It was definitely always a plan of mine to go back to school, so when I felt like my kids were old enough, it was my turn to do this for me. I was a bit nervous going in, but at Texas County one of their mottos is something like there’s always someone there to help, and there really is.
"Each and every one of those teachers truly cared about what was going on with their students. I grew tremendously as a person, mentally, emotionally, intellectually in nursing school. I realized that out in the workforce I could handle a lot more than I ever thought I would be able to as far as knowledge, stress, and endurance. TCTC just gave me that confidence."
“Going back to nursing school was a huge leap for me. I was fearful at the beginning because it had been so long since I had been in school. I had my children young and I waited until they got bigger and a little bit more self-sufficient. It was definitely always a plan of mine to go back to school, so when I felt like my kids were old enough, it was my turn to do this for me. I was a bit nervous going in, but at Texas County one of their mottos is something like ‘there’s always someone there to help’, and there really is.
Whenever I came in and talked with Clarice, in the beginning I was questioning my age. I’m 40 years old, and the girls I saw around me were in their mid twenties. I looked at Clarice and said ‘I don’t know, maybe this isn’t the right decision for me. Maybe I’m biting off a little bit more than I can chew.’ And she laughed and said ‘Absolutely not. We graduated a woman that was 65 years old a few years ago. We need nurses of every age. Not only do we need young nurses, but we need nurses with some life experience. You’re still in the prime of your life.’ And when I left I just thought you know what she’s right, but it is a little scary.
“My first class was Anatomy and I thought ‘Oh no. This is the biggest heaviest book I’ve ever seen.’ And the whole time I was questioning how I was going to do this. But Coach Gray has got to be one of the best teachers I have had in my entire life. He is a combination of the really cool teacher and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. Anybody who can act out an Anatomy class has got to be so smart! I mean, I don’t know if there was ever a question about the body that he didn’t know the answer to. In lab, I would see him sit with students individually if they were struggling, and he would explain the entire system we were working on from the beginning to the end. If it took 30 minutes then it took 30 minutes. He was always so patient with his students and wanted to make sure they all understood the material.
I was a bit nervous going in, but at Texas County one of their mottos is something like 'there’s always someone there to help', and there really is.
We were a small class at TCTC, so we got to know each other and how we all worked. The instructors got to know us, and the more they got to know us the more they knew what would and would not benefit us. They knew what we needed to work on and what we had mastered. Each and every one of those teachers truly cared about what was going on with their students. I grew tremendously as a person, mentally, emotionally, intellectually in nursing school. I realized that out in the workforce I could handle a lot more than I ever thought I would be able to as far as knowledge, stress, and endurance. TCTC just gave me that confidence.”
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"Now that I am an instructor, I am reminded of the importance of small class sizes. Our class sizes are usually between 20-30 students and there are plenty of instructors for students. As a student, I could always go to instructors to ask for help and talk to them, and now I aim to do the same for my students. I chose TCTC mostly because of the location and the ability to work full time and go to school full time, but once I got here I got to know everybody and they all wanted to see their students succeed because we live in the same town and they want the community to succeed."Read full story
"Texas County made me feel like I can accomplish so much more. At first when I went to LPN school I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to graduate and I thought it would be too hard, but now I feel like I could go on to RN school and get my BSN. They just really put the confidence in me to do all of that"Read full story
"I worked three days a week, went to classes one day a week, and clinicals one day a week, and the other two days I spent studying. I had my daughter during Christmas break of my RN year, so she was so little which made it easy to get most of my stuff done. I’m glad that I have the job security now and I can support her in anything she wants to do because of it. "Read full story
"Clarice and Chelsye will do absolutely everything they can to find financial help for you. They set me up with programs and grants and all kinds of things that made my whole experience there free. While it is a little more costly, they do more for you than other schools when it comes to finding you assistance. TCTC is a nursing school, so they know what kind of help nurses can get, where other schools that try to juggle all kinds of programs simply don’t care about helping you get aid."Read full story
"Coming to TCTC for nursing school was the best decision I’ve ever made because they worked so well with my schedule. My two girls always come first and TCTC allowed me to go to school as a full-time student while still working as a full-time med-surg nurse with 40 plus hours a week and I could still be a full-time mom without missing out on important events in my daughters’ lives. Not many nursing schools allow you to do that. I felt so loved and welcomed at that school and I honestly did not have one bad part at TCTC."Read full story