Hi all! I am new to this site and I am a brand new nursing student. I am a retired NYC police officer and a single mom of 4 (2 at home, 2 on their own.) I am excited and terrified all at once!! I am starting my pre-req's in January 2002. I will hopefully be done with them within a year. I guess what I am worried about is the fact that I'll be going to school with people my older kid's ages and I don't wanna be seen as the "old lady!!" I am doing this not only for myself, but I figured after all these years, I cannot preach college to my children if I've not gone myself! Any advice for the new, old woman?
Thanks for letting me get started...I'm sure I'll be here a lot!!
Nov 5, '01
I'm "only" 35 which sometimes seems old enough to me! There are two ladies in their sixties in my class (and they don't look a day over forty) who are wonderful! I think I'm lucky- in a nursing class of 18 there are four men and a wild range in age. We are becoming very close- like family. Every time we have a test we huddle together for comfort. Every time one of us has a bad day, we give care and candy!
The variety in knowledge and skills helps all of us learn better.
I only hope you are so lucky!
Nontraditional learning is definitely on the upswing, so don't be self conscious- just get out there and learn!
Forgot to mention- one of my instructors mentioned she liked the older students best because they were better students. She didn't necessarily mean grades! You can do it- you've already finished one tough career plus raising children!
Last edit by Jacaut on Nov 5, '01