Met my classmates - feel like an old fart

  1. Okay, so I'm still a young and spry 27.... but I all of a sudden feel very old.

    The BSN program that I'm going to be attending beginning this summer had a welcome tea Friday afternoon. 40-50 out of the 60 students were there, mostly 20-21 year olds with their parents tagging along (maybe 2 other students my age or older). How embarrassing is this - I found myself more often than not talking to their parents instead of my future classmates! Great!

    I was told by the instructors that this is a particularly young class, and that they have more non-trad students in the ADN program.

    Anyone else in a class situation like this?
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  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   angelac1978
    lol!

    in my rad class last year, there were only 3 of us that were 25 or older. everyone else was 19, 20, 21. Actually, the 2 other women who were older were in their 30's. I was the only one in their mid-20s. It wasn't too bad though. Although it did get old hearing about their weekend drinking binges and then complaining that they were doing so poorly in class!

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  4. by   z's playa
    Oh god I'm not looking forward to listening to all the party talk. I'm not worried about how young they LOOK..just how young they ACT.

    My friends are also going to the same University as me and they want me to go to frosh week. Frosh week? Moi?

    I think not my friend.

    (27)
  5. by   lisamc1RN
    I haven't had orientation yet, but I have some concerns as to how I will relate to my classmates. I hope I'm not the only one that is older. If I am, though, I guess I will try and create an older, wiser aura about me! :chuckle Think they will buy it? :chuckle
  6. by   luckymichelle
    Oh, I hear ya......

    Not only am I *gasp* 26, I am also *gasp* married!!!! LOL!

    Like someone else said... I don't care about how young anyone looks or is, just how they act. I can't relate most of the time. And I also don't smoke, so I don't get to "bond" on the between-class smoking breaks. :imbar
  7. by   LeesieBug
    Try not to worry TOO much. Once school starts I'm sure you will find plenty of people who you get along with, and you'll start to feel less like a dinosaur! :chuckle I felt completely out of my element the first few weeks at the main campus of a large university. But as I got to know some of my classmates it got better. Nursing school is a bonding experience, and you find people to bond with regardless of age.
  8. by   Ned the Red
    Hey, jump right in there and enjoy!! Football games, fraternities and sororities, the senior prom, keggers!! HAH!
  9. by   Truly_Blessed
    You People!!!!! We are not old!!!!!! Late 20s is not old!!!!! LOL!!!!! But I know what you mean....early 20s and late 20s on...there is a big difference in maturity level. Can't wait to see who is in my class!
  10. by   klone
    Okay, now I feel REALLY old. All these posters in this thread who are 24, 25, 26, talking about how old THEY feel. :uhoh21:
  11. by   lisamc1RN
    klone, I'm 33. I think that makes me the official "oldtimer". :chuckle


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    Okay, now I feel REALLY old. All these posters in this thread who are 24, 25, 26, talking about how old THEY feel. :uhoh21:
  12. by   PSUNURS05
    I am 26 and finishing my 2nd bachelors degree. (one year left) There are only about 3 or 4 people my age or older. It is hard for me to make friends with people my age let alone younger. I never did the bar scene when I was working on my 1st degree and don't really like it now. I am a loner. My "age" is an asset I think. I got an externship in an ICU because I was "older." They actually perferred older students.
    Last edit by PSUNURS05 on May 24, '04
  13. by   manna
    I'm really not THAT concerned about it... but I'm socially awkward/shy to begin with, so it had me a little discouraged when I first met everyone. I'm sure it'll be fine once it gets down to the nitty gritty of the real work.

    Add to the fact that not only am I 27, but I'm married (sort of seperated actually) and have 2 little kids... and I REALLY don't have much in common with most of these gals (many of whom overheard talking about their dates and the nightclubs at the welcome tea Friday - ugh).
  14. by   PSUNURS05
    Socially awkward...that's the phrase I was trying to think of when I was thinking of how to describe myself...thank you manna.....

    It's funny, I graduated with my first degree not knowing a single person I graduated with. I go to a very large university. Now I see the same people in every class and know their names.

    My shyness would only concern me if it hindered my clinical performance and it doesn't.

    Best of luck to you all in your nursing education.

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