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  1. Hi everyone!!! i was feeling depressed until I read everyones messages. I am 35 and in my first year of an ADN program and all my classmates are in their 20"s. I have come home many times crying feeling like such a failure and ready to just quit. But, I just try and take it day by day and not worry about who's the smartest and why they seem to get it and I don't. GOOD LUCK and hope to here from someone.
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  3. by   Nancy1
    Hi Books,
    I give you a lot of credit. I know that it is hard to go back to a learning mode after years out of school.
    But I suggest that you take a few minutes and reflect on all you have done in thosse years to help prepare you for this phase of your life. I personally feel that we do not give ourselves enough credit for the things we have done prior to nursing school.
    I did this when I returned to school. I related my life history to almost every part of the curriculum and somehow it made it easier for me. I admit, some of my instructors asked me how I could have so many stories, my reply, I've done a lot of living. The younger students in my class would come to me and say that my stories helped them put things into perspective for them. I feel that stories are easier to remember.
    Being 35 you will have a lot more self confidence than your younger peers. I remember what I was like in my 20's nothing like I am today at 50. Life is a challenge, and I applaud your effort and I know you will be successful, because, it sounds like you are a person not afraid to ask questions. And believe me, knowing what question to ask is a gift. Good luck. NA
  4. by   books
    THANKS SO MUCH!!!

    This is exactly what we all need, the support and feedback of new and former students that have the everyday frustrations of nursing and also our everyday struggles to hold everything together in our personal lives. Hope to here from someone!!
  5. by   KarenH
    Books, I am also from Illinois. I am no where near entering the nursing program. I still have a few classes to take. Looking forward to it tho. Stay in touch and hang in there.
  6. by   Peggy8
    Books,

    Don't be soooo hard on yourself...being an older student has many advantages You are more mature and have your life experiences..I am doing my pre reqs and last semester I took my Human Growth and Development...did you know we become more intelligent as we age and continue to learn...see a lot of people think as we age we loss intelligence and that is not the case...it has been proven....what holds an older student back is FEAR The way society looks at older students....school is for kids who are just outta high school...just take a deep breath and chill out....you will soon see that you can succeed just as much or better than the 20 yr olds....Let us older students all give each other a hug and a pat on each others back and most of all be here for each other... Peggy8
  7. by   angelaADSN
    Hi books! I am 23 years old, married with 3 kids! I am in my sophmore year of nursing in the ADN program. I get to feeling like that at times too, however I don't think it's the age that is an issue. I think it's the responsibilities each student has on them outside of class! Tending to the husband, kids school, grocery shopping and so on. But who has time for all that when your studying all the time. In the end you will look back at school and realize what a great accomplishment you have done. I have thought many times of just quitting because I am so tired of the pressure and the work I put into it and no time for myself or family but I just keep reminding myself of the reward in the end! Well good luck and keep trying!

  8. by   ALMOSTANRN
    Originally posted by books:
    Hi everyone!!! i was feeling depressed until I read everyones messages. I am 35 and in my first year of an ADN program and all my classmates are in their 20"s. I have come home many times crying feeling like such a failure and ready to just quit. But, I just try and take it day by day and not worry about who's the smartest and why they seem to get it and I don't. GOOD LUCK and hope to here from someone.
    Hi! I know how you feel, but I made it and so can you! I just graduated june 2. Don't worry if ppl get better grades than you just be the best nurse you can be. I did pretty well grade wise but there's always that person who gets all A's and makes sure everyone knows it, well I got a job before any of them and didn't always get A's. So keep up the good work, if you ever have any questions let me know. janet RN
  9. by   Nancy1
    Hi Allmostan RN,
    I remember times sitting in my car wanting to give it all up when I was a first semester senior. I was 40 when I started, but I wasn't the oldest, she was 60. Hang in there and don't let those youngsters intiminate you. E-mail me if you like, I will be happy to listen, NA
  10. by   traumaRUs
    I was 34 when I graduated with my LPM and 36 with my RN. I did all my pre-reqs overseas in three different locations in two countries. It took a long time, but now six years later, it was well worth it. I agree with the above posts that life experience is worth a lot. I've been an ER nurse for four years now and we were just talking yest about how being a nurse is a lot like being a mom and how much life experience feeds into that. Good Luck. Judi
  11. by   Linda LPN
    Hey Books, just wanted you to know you made my day. I JUST came back from signing up at the college to complete what I started 13 yrs ago, my RN degree. While I was standing in line, all I could see were these kids all around me. I thought to myself, what am I doing here, I felt so out of place. Actually, I'm a little excited about going back. Good luck to you!
  12. by   Caseyrnbsn
    Books,
    Hang in there! It will be worth it I promise you!!! Being an older student you will do great with your patients, you have the maturity and life experience to emphathize. If you need a hand E-mail me. I teach Nursiing also and I myself am going back to school.It will get easier(someday). Just take one day at atime. Not all days will be BAD.
  13. by   janleb
    Hi books,
    I am almost 35 (34) and have three children, I am glad I waited until now. I am going through a two year program and most students in my class are married with children and over 25. Life experiences have made me more ready for nursing than anything else,knowing, compassion, empathy, years have made me wiser and more confident. Hang in there no matter what the age you all are there for the same reason. J
    Originally posted by books:
    Hi everyone!!! i was feeling depressed until I read everyones messages. I am 35 and in my first year of an ADN program and all my classmates are in their 20"s. I have come home many times crying feeling like such a failure and ready to just quit. But, I just try and take it day by day and not worry about who's the smartest and why they seem to get it and I don't. GOOD LUCK and hope to here from someone.

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