I don’t think I have ever been surrounded by so much paper in my life that I am at the moment! I have books and revision notes piled high, all the paperwork for my summer job strewn across the table and then also all the forms I need to fill out for Uni.
I recently received a package through the post from Uni regarding occupational health and criminal record checks. The occupational health forms want me to attach a pathology report, but my doctors surgery have asked me to put this request for a pathology report in writing which means it is taking a lot longer than needed. I say longer than needed because a lot of other potential students for Adult Nursing at the same uni have just phoned up their doctors surgery and walked in and got their list of injections without any fuss.
I’ve finally sent off my CRB paperwork along with the original evidence that came back from the NHS bursary people the other day. I thought that when the NHS sent back my evidence, that would be that and I’d recieve a breakdown of my bursary a few weeks later like other people I’ve spoken to. However, they are now requesting evidence of my fathers self-employment. Arghhh! I am SO confused with it all haha.
I only have one more exam to go which is on Thursday, so once that is done and out of the way I can focus on earning money to pay for a laptop/accommodation items/ new clothes/ Freshers week with my summer job.
Results day is only 58 days away and if I do get my grades, I will be running around the place screaming with excitement. But until then, I’m trying to suppress these feelings of excitement just in case I don’t get the grades my uni require of me, to prevent myself from being too disappointed.
I’m in the middle of exams at the moment so the stress levels are high and my motivation levels are at a record breaking low at times. To remind myself why I’m doing all this revision and taking all these exams, I watch this video for motivation. It was shown during my interview for Adult Nursing and I’ve watched it so many times since. It really inspires to me to put in the hours of revision as I know that if I get the grades I need, I will be heading off to uni in approximately 3 months! It’s well worth a watch, because in a video that lasts just over 2 minutes, it can change anyone’s perception on what nursing involves.
So it’s been a while since I last blogged and I haven’t even got a good excuse for it! Things are moving on slowly but steadily with my conditional offer at uni for Adult Nursing. After my last update where I was struggling to send off my GCSE certs, I finally sent them this week. I also sent off my application for an NHS bursary and grant, oh my god that was a tricky bit of paperwork. It honestly took hours to complete and I’m convinced I’ve still done cocked it up somehow. I had to send the NHS bursary people so much evidence, such as my little sisters birth certificates, my passport, my birth certificate and my parents P60’s or something like that. But then, I received a parcel through the door from my uni with lots of forms for occupational health and DBS. It turns out I was supposed to wait until I had received this parcel before I applied for an NHS bursary as the Uni want all the evidence urgently but I can’t send it as the NHS people have it! I can’t wait until all this paperwork is out of the way,a lot of it is so confusing!
But, on a lighter note I have finished off my Student Finance application and have been informed about how much I will receive. It turns out that because I am on an NHS funded course, I will receive a reduced maintenance loan which is non-means tested. It means that in general all us Nursing students will receive the same amount.
My family are just as excited about this whole thing as I am, but at times I wonder if that’s just because they will have a spare room to do as they wish with. They have bought me lots of lovely books and I’ve kept the wonderful ‘good luck’ cards they have given me. My uncle has even bought me two fob watched for my placements and has promised me an engraved one when I graduate. I’ve attached photos of the things they have given me.
After a wait that seemed like forever, I received my pack from uni today that contained my offer letter, an offer reply slip, and advice and information on accommodation and finance. Initially, I was a bit gutted that I didn’t get placed where I wanted to be but after chatting to some other girlies who I met at the interview, we’ve all been placed at the same location and they are such wonderful people I can’t complain! Reading this was brilliant and all ‘ Yay! It’s all going so well!‘ until I got to the bit in the letter which was a reminder to send the uni my GCSE certificates as soon as possible, quote ‘ If not received within 6 weeks, the offer shall be withdrawn.’ The happy little voice in my head was suddenly screaming ‘shit!!!!‘ The thing is, I never received my GCSE certificates from secondary school and hadn’t really given it much thought, stupid I know. So, in a frantic panic I hunted down my transcript of all my GCSE grades and the examination boards used. Then, after a lot of googling, I found the exam boards online application to apply to get replacement certificates. This is where things get slightly worse. After a quick calculation, I realised that to get these replacements it was going to cost me (well my parents) around £150. Great! Bloody brilliant. So, after I talked it through with the rents and they agreed to pay for it, it was time to print off the applications from the three different examination boards websites and ………
the printer has run out of ink. At this point I am contemplating throwing myself into bed with a bottle of wine and pretending this day had never happened ( slight exaggeration but you know!). So off to PC world we go with my 3 little sisters which meant we couldn’t buy the ink until they’d had their happy meals they insisted on having as the shop is located right next to a McDonalds. ‘ da da da da da! I’m luurrrvin it!’ Well I really wasn’t lurrrvin it, especially as I am on a diet. Anyway, we buy the ink.
Everything is finally printed off, put in envelopes and ready to be sent off tomorrow. Then it was onto the student finance application. Well, things weren’t going to go my way were they haha! I have a valid UK passport but I can not find it anywhere. Anywhere at all. So, this means I have to fill out a like 30 page application on paper. Love life! They want some ID so my original birth certificate has been enclosed as requested.
And just to finish the day off, my mum accidentally opened up my chlamydia testing kit.
Before you get the wrong idea, I’m not some regularly infected woman with more STI’s than GCSES. I just like to play it safe and regularly test myself even if I haven’t really got a reason to do so. My mum has ordered me some books for uni being the sweetheart she is , one of which arrived today and the picture is below, she thought that package was one of those books. Must have been a shock for her to realize it wasn’t her daughters ‘ Uni survival guide’ but instead her daughters chlamydia testing kit. Her response to the kit? ‘ You go girl!!’
Today my family and I were treated to a wonderful lunch out by my grandparents to celebrate my offer at uni. They took us to a fantastic pub/restaurant where we discussed everything about this coming September and beyond! It really gets me emotional when I hear the delight in their voices when they talk about it. Sometimes I think my family are more excited about it than I am! My Uncle has bought me two fob watches, one in pink and one in blue, which I absolutely love. The day I got my offer my mum was straight on the internet ordering me survival guides for both general uni students and specifically for student nurses which I think will arrive tomorrow. Fingers crossed! I’ve been given flowers, champagne, cards, meals out and I have been well and truly spoilt! I couldn’t be prouder of the family I come from. L x
Student box? Yes please!
Whilst the thought of trudging round Ikea excites me to the utmost extent, I cannot resist this brilliant student starter kit that I’ve come across through The Student Room. It includes over 60 essential uni items from shot glasses and towels to scissors and coat hangers. Although it sounds pricey at £150, when you give it a thought it’s probably less than you’d spend if you bought each piece individually. I’ll definitely be buying one of these badboys, well my parents will anyway. L x
So this week I received a wonderful update on UCAS Track stating that I have been accepted for Sept ’13 entry for Adult Nursing! I couldn’t be happier as I honestly didn’t think I’d get an offer after the interviewer put his head in his hands whilst I was speaking! Can you believe that? Anyway, I’ve got in and if I get the right A levels, I’ll be starting Uni in … ( quick calculation)…. 6 months! Very exciting. I thought that I’d start a blog after reading so many of them since deciding to apply for Nursing that I could recite them in my sleep. So wish me luck on my journey on not just my degree, but trying ( and most probably failing) to create a successful blog! L x