What differences do you notice in younger students vs. older students? - page 3

I'm curious as to whether or not those of you in school see a trend in the other students in your class. Such as (and these are only examples): do you see younger students not being as... Read More

  1. by   julieftRN
    Quote from alk3rainbow
    Nope but there sure is a significant difference from Chicago. It might not be the south persay, but the rural environment instead. The high schools out here have a 50% drop out rate...and in my class of 30 people, there was maybe one other girl who had never been married and didn't have kids. So stereotypical perhaps, but it has been my experience that people in certain areas do marry younger and have children at younger ages.

    Well I grew up in Orlando, FL and am now living in Mississippi and let me tell you that there were more girls pregnant in (my very prominant) high school than any of the girls here in "rural" mississippi. It all has to do with parenting, not because you live in a "rural" area. The parents in Florida were more concerned about their money than their kids (in my area). Most kids where I live now, come from well established homes and a good support system. Just because you have one experience does not mean you should give a stereotype to all.
  2. by   Cherish
    I'm 21, and have been independent since I was 17 (joined the Army at that age). I knew that my mom, couldn't simply pay for my education, nor would I put her through that. So I joined up served my country and did my duty, that MOST people don't do. Decided I wanted the military to pay for my schooling (and they are boy are they! lol). I've seen the typical, daddy dearest type of kids at school, and the adults that act like since there adults, and married with kids that they should have be exempt from certain situations. It all depends not on age, but on the mental capacity and ability. I've seen some REALLY dumb adults, and 'kids' (18-22), so that tells me its not age but how they are raised. BTW I do go to clubs and party (military people KNOW how to party, and still make it to formation at 6 in the morning and run 3-4 miles lol), but it doesn't affect my abilities at school, nor do I brag about it in class or to students. You may ask how I do it, but having fun shouldn't interfere with your studying habits or in retaining information. I see it as I'm only this age once in my life, so have fun while I can Everyone else should too, in whatever they do as long as they don't take it overboard and know the consequences.
    Last edit by Cherish on May 26, '04
  3. by   Altra
    Quote from Cherish
    (military people KNOW how to party, and still make it to formation at 6 in the morning and run 3-4 miles lol.
    HA! So true, so true ...
  4. by   RNKITTY04
    MLOS,
    Couldnt help but notice your recent loss. Please accept my condolences. Last post I read of yours, you were trying to figure how to get kitty to the vet. Can I ask what happened?

    BTW I was born and raised in the Burg what part are you from?
  5. by   Cherish
    Sorry to hear of your lost also, Pittsburgh GO STEELERS! lol
  6. by   Star Trek Nerd
    Quote from CNM2B
    I'm curious as to whether or not those of you in school see a trend in the other students in your class. Such as (and these are only examples): do you see younger students not being as serious...out partying a lot? Do you see older students being easily frustrated with the younger ones? I think you get what I mean here....I didn't notice a whole lot of them when I started my pre-req's. For the most part, everyone was respectful of everyone else. I wondered if this is the norm. or maybe my school is so small that it isn't quite as bad or maybe it will get worse (and cliquey according to age) once I start the actual nursing program...........
    I'm 25 but have never partied or gone out on test nights, etc. etc. Actually I don't party, period. I'm very boring. But I definitely do notice that a lot of my peers party and go out, then try to beg notes and advice before the next quiz or whatever.

    And speaking from personal experience, classmates my age or younger tend to skip more classes...myself included.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Star Trek Nerd
    But I definitely do notice that a lot of my peers party and go out, then try to beg notes and advice before the next quiz or whatever.
    I know. Hence the reason why i reply "sorry i do not feel right handing out freebies".
  8. by   Altra
    Cherish & RNKitty04: thanks so much for asking about my cat - it's very kind of you! Here's Sheeba's story ...

    Sheeba was part of the family for 15 years. She was a surprise gift from my then-boyfriend-now-hubby. She's seen it all - several moves, the arrival of our second cat Cleo, black lab Lucy, and the arrival of our daughter. She liked it best when she was an "only child" but she adjusted! :chuckle Back in January I noticed that she was losing weight so I took her to the vet and was told that she had a large tumor on her kidney and that surgery wasn't really advisable due to her age and compromised renal status. Apparently cats are notorious for not being symptomatic until their disease is really advanced. We had her treated with fluids and antibiotics, but made the decision not to pursue any other measures. She did really well for a while - she regained some weight and was back to many of her usual tricks. But last week she suddenly started spending most of her time under one of the chairs in the living room, only coming out when we coaxed her out. Over the weekend she stopped eating & drinking. I had to talk w/my 10-year old and let her know the reality of the situation.

