Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 2

Hi, I'm currently working on obtaining my BSN in nursing. Before this degree, I pursued a BA in education. I thought that I wanted to be a teacher. After all it was something that I'd wanted to do... Read More

  1. by   HARRN2b
    Yikes! I am 46 and I probably am too old, but what am I going to do. My aunt is 90 years old and still out traveling. Should I sit on the rocking porch now?
  2. by   santhony44
    I started with a BA and didn't want to teach. So I got an LPN diploma and went right on through to my ADN. I was 26 when I got that.

    I got my BSN 10 years after that! Then my MN a couple of years later.

    I won't rule out getting a doctorate at some point, and I'm 21 years older than you right now!

    I've known people in their 30's and 40's and above go to nursing school and even medical school (which is usually a longer time commitment). People who have been other things- I know a 50-plus former mechanic nursing student right now.

    I also knew of a guy who was a dentist in his 30's or 40's. He quit dentistry to go to medical school. Someone asked him why, when he had decided to be a dentist? He replied that "I didn't decide to be a dentist, an 18 year old kid decided I would be a dentist, and I want to be a doctor!"

    Our lives change, we change. As someone else said, it's only too late to go vack to school when you're dead.
  3. by   suzy253
    I started nursing school 3 years ago at age 50. I'm now a new RN at age 53. Never, ever too late or too old.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from anouk
    The one that really bugs me is everyone saying that I'm simple to old to go back to school. Should I be offended? Has anyone else heard someone say they were to old?
    Most nursing students can be categorized as nontraditional (over age 25 and from the working classes).
  5. by   slou!
    No way! My mom is 47 and is thinking about going to school for Nursing. I think it would be a huge mistake to not go back to school! I say who cares how old you are! You are never too old to go back to school. No matter how old you are when you become a nurse, think about it, you accomplished it! You will probably regret it your whole life if it is something you wanted to do and you never did it. My nieghbor who is 80 told me the only thing she really regrets in life is not going to Nursing School. Since you already graduated college, you probably did some of the pre-reqs already. For example for my Nursing program it's required that we take things like Eng.101 and Soc105, etc. So you probably already did a lot of those. Good luck!
  6. by   MSADN
    I'm 47 and in my first semester of nursing. I'll be 49 when I graduate. I was going to be 49 anyway, so ....
  7. by   RN007
    Lord, no, Honey. I'm 47 and will be 48 when I get my RN next year. Follow your gut -- it's God speaking to you.
  8. by   alabama
    Im 47 and getting ready to start prereqs after working behind a desk for 20 years!
  9. by   rclimbr
    At 26 I was no where near ready to settle down and go to nursing school. (or any other formal thing) I am 34 now and about halfway though school. I am now a serious student and have a fairly good GPA. I did have a lot of fun in my twenties and don't regret any of it. I think GW Bush waited to get a "real job" until he was in his thirties also.
    You are never too old to learn new things.
  10. by   Tweety
    You're just a baby.
  11. by   nightingale1969
    Oh my goodness no.

    I'm in a part-time ADN program with a lot of career changers, myself included. Average age is probably late 30's, with some of us in our 50's. I'm 37. So just go for it and STOP MAKING US ALL FEEL SO OLD, WILL YA??
  12. by   Wise Woman RN
    I was 38 when I started my prereqs... *S* You can do it... I graduated at 41, summa cum laude... I think being older helped with doing well in school.
  13. by   mrsalby
    LOLOL I almost fell of my chair. OHHHH what I would give to be 26 again. Heck no You are not too old. Some theorists say people will go through three careers in their life time. I am 39 and and will finish RN next semester and hope to keep going and earn my NP. So more power to you and keep up the good work. My Grandpa told me that getting an education is like a lifetime credit card that no one can ever take away. Hold your head up and be proud!

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