’ new student at University. When did they start letting all these children into higher-learning? $108 to rent a textbook for 6–8 weeks? Praying for strength as a somewhat frightening new adventure commences.
They’re all using these little flat pocket televisions without an aerial. They seem to think nothing of getting fingerprints all over them.