Am I "late"? 22 yrs old starting prereq Jan Am I "late"? 22 yrs old starting prereq Jan | allnurses

Am I "late"? 22 yrs old starting prereq Jan

  1. 1 To start a little about myself:

    I have regretedly wasted about 3 years at my community college (entered in 2013) completing an AA. I left highschool with no ambition, no identity, poor confidence and low self esteem, and no clue on what I wanted to do. My selected major was Mass comm with the intention to become a Public Relations Specialist . I then transferred to FIU but then decided to go back to Miami Dade community college for nursing (my dream is to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner).

    That being said, I turned 22 this month and I am currently enrolled in these courses for the coming spring:
    MAT 1033
    CHM 1033 +Lab
    DEP
    HSC

    (Later- BSC 2085+Lab, BSC 2086+Lab, and I think an optional MCB)

    I know i cannot change the past but im embarrassed abut my situation. I assume that I should have already been done and working by now. If I decided to have started nursing from highschool, I don't think I would be in this current situtation. I still live with my parents and I am not working since I plan on attending full time.

    Assuming things go well (get good gpa, pass hesi, get accepted)

    I will be 23 years old when I'm able to start MDC's nursing program in 2018 spring.

    Is this late? If so, what are some tips on finishing classes as early as possible?
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  2. 52 Comments

  3. Visit  Alex_RN profile page
    #1 15
    Late at 23? I became an RN in my early 50's. You will have a long, satisfying, profitable career ahead of you.

    There is nothing wrong with living at home in order to prioritize school. You will get a richer academic experience if you can avoid working. I have an advanced degree in comm and worked in mar-comm before changing careers. At 23, you are a lifetime ahead of me at almost half my age.
  4. Visit  NICUismylife profile page
    #2 7
    I just graduated and I'm 36.
  5. Visit  Farrah 34 profile page
    #3 8
    Old at 22?
    I'm starting college next month and I'm 34. I don't think I'm old at all
  6. Visit  WanderingWilder profile page
    #4 6
    Late? I think you are early. I'm 34 and just finished my first semester of nursing school. Most of my class is over 30 there may be 3 or 4 in their early 20s.
  7. Visit  gere7404 profile page
    #5 3
    I started my prereqs at 30, I'm 33 and in my first year. 23 is probably the average age of my cohort.
  8. Visit  Ms Petite 93 profile page
    #6 3
    LOL you're early. Most of the people in my class were second-careers. In their 30's-50's.
  9. Visit  jaycam profile page
    #7 2
    I started back to school with little to no college at 32. I just graduated at 36. The youngest person in my cohort was 23 when she started and was younger by a few years compared to the next youngest. I think you'll be fine age-wise. To be quite truthful, nursing is one of those fields that having a little experince/age under your belt is good, not a bad thing. It's more common to be younger at some of the BSN programs around here, but there's by no means an actual age range for becoming a nurse. I've seen as young as 19 all the way up into 60s.
  10. Visit  brinkk profile page
    #8 1
    Never to late. You are very young.
  11. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
    #9 3
    Quote from LydieA
    To start a little about myself:

    I have regretedly wasted about 3 years at my community college (entered in 2013) completing an AA. I left highschool with no ambition, no identity, poor confidence and low self esteem, and no clue on what I wanted to do. My selected major was Mass comm with the intention to become a Public Relations Specialist . I then transferred to FIU but then decided to go back to Miami Dade community college for nursing (my dream is to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner).

    That being said, I turned 22 this month and I am currently enrolled in these courses for the coming spring:
    MAT 1033
    CHM 1033 +Lab
    DEP
    HSC

    (Later- BSC 2085+Lab, BSC 2086+Lab, and I think an optional MCB)

    I know i cannot change the past but im embarrassed abut my situation. I assume that I should have already been done and working by now. If I decided to have started nursing from highschool, I don't think I would be in this current situtation. I still live with my parents and I am not working since I plan on attending full time.

    Assuming things go well (get good gpa, pass hesi, get accepted)

    I will be 23 years old when I'm able to start MDC's nursing program in 2018 spring.

    Is this late? If so, what are some tips on finishing classes as early as possible?


    Honey, I was in my 40s when I went back to school to be a nurse. There was even a student in her 50s in our class. You're younger than my oldest child. 23 is no where near "too old" to go in to nursing. Relax, don't be in a hurry. Time flies by quick enough.
  12. Visit  FutureNurseInfo profile page
    #10 2
    What is with the age thing? Every other post I read has to deal with the "age thing". In modern times age should not be an issue. If someone wants to do something, be it to become a nurse or a pop singer, the age does not matter. Look at Susan Boyle? She just popped in my mind as a clear example that that age is not an issue when it comes to the willingness to learn and succeed. I'd say you are quite young and as many others have already mentioned, you have a lifetime ahead of you.
  13. Visit  ItsThatJenGirl profile page
    #11 6
    I'll graduate with my BSN two months after my 40th birthday. I'm not embarrassed in the least.
  14. Visit  BeachNurse3484 profile page
    #12 2
    I'm 32 and starting nursing school in January. I spent 5 years getting a BS that I really never used, spent 3 years after college stuck in retail, 4 years at an OB/GYN office discovering that I love healthcare. Did my pre-reqs last summer. "It's never too late to be what you might have been" - George Eliot

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