I am 20 years old, still living at home and currently in my sophomore year at a state university. I applied to the nursing program at my school with a 3.6 gpa..not to bad, I don't think, but I was placed as an alternate for the program that I applied to. I guess, I will find out in a week or two if I am accepted or denied, but here are my plans. I want to retake a few of my B's over next school year, mind you I only have A's and B's no C's. I recently discovered that there was this really good LPN program in my area and I was looking into transferring my credits to this particular school. This LPN program is 14 months and they have and LPN-RN bridge program with this community college (also in my area). Then I want to go ahead and get my bachelors from the same university that I got rejected from because they have a ASN-BSN program. sadly, they do not have an LPN-BSN.
So, why the long route. Well... I have a part time job, neither of my parents have credit cards and I don't have a cosigner. I don't believe that I can take out any loans to pay for school. I am trying to do what I think is best for me here, but my parents want me to go away and pursue my dreams. I keep telling them that I am, it will just be longer than I expected. One of my biggest fears is that I will graduate from college with a lot of student debt and not find a job in my field. I am a sophomore and I have no student loans because I stay home and commute. I do have scholarships and grants, but they are very limited.
What are your thoughts? Am I playing it to safe?