Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 5

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   RNHawaii34
    you are kidding right? I started college when I was 17, due to some circumstances, I didn't graduate until I was 33 years old. I think 26 years old is just a right age to sta rt goin to college in the first place because you are more mature and you are starting to get your priorities straight ( I hope I am correct?). I know some people in their late 40s came back to school to study again. It's a good move. you will never regret coming back to school, trust me it will pay off later, Goodluck to you :-)
  2. by   julie978
    No!!! Never too old!
    This is my second career, and I am looking at 2 more years of the MSN program at USF starting in JAN at the ripe old age of 36. When you look at HOW DARN LONG it takes to work toward retirement- no you are not too old- I mean I will be working HECK, what? 30 more years, so what is another couple of years in school? Those naysayers that bring up your age- could they be afraid of change or afraid of the changes and empowerment this career will bring you? Or even the jealousy- the time spent focusing on something bigger than they are?
    Good Luck! Julie
  3. by   BernieRN
    I am 47 and still in genreal courses. It's never too late. I would rather not regret later that I didn't try.
  4. by   cherilynn36
    I'm 38, after 12 yrs nursing, 20yrs of marriage and 4 children I'm starting my RN to BSN this month only as a stepping stone to my Master's and CRNP...we all grow older each day but, we choose to grow wiser.
  5. by   DianeMyra
    Yes. But on the bright side, you can become a Walmart greeter.
  6. by   anxious
    I'm 25 just starting LPN school and have a few more prereqs for the RN program. 26 is not too late many people are doing it much older then that.
    Just do it! You'll be pleased that you did.
  7. by   anouk
    Quote from DianeMyra
    Yes. But on the bright side, you can become a Walmart greeter.
    I know that that was a joke and meant as such, but I feel that I must clarify some things. I've been a teacher for about three and a half years. Prior to this year I had been taking my prereqs (part, PART, time of course) at the local community college.

    I am currently working part time as a substitute teacher and going to school as well. When I told my extended family that I wanted tto pursue a career in nursing, they couldn't understand why I would give up teaching.

    I agree with what another poster stated earlier: a lot of people don't understand the 1/4 year life crisis. You get into college (which is a struggle within itself) and at 18 years old you're told to pick a major that is suppose to lead to your "lifelong" career. You go through school and you're not sure what you want to do. Once you are in school, you carry on because of the time and money invested into said future career. Now don't get me wrong I love kids, and I like teaching, but it is not for me.

    Although I don't regret getting my first BA, (going to college was trully one of the best things I've done in my life) I've had several health scares in the last few years that have made me question what I want to do with my life. When I was in college I wanted to study nursing, but because I was halfway through, I told myself that there was no reason to "rock the boat".

    Now that I'm a little older, I want to pursue the career that I envision for myself, not what others think I should be doing.
    Last edit by anouk on Oct 5, '06
  8. by   droadracer
    I received a BS in 1972 and have sent my entire application in for Nursing School...Do I feel I am too old to go back to school?....hell no...it is what I really want to do...it just took me longer than I expected...
  9. by   HeartsOpenWide
    :trout: You are the perfect age.
  10. by   bethin
    I'd rather be 26 and still in school than miserable in my job like so many other people our age. I have come across countless people who commend me for changing career paths at my age. They are miserable in their chosen profession.

    As far as your family, are they paying for your education??? At 26, probably not. Tell them when it's their money they can tell you what to do. Until then, they should be happy you are doing something that is productive to society, noble, respectful, and most of all makes you happy. Do what you want to do, not what others want you to do.
  11. by   icugirl33
    I started nursing school at age 29. Now I will be starting law school at age 34..It's never too late.
  12. by   dijaqrn
    You are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Take it from this new RN, the nursing program at 52 was tough but doable...
    I graduated June 5th after 34 years of on and off college, I had been an LVN for 22 years and something always "came up". I start my first RN position in Urgent Care on Tuesday, tomorrow I leave my last LVN position in OR. I really do still love nursing and I'm looking forward to the next 22 years! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. by   bethin
    Quote from icugirl33
    I started nursing school at age 29. Now I will be starting law school at age 34..It's never too late.
    Your post made me feel better! After nsg school I want to go back to law. I figure I'll be 34 when I graduate law school.

    Never too old to do what makes you happy.

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