Newbie in IL

  1. Hi! I'm a newbie here. I'm a 25 yr old stay at home mom of 3 little ones (ages 5, 3, and 1) and I have decided to go back to school! I'm going to start by taking one or two courses at a time before applying to my local nursing program. I can't wait to learn everything I can here!!! I also look forward to sharing my journey with others in the same boat as me.

    Oh and by the way...can I also say that I am completely intimidated by the whole process so far! I haven't even gone in to speak with a counsler yet.

    I should add that my end goal is to be a CNM. It's going to be a long road, but I'm very excited to get started (even if very slowly).

    ~Bethany
    Last edit by *Bethany* on Dec 30, '06
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   MommyJoy
    Bethany,

    I started college for the first time in 2000. I was 29, married, and a stay at home mome with a 2 year old and a 5 month old. I took 2-3 classes a semester and usually 1 each summer. It took me 4 years to get my prereqs finished. In 2002, my hubby and I had another baby, and I continued to take classes. Now it is 2006, and I have just finished my junior year of nursing school. In January I will be a senior, 35 years old, still married, with kids who are now 8, 6, and 4! School has been very challenging, yet extremely rewarding. I am glad that I made the decision to go part time, because it allowed me time with my family, plus 1/2 the workload at school. I think I would have folded had I gone full time. Although the journey has been long, you can't finish if you never start. I will graduate just about the same time our youngest is ready for kindergarten, which is perfect for us. Good luck with everything. You can do it. I was terrified when I started. I had no clue about college and felt very intimidated with the whole process. You can do it, and do well at that. I have been an honor student all the way through. In the long run, you will be a blessing to your family with good pay, and a variety of shifts you can work. Let me know if you have any questions. By the way, I am in OK, and our little girl is named Bethany!
  4. by   Tweety
    Nice to meet you. Welcome to Allnurses!
  5. by   *Bethany*
    Thank you for the welcomes.

    Mommyjoy, it's good to hear about someone who was just as scared as me to start (and with small children too!) and is now in their jr year. It gives me hope.
  6. by   nnurlaw
    Don't give up!!!! This is the greatest career for moms. I have provided for my family, returned to school for a graduate degree, and been blessed with the privilage of taking care of so many. What a job!!!
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Hi Bethany and welcome. I live near Peoria and want to say you will learn lots here. Take care.
  8. by   Pixiesmom
    Hi Bethany! I'm in east central Illinois. It's nice to see another Illinois future nurse representing here. :spin:

    I'm finishing up my pre-req's and hope to start the nursing program at my school in fall of '08. I remember being so scared to make the first step, but after that first step they all get easier. Feel free to stop by the pre-nursing forum if you haven't already there's a great wealth of information to be found on this entire site.

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