New and Nervous - page 2

Hello, I'm a middle aged man who is trying to make a career shift into nursing. I'm currently a freelance writer, something I've been doing for many years. Since freelancing pays somewhat... Read More

  1. by   OldMister
    Jnette,

    Thank you very much for the very inspiring response to my message. I find that the more responses I receive, the more motivated I am. It's a truly valuable resource to have, this medium.

    I'm not discouraged at all about my age. I WAS curious about whether I'd be discriminated against, but I'm more confident in my abilities and my drive than I've ever been. The math thing, though...Oy! See, it's not that I haven't done math in many years. It's that I NEVER had the foundation to begin with. When I was in high school, I had to take pre-algebra. I simply couldn't (at that point in my life) "get it." My teacher tutored me three days a week, privately, but I still made 3 or 5 out of 100 on my tests. This was largely due to my juvenile attitude of "If I'm not interested in it or think I'll ever use it again, I'm not going to learn it." It was also due to the fact that I had sleepwalked through math ever since about the fifth or sixth grade. So my foundations were laid on termite-infested wood. Beyond basic adding, subtracting, etc., I'm lost. It's clear that I'm going to have to do a TON of prep work before I even get near the math/science prerequisites for nursing school, or I'll get eaten alive.

    That being said, I truly, truly believe that I now have the maturity to apply myself and that I CAN do this. I'm also grateful that the math/science prerequisites are done away with FIRST, and then I can concentrate on the core nursing subjects. If I had math hanging over my head throughout nursing school, I think I'd despair.

    Oh, and thank you VERY much for the "Made Incredibly Easy" recommendations. I plan to follow your advice and avail myself of such resources. I'll need all the help I can get, trust me.
  2. by   OldMister
    John, thank you very much for your reply. You are a good example of what I've encountered on this site: graciousness and patience. I truly appreciate it. And rest assured, I'll keep everyone posted on my progress!
  3. by   OldMister
    I forgot one important point in my history of math saga: my teacher GAVE me a grade of "C" at the end of the year because she said, "Frankly, I know you've been knocking yourself out to try and learn this, but for some reason, you just haven't gotten it. I'm not going to throw you back in the water and force you to sit through this class again with someone who might not be as patient as I've been." She based this merciful act on my frequent and sincere statement,
    "My family can't afford to send me to college, and I am never going to study this stuff again, anyway!" So that's how I made it out of high school without ever learning any higher math. I'm a-payin' for it now, to be sure!:stone
  4. by   jnette
    Quote from OldMister
    Jnette,

    Thank you very much for the very inspiring response to my message. I find that the more responses I receive, the more motivated I am. It's a truly valuable resource to have, this medium.

    My teacher tutored me three days a week, privately, but I still made 3 or 5 out of 100 on my tests. This was largely due to my juvenile attitude of "If I'm not interested in it or think I'll ever use it again, I'm not going to learn it." It was also due to the fact that I had sleepwalked through math ever since about the fifth or sixth grade.

    That being said, I truly, truly believe that I now have the maturity to apply myself and that I CAN do this.
    That sounds sooooooooooooooo familiar... heh.... Wonder why?

    I was the SAME way !!! (mostly with the chemistry, however).
    But I didn't WANT it then ! For THIS , however, I wanted it ! And that's what made ALL the difference !!! Where there is a WILL... trust me, there is a WAY ! Ya gotta want it first. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it ! I actually found it INTERESTING and a challenge !

    So yes, things change... we learn what we WANT to learn.. and it becomes a joy.

    GO FOR IT, my friend ! You can DO this !
  5. by   MryRose
    Quote from OldMister
    Mary Rose, thank you for your words of encouragement and your buoyant attitude...a real inspiration.

    I seem to have unintentionally struck a nerve with several people on this message board with my phrase "middle aged." I would just gently point out that I directed that phrase at myself, never at anyone else. I myself have no qualms about seeing myself as middle aged. I have no desire to try and convince myself that I'm still a youth; my body reminds me otherwise every single morning! And besides, the average lifespan of a US white male is currently about 76-80 years, from what I've read. That would put me, at 44, firmly in the "middle" of my life age. So if anyone is offended at my self-description, well, I never aimed it at you! Thank you again (and everyone else!) for writing and encouraging me. It's very motivating.

    Golly Jeepers! No offense here.... I was just kiddin' with ya.

    Personally I LOVE being in my 40's and am totally looking forward to what life brings me at every stage.

    Life is great! Go for it! :hatparty:

    Hugs!
    MaryRose

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