So I'm about to be 24 in May and I just BARELY started getting everything together for college (yes, 5 years later). I will be attending evening courses at Oakton Community College to begin my pre-reqs for nursing, however, I'll be stuck doing a couple lower level course before the actual ones (i.e., pre math which is "mat060"). That is because it's been THAT long and the education level has drifted away from my memory, like literally. I am a mother to a 2 year old and I work full-time and honestly, I have NO choice but to work FT because I'm the only one able to provide. I'm feeling very overwhelmed, discouraged, sad, hopeless, confused and etc because I have SO much to do for the career I'm dreaming of as a RN. For one, it's going to take me a minimum of 3 years to complete all the needed pre-reqs before applying to a 2 year RN program for my associates because I'll be going to school PT. I'm going crazy for many reasons and although I'm thinking WAY ahead, it's what I HAVE to prepare myself with. First things first: If and when I'm in a 2 year RN program, I won't be able to work FT as I am now (from what I hear) and that will be merely impossible as I'm the head of the household. Secondly, by the time I'm done with the 2 year RN program for an associated, NO hospitals will be hiring anyone UNLESS you've got your bachelor's. Again, I know I'm thinking way ahead but I must prepare myself now and figure out what and ANY options I may have to get this all done. PLease help! Any advice, opinions, options, tips, etc would help!
NEW CCC student beginning her pre-reqs Spring 2012