Post # 1
I’m in my third semester of college (freshman), and earlier this year I said “goodbye” to an old career I hated to become a pharmacist. Not having any school under my belt at 27 has been difficult. I can only afford to go to a city college, and it’s very difficult because my peers are nearly 10 years younger and definitely act up. It feels like highschool all over again, except now I’m paying everything out of pocket and having to listen to the instructors berate kids for talking, using their phones, or interrupting/not participating.
I am a good student but, as a nontraditional student, have no options for any of their grant or study programs. In fact, I was denied a Pell grant because of my income last year and no one told me I could appeal the decision until three weeks ago.
I’ve met with the pharmacy school I am committed to getting into, and the admission counselor made me feel both welcome and like it wasn’t a fortress that I’d have to beg, borrow, and steal to get into. I’ve gotten all of the information needed from her to start my healthcare volunteering, choose my undergrad classes, and a few tips on what I could do to get a SOLID chance of admission.
I finally have about 17 credit hours completed, have a 4.0, and am on the President’s Honors List so today I shot off two emails: one to the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at my school (this would help both with admissions to pharmacy school and also, with a little grant money); the other one to the school’s Scholar’s Program. I am pretty confident about PTK, but the latter is making me quite nervous. I’ve paid everything out of pocket (I was denied a loan because I apparently made too much money last year to avoid interest) thus far and I can’t do it anymore after this semester. IF I get into the Scholar’s Program, the school will give me a tuition waiver.
So please send some positive thoughts. This would be a life-changing opportunity if I am able to get approved.
Post # 3
Sounds like you have really put a lot of energy into this and I hope all turns out in your favour. Good luck!
Post # 4
You go girl! It sounds like you have some amazing plans and you are doing all the ground work to get what you want. Keep it up and you’ll succeed.
As for the noisey “kids” in class I can totally relate. We have a huge policy about people like that at my University because in reality YOU are the one paying for your education. I would say something to your instructor or department. Unfortunately your education is too important to allow twits to ruin it for you. I hope things get better in this respect.
Good luck!! All my positive vibes 🙂
Post # 5
I am sending you positive vibes! I am a senior and today is my first day of my last semester! I am applying to a master’s program right now and I am super nervous. Up until this year I had wanted to go to Law School, until my favorite professor convinced me to go into academia instead.
Good luck with your scholarships and aid!
Post # 6
Thank you, I actually just found out I GOT A FULL SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!!!!!!! The program director responded to my request today and accepted me!!!!
Post # 7
Awesome!! We must have been sending some REALLY positive vibes, eh? Hahah.
Post # 8
That is wonderful!!! As another non-traditional student (39!) I can relate. I have noticed that the disrespectful students tend to thin out as you take more advanced classes. It helps if the Professor has a firm grasp in his or her class; I had a psych professor who would warn someont twice and then drop them if they were obnoxious, he’d even call security if need be! I witnessed him drop more than one student. He was an awesome guy too, just not willing to tolerate high school behavior. I really appreciated that and in other classes, I have had talks with instructors who did NOT address the “troublemakers”. It helps also to hear from students “Hey, I would appreciate it if these people were not allowed to destroy my time here”. 🙂
Can you tell me more about how PTK will help with grants? I am interested in joining PTK also at my school but their dues are $75, not a lot of money but right now a bit too much. I wasn’t aware that it would help with grants in any way though… I’d just read that some schools offered special scholarship money for PTK members (unfortunately, though, not the university I must attend when I transfer).
Post # 9
@artichokesalad: Congratulations! That is so exciting and such a relief, I’m sure. You have worked hard, keep rocking!
Post # 10
@MsInterpret: To be honest I’m not entirely certain – I am still waiting for them to solicit my membership since apparently you can’t just “join” despite the GPA. I believe they have certain amounts of money you can get towards your tuition, similar to the Pell Grant. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. I don’t know if I can take advantage of PTK’s free money because I already have a full scholarship – but this won’t last forever since I’m in a community college. I basically have 2 years of free tuition, but 3-4 years of work with my pharmacy prerequisites so… at some point I’ll need money!