    On Monday I was with a home health nurse as part of a clinical assignment and was majorly stressing over not even having a day this week to call the vet and decide what to do. But it turned out that the nurse I was assigned to be with only had 3 patients on her schedule. I got home much earlier than I expected and had to pull Sheeba out from under the chair. I kind of made the decision right then. I bawled most of the way to the vet's office.

    This has been really hard. It's kind of subdued around here, but life goes on. My daughter keeps thinking up silly things that Sheeba might be doing in "kitty heaven", like eating all the tuna she can, or chasing endless pieces of crumpled up paper (one of her favorite games). Or simply staring at a spot on the wall until she makes you look.

    Thanks guys, for your thoughts. You're the best!

    RNKitty04: I now live not too far from the Pittsburgh airport, although I've lived in several areas in & around Pittsburgh. How about you? Go Steelers - only 2 months till training camp!

    OK, now back to the original thread ...
  9. by   suzy253
    As an older (!) student, I'm tired! :chuckle

    MLOS...I noticed your post too. So sorry about your kitty. I'm a cat lover--presently have 5...and have been thru some very very difficult decision-making experiences (unpleasant of course) in the past. Hugzzzz to you my fellow diploma student!
  10. by   Altra
    {{{{Hugs}}}} back at ya, Suzy!
  11. by   zambezi
    Quote from Cherish
    ...I've seen the typical, daddy dearest type of kids at school, and the adults that act like since there adults, and married with kids that they should have be exempt from certain situations. It all depends not on age, but on the mental capacity and ability. I've seen some REALLY dumb adults, and 'kids' (18-22), so that tells me its not age but how they are raised. BTW I do go to clubs and party (military people KNOW how to party, and still make it to formation at 6 in the morning and run 3-4 miles lol), but it doesn't affect my abilities at school, nor do I brag about it in class or to students. You may ask how I do it, but having fun shouldn't interfere with your studying habits or in retaining information. I see it as I'm only this age once in my life, so have fun while I can Everyone else should too, in whatever they do as long as they don't take it overboard and know the consequences.
    Cherish, I agree with your statements. I also started school fairly young...graduated not too long ago at 23. We had people younger and people older. I think that all ages are a benefit to nursing... Both the younger and older students can do well, as cherish stated, it has to do with ability/life circumstances/priorities at the time, not age...I totally agree that it is possible to have fun (and yes, even party) while in nursing school. I did well in school, had fun when I wanted to, played college sports, had a job...you name it. Someone older is probably also busy with what they do-families, kids, jobs (partying???I know it happens )...I have seen both younger and older students pass and fail...generalizations can be made for any and all age groups...While interesting and entertaining to point out the differences between the ages, I personally do not think that age alone will determine if someone will succeed in the profession. If someone isn't ready for the rigors of studying and nursing, it isn't their age that is going to keep them from accomplishing their goals-it just may not be the right time for them... As far as trends go for the ages (here I go generalizing)... the younger students are just coming out to learn who they are, what they want, still experiementing, some are studious, some are out to have fun, some are both...older students can, of couse, still be learning who they are but generally have a few more responsibilites (house, jobs, payments, kids, families, etc)...of couse they have more life experience to draw from...I didn't see any difference on grades or study habits per se...every person has different priorites when it comes to school...some of the older students are struggling to realearn whole studying/reading school thing again...while the kids fresh out of high school are already in "learning" or test taking mode....I think that it is very individualized!
    Last edit by zambezi on May 26, '04
  12. by   earthflower
    Quote from alk3rainbow
    I dunno the 20 somethings and the 30 somethings seem to kind of blend in at my school though, most of them got married at 17 and have ten kids already anyways. It is hard to make friends when you are the only unmarried childless person out there. I guess I shouldn't have moved to the south.
    HAHA! That's really funny. I'm in my second semester at a community college, and out of a class of almost 40 I'm one of the only students without kids. And most of these girls are alot younger than me. The topic of conversation a couple weeks ago was how far along pregnant everyone was at their prom, lol. I just can't relate. The other day I was talking to a girl in my class who is a grandmother at 35, and she just couldn't believe I'd been married for two whole years and didn't have kids yet. It must be the south!
  13. by   Energizer Bunny
    Aside from the generalizing the south, I really love the responses here and I am so glad that everyone has been open-minded and realized that I was not trying to make a distinction one way or the other on any certain "group" or "clique" of people. I am really enjoying hearing about your observations....thank you!

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