Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Big Step

I wanted to venture out and explore my opportunities so I decided it was time for me to go back to school and get my bachelor's degree in Nursing. With my growing family, this was only the practical thing for me to do. And since I'm an LVN already, why not pursue a higher degree. I heard about an online school called The College Network where existing LVN's can get their BSN through online study. The challenge was it was online- with no teachers, no classmates. But I couldn't afford to quit my full time job to pursue my dream so this was the only option for me to do.

So far it hasn't been that bad. The only thing I'm striving to get used to is the no classroom, no teacher thing. Other than that, they have a great online set up of each module you take. It comes with a practice questions/quizzes to assure you've mastered the material before going on to the next module. They have an online support where you can chat directly with administrator if you have any questions and/or concerns about a topic and you can also call them via phone.  You schedule your testing through testing centers around your area and depending if you chose to include the testing fees with your tuition or not you may have to pay the fee.

I've decided to include mine in my tuition since it's easier to pay the monthly installments of $200 then coming up with the fees up front. Some test can cost as much as $250! But not all. To include this new investment in my education on top of my $30,000 loan from LVN school is going to be tough. But as I said before, it is an investment on my education. It's not practical to wait 10 years to finish my BSN through community colleges or to spend $130,000 to get it through private schools. I've decided to take this big step to further up my career.

Good luck to me.


  1. Visiting you from voiceBoks! Kudos to you for finding the courage and energy to go back to school. It's always more challenging when you already have a family to look after but as long as you stay focused and determined, you'll get there! Best of luck!

  2. Conratulations on going back to shcool!! I agree with Joy it takes so much courage and energy to go back to shcool at any point in your life, but when you are already a busy mom it is even more of a challenge!!! Wishing you all the best on this wonderful journey!! I just found you on VoiceBoks and look foward to reading more about your family and your own journey!!!

  3. That's a hard thing to do, going back to school! Best of luck to you! You've made it this far, you'll do great.
    From VB

  4. Good for you going back to school!!!
    Welcome to VoiceBoks!
    Ro :)
    Have you had your Mom-ME Moment yet today?

  5. Go for it Samanatha! You have a cheerleader in me and all of us at Voiceboks!

  6. Oh gosh! Forgive me for spelling your name incorrectly!

  7. Congratulations on going back to school! I did the same a few years ago and got my BSN. Now, I'm working towards my MSN. It's a tough decision to make and it takes a lot of work, but it's so worth it!


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  8. I'm going to school via College Network too. I'm taking my time as i take each class and when I'm not exhausted from night shift as LVN I read my modules and take my tests...its a long term way to go to school for BSN but it seems like the only option at the moment.