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Interview where I must wear Spanx vs. essay where I can let it hang out?

Friday, March 15, 2013

I applied to two nursing schools, one that has a group interview, which the advisor described as a Miss America pageant ("Dress well, but don't be nervous," she said!) The other has a proctored essay. I've known for 6 weeks the interview would be on April 8th - it is the actual reason I decided to join Spark.

I just today received an invitation for a proctored essay at the other college on April 6th.

The feminist part of me wants to believe the school that takes the essays is a better school because it judges on brains, not beauty. Alas, it's not really true. I just want it to be true because it's only 20 minutes from my house. I'd be doing clinicals in a neighborhood where it would actually be reasonable for me to drive on a daily basis.

The group interview is at a college an hour away. It's frankly a better school. I was sort of hoping the decisions would be far enough apart so I would already have said yes to one before the other made an offer (if I were lucky enough to be accepted by both).

But I DID go try on skirts at a Goodwill to match my snazzy houndstooth jacket and I come very, very close to fitting perfectly in a brand new size 8. I actually have room in the waist. The liner is too tight in the thighs area. I think I can lose enough in the next 3 weeks to make that comfortable. If not, I'll run out and buy a Spanx or something. (If I were wearing pants there'd be NO WAY I could fit in an 8 yet, Spanx or no Spanx but that's another story.)

Spanx. Sheesh! Who named that? Not a feminist! Some man who is implying our rears are more spankable when they are squished into some extruded and molded rubber product that came off a Firestone tractor tire assembly line? (Imagine me snorting like a horse here... a behavior I will really have to learn to control before the group interview.)

At least I've now lost enough weight so I no longer need any steel belting under that molded, extruded rubber Spanx.
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    Yes, Spanx does sound a bit off the wall but I bet it's a shortened form of Spandex. That's just a guess but it makes sense. (at least to me!) As far as the schools go, is there any way you can determine which has the higher rate of successful placements after graduation? Close is nice, especially with the price of gas now, but if in the long run you'll have a better chance of employment with the longer drive one, it may be worth it in the long run. Tough decision.
    1828 days ago
    Once AGAIN,

    Another Great Blog.. I love your thinking and how you share your journey.. Oh the grand interview process. How intimidating & exciting! Nursing school emoticon emoticon You'll get in I just know it!

    I didn't come to Spark People for an interview but it was the confidence that I gained from SPARK PEOPLE that inspired me to go back to school. Be very proud of yourself. So pro-active!

    Hmmmmm as what to wear .. 'SPANX'? What a Name! Good grief! Your not gonna believe this but Wikipedia says the company was founded by a woman! Sara Blakely does that make me feeling less offended .. I think not!

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    1830 days ago
    and what if you go to the group interview dressed up and they ask you how much Spanx you have on underneath?? I've never been in that position so I can't advise... but hope the weight comes off enough that you do look good for the big day. Maybe eat lots of celery, parsley, cucumber, watermelon pineapple a few days before to help pull out any extra water that happens to be lining your thighs as well???

    Go for i!!
    1831 days ago
    Having worked in several health care facilities(including a very prestigious teaching hospital) I'm actually happy that a nursing school looks at appearance. Some of the nurses in these facilities were morbidly obese. Hard to believe they are working in health care and have so little regard for their own health. I currently work as a home health aide and many of our younger LNAs and nurses are horribly overweight. I have had problems with my weight since junior high, but I would never let myself get that much out of control.
    I would go for both interviews and go with the school which seems most honest to you.
    1832 days ago
    Good luck, whichever one you choose.
    1832 days ago
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