Monday, March 19, 2012

A Fail

I have several posts in my head that I need to find the time to get up, but it ain't happening today.  So I just wanted to do a quick post so my mom knows I'm still alive.  ;)

For those that don't know, I went back to school about a year and a half ago in hopes of getting into the dental hygiene program at our local college.  I only completed a year and a half before I got married and dropped out to put my husband through school, and that was several years ago.  So it was a little scary to go back.  Would my brain still work?  Would I be able to find the time?   Would I be the oldest person there?

I took a leap and did it.  It was such a great thing!  My brain did work...and well! **cough** 4.0 **cough**  I found the time.  And I wasn't the oldest one in any of my classes!  Woohoo!!!  It has been so validating and confidence building.  It has made me feel like an actual person and not just a mom.  (Don't get me wrong....I ADORE being a mother, but come gets a little mundane and repetitive day in and day out).  It's amazing how much you can learn and how well you can do when you aren't distracted by boys or a social life.  ;)

I finally completed all my prerequisites for the dental hygiene and was able to apply for the program in January.  It's a very difficult program to get into.  They only take 15 students a YEAR.  I knew the odds were stacked against me, but I was going to go for it anyways.  I had all A's except 2 B's from my right-out-of-high-school days.  The score for the application is a 3 part score worth 4 points group of classes, another group of classes, and a health/science reasoning test.  A perfect everything gives you 12 points.  I went into the test with a score of 6. something.  Not ideal, but doable if I could do well on the HSRT.  Of course....I bombed the test.  :/  My application went in with an 8. something score.  Dang it!  But I submitted it anyways.

Last week I got the letter.  I didn't get in.  I didn't expect to get in.  The cut off to get into the interview process was a 9.7.  Ouch.

My current plan of attack is to retake the English and psychology classes that are my 2 B's (dang you!) and get A's to pad that score.  That way I can go into the HSRT with a score of 8.  I'm searching like crazy for test prep books or anything for this dang test, but am coming up nil.  I have until next January to get my ducks in a row, then I will reapply.  (Yeah...only once a year application period.  Ugh.)  I'll keep taking core classes for a Bachelor's degree in Texas, so if my plans don't work out, I'll have those taken care of to get a degree in something.  What???  I have no idea at this point.  We shall see what the big guy upstairs has in store for me.  ;)


Debbie said...

Sorry you didn't get in this first round. It's interesting that when one door closes, another always opens. Glad you are trying again and are being prayerful about your path. You will continue to bless those around you, regardless of the path you are on. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

bummer :(. Were you only trying to get into the dental hygiene program in KW? Have you looked around at other schools? I'd start applying to all the other U's that offer online programs. Congrats on the 4.0!!!

Lara said...

So sorry! What a bummer. I'm glad you are not giving up on college, though. It has been good for you!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you didn't get in sis! I know that at UVU, you can petition to have grades removed from your transcripts that are older than 7 years old (maybe 10). You may want to consider that. Don't know if it will help any.
In the meantime, just keep swimming. You are awesome.

Rene' said...

Well POOH!!! I just read this.

Did you just apply to the KW program? I know its close and all, but if you really want to be RDH, you need to apply to all programs... I know Lamar has one, too. I have a friend who is an instructor at KW and I believe she got hers at Lamar after applying everywhere!! Good luck, and if there is anything I can do----holla!

Text me and we will go eat lunch soon. It may be the middle of May or so for me :) Love ya!

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