Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Big Interview

Friday the 18th I had my BIG interview for nursing school at the one and only program I applied to. My parent's actually drove me up, which, at first, I was kind of against, because I didn't want anyone seeing me roll up with my ma and pa and think, "Oh my God, this chick is almost 24 and can't go to an interview without her parent's?!" but, in the end, I was really relieved they drove me because I was a nervous wreck! And, no one saw them, anyway.

The campus is an hour and 10 minutes from my house and I zoned out in the back seat the entire ride there. I had never seen the campus and was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful it is! It very much reminded me of UD and I kind of felt like I was going home. I arrived 20 minutes early, so they offered to give me a tour of the lab. Y'all, this made me SO excited! The facilities are gorgeous, everyone was incredibly friendly and welcoming and I just got good vibes the entire time I was there. Which is probably a really good thing considering I could, potentially, be spending 14 months of my life there.

The tour also helped calm my nerves, so by time they called me back for my interview (with two women), I was feeling really confident. Some questions they asked were:

1. What do you think a nurse is?
2. Why do you want to be a nurse?
3. What have you done to prepare yourself for nursing school?
4. Why now?
5. What are you willing to give up for the program?
Blah. Blah. Blah.

I have no clue what my answers were because I truly just spoke from the heart and it was all kind of a blur afterward. BUT, they seemed to really like my answers and the conversation flowed so well. I had heard that these two women would be hard to read and I'd have no feel for how the interview went... but, that wasn't the case. I felt really good after the interview, like we all clicked, and that my answers were what they were hoping for, which is great, because none of them were contrived responses to makes me look better. Actually, lately, I had been really freaking out about the decision I've made to be a nurse. I was starting to doubt my decision, thinking I've wasted two years of my life, that I have NO clue what I want to do, and I'm just a hot mess. But when I got in there and answered the questions easily, I realized just how much I really do want to be a nurse and how happy I am with my decision and hard work.

So I'm being cautiously optimistic, but I'm really hopeful that they loved me as much as I loved them and that around April 1 (AHHHH SO SOON!) I get a letter of acceptance. If I don't get in, seriously, please say prayers for me like you've never prayed before, because I truly, 100 %, have no back up plan and no clue where I would go from here. And that? Freaks. Me. Out.

A week. That's all I have left the sit on the edge of my seat. After two years it comes down to SEVEN DAYS. Girlfriend needs a cocktail.

Sorry if this post is all over the place, I'm doing, like, 4 things at once.

Double sorry for being such a terrible blog friend lately. I've done little to no reading, zero commenting, and even fewer comment replies. I need to get a better grip on things! Registered & Protected


Adriane said...

So happy to hear your interview went well! That's such a relief! I have a big, important interview this week on Wednesday, and I'm hoping I have as positive of an experience as you did! Are things going to slow down a little for you now, or are you still going 100 MPH?

Jess said...

I will be praying!!!!

Your back-up plan is Florida. That's all.

nurse XY said...

Sounds like it went well!

Our interviews were less about answers to the specific questions, and more about whether you could communicate yourself and/or ideas.

If you didn't have some doubts about going to nursing school, you'd either be incredibly naive or don't really belong there. I say doubts are good.

NP Odyssey said...

Saying a little prayer, having been there I know I can't tell you to relax, because it won't happen. At least April is only a short time away.

teacher girl said...

Props to you! I'm sure you'll get it & will keep you in my prayers...but you can always move out to California & hang out with Helene & her funny kids & me! Glad you posted. I miss your hilariousness in blogland when you're gone!

Rosh said...

Yay so glad it went well! I am sure you will get in.

I agree on needing a cocktail (or 4) to keep the nerves at bay. Seriously, every time I open the mailbox I have an anxiety attack and then I get disappointed when there is nothing from the school I applied to.

denise said...

Only a few days to stress/freak out; not too bad. It sounds like your interview went really well.

My parents would have done the same for me since they know how stressful something like that could be...and I am 30+. We are so fortunate to have such supportive parents.

Can't wait to hear. Don't make us wait much longer than April 1st.

Katherine said...

Sending good thoughts your way. I'll be thinking of you!

Helene said...

If you think it went well, then it did go well!! In those types of interviews, you get a sense of how you're doing just by how the interviewers interact with you. Sounds like they really enjoyed meeting with you!

Crossing my fingers (and my legs, much to Tim's dismay) that you get your acceptance letter!!!!

Melissa said...

It sounds like things went well. I hope you get in!!!

Krista @ Not Mommy of the Year said...

Good luck, friend. Sounds promising!!

Zazzy Episodes said...

Yahoo, yahoo, yahoo glad that's over with! Now on to the next big thing, I wish you well on the April 1st deadline in knowing if you've made it or not! I'm sure you'll be on pins and needles with waiting but just breathe and you'll be fine.

Pennie said...

Oh, girl...this sounds VERY promising! Please keep us updated! It's funny how sometimes we don't even know how bad we want something until we're in the thick of it...I've experienced that before!

YOu go, girl! I can't wait to hear more!

jag said...

How exciting! Listen, if you spoke from the heart, I'm certain you did fabulous:)

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