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Norman answered: I am glad to hear you are healthy, Elise! I recommend that you use this year to do two things: 1) take an academic course or two related to your area of interest to show recent academic performance and 2) do some kind of volunteer or community work relating to health care. Though these things will be in progress when you first apply, you can report them on your applications and provide an update or two as the year progresses. As a side note (and you may have done this already), be sure that you have all the prerequisites under your belt for the nursing programs you're interested in. Many schools require that certain courses be completed as a prerequisite to being admitted.

Judy asked: My 23-year-old son is in the USAF in Iraq as an airborne cryptological linguist. He gets out in January and wants to finish his bachelor's degree and get his master's degree in computer science. Since we live in California, his first choice is Berkeley. The problem is, UC does not recognize the credits he has worked hard to get during his military stay. Most out of state schools do recognize them, just not California. He's very motivated to get his degree from a top school, like Berkeley. Is there anything he can do to see about getting UC to accept his credits and getting accepted at Berkeley? He's spent the last four years defending his country in a war zone, while spending his small down time to further his education. It would be a shame his home state wouldn't accept his credits, while other states would. Can you give us any advice?

Norman answered: First, thank you to your son for his service, and thank you for your son! If you've checked with Berkeley and they have made it clear that they will not accept these credits -- which I agree is unfortunate -- then I don't know that there is a way around that policy. If you haven't already, contact the registrar's office directly. I also recommend visiting the website of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges at www.soc.aascu.org for a listing of approximately 1,900 institutions of higher education that are committed to recognizing military coursework.

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