Make yourself a list of pros and cons. Where I live (a teeny tiny rural area) the only way to become a nurse is through the community college. It is a 3 year ADN RN program. With financial aid and scholarships
, I am getting my degree for free. The regional university offers a completely online RN to BSN program for about $9,000, and it will take me 1.5-2 years to complete after I have finished my ADN in December 2013. So, it will take me 5 years (versus 4) to get my BSN, and assuming I don't get any more financial aid, I will be out $9,000 for my bachelor's degree. Even if I lived somewhere where I could have done the 4 year university BSN, I think I would still pick the route I am on now. I went to a university right out of high school for 2 years. This was before I knew I wanted to be a nurse, so I was just taking gen-ed courses. I hated it. Most of my classes had 300-600 students. I had to take out student loans which I owe about 25k on, all for nothing... I eventually had to drop out because I got married to someone in the military and we moved 600 miles away to the middle of nowhere (our current location). My community college, aside from being cheap, is awesome. I know all of my instructors and classmates, and they all know me. I can easily get help. I don't feel lost in a sea of people like I did at the university. I have told my younger sister who is in high school countless times, to do her gen-eds/pre-reqs at a community college for cheap, then transfer to a university and pay the big bucks once you actually know what you want to do. The small class sizes of a community college are more conducive to raising your GPA than university classes would be. I would know. I was a A student in high school, then when I started at the university, I got mostly C's and a few B's. At my current school, I have a 3.9 GPA. Definitely talk to a counselor at the university and the community college regarding what would be the best route for you to take. And definitely keep up with the Spanish. While I lost my fluency years ago, I have had Spanish-speaking patients cry tears of joy because apparently I was the first person they could communicate with and understand during their hospital stay. Good luck!