Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 8

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   deannastaffdevelopme
    I am 44 year old and will be going back for my PhD. You are never too old to learn. Usually people that make that statement are either ignorant or just uneducated. I teach nursing and have often taught students in their 60's. Do yourself a favor and continue to learn...
  2. by   shailyn
    You are never to old to go to school. I am 52 years old and I am going for my BSN. My kids told me that I was too old, but I love school and I think this is the best thing I could have done. Sometimes a career change is what is needed in life. Just keep going
  3. by   rpangeles
    I'm 57 and in my final year in nursing school. My class has an average age of 30+ and with at least one previous college degree. GO FOR IT!
  4. by   Avery205
    Absolutely not! You're never too old to learn or try something new. Always go with your gut feelings, they will never steer you wrong. I just finished my BSN at age 33. It's my 3rd degree. Sometimes we just have to try some other things out before we figure out what we really want to do when we grow up . As some other people have mentioned, find out if there is an accelerated program in your area for people who already have degrees in other fields. That's what I did, because of my other degrees (and I still had to take prereqs for the program), I was able to complete my BSN in one year. It was a long, hard, stressful year, but was so worth it. I'm sure at some point, I will go back for my MSN, maybe when I'm in my 40's. Once you begin your program, you will find more people who are just like you going back to school for various reasons at all different ages. Do what makes you happy, when you're done, the naysayers just don't get it (perhaps they are even a bit jealous that you have the courage to go back to school to do something you've always wanted to do). Inside they are probably thinking "wow, I wish I could do that".

    GO FOR IT! GOOD LUCK!
  5. by   nrsecarole
    You have got to be kidding me... 26 yrs to old to go to school? I'm 53 yrs and thinking that I want, no need to go back to school. my motto is. When you stop learning you start dying.. Hence the stacks of books by my bed and littering my home...... Go to school, you'll enjoy it more:mortarboard:
  6. by   Brand new RN
    If you're too old in your 20's I'm in really deep doo-doo! I left a husband and a metropolitan area to live the rural life. Nothing job-wise worthy of my time did I find (I worked in the insurance industry in my former life). Fell in love with the elderly and infirm in my little LTC part-time jobs (activities, social services & laundry even) but knew I was worth more than the $8. hr I was being paid...so my solution? Back to school (generals and pre-req's this year) to earn the RN. Hopefully, I'll gain entrance in fall, 2007. Oh, and my age...? A whopping 52!!! (grandma even!)
    Got to love it!
  7. by   Brand new RN
    Hey, I may decide I want the BSN once I finish the RN in a few years...so glad to hear that you're doing it in your 50's!
    You give me inspiration to keep on keepin on!
    Thank you.
  8. by   Chukker
    Yeah, sadly it is true you are too old.

    That is why I am in school getting my Pre-Req's out of the way to start on my Nursing in the Spring at 38.

    I do not know about your area but MN is in need of Rn instructors, you ever think of using both of your degrees simultaneously?
  9. by   jaceygram
    I just graduated in May with my Bachelor's in Nursing. I am 54 years young. I graduated from LPN school in 1985, RN school in 1990, and I am starting my Masters in FNP in Jan. No, child you are not to old!!! Good Luck.
  10. by   dkrn712
    I graduated from nursing school when I was 43yo and had 3 children 1-in high school 1-elementary and 1-preschool. I am thinking of going back to further my education at age 55. GO FOR IT!!!!!
  11. by   duxallinarow
    This future RN will graduate in December with her ADN at the vibrantly young age of 48.
  12. by   eye_care
    26? no its not too late to go back to school..everything is not too late there is still fun and a great challenge to become a great nurse and helping people....go fight win
  13. by   HRLRN
    I went back to nursing school in my mid 40s. I was unhappy with my career and needed a change -- and nursing was it. Never let anyone tell you you are too old. 26 is a baby! Lets say you stay in your present profession (that isn't for you). You'll just get older and older, more and more bitter. Your performance will decline and you'll begin to hate yourself and your students. You won't be a good teacher. If you follow your heart (and granted, your heart may point you in several directions before you get it right) you'll wind up happy and your performance will be great. Plus, we need more nurses! Again, at 26 (or any age) NEVER let anyone tell you you can't do something.... unless its a nurse telling you you can't smoke:wink2:

    Go for it!

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