Are we all old??? - page 5

Hi Everybody. I'm new to this board, but it seems that there are a lot of older/returning students here. Just out of curiousity, how old are you and where are you in life??? I'm 33 and a... Read More

  1. by   paccookie
    LMAO!!! Well, I did have a 20 year old waitress tell me that 26 was "over the hill." The old guy sitting at the counter next to me said something like, "well, then, I guess I'm dead." LOL

    I do think there are quite a few "older" people here but I don't think that's a bad thing at all. Honestly, I'm much more serious about school at 26 than I was at 18 or 19. I quit college twice (at 18 and 19) and I've regretting it ever since. Now I have very good grades and I'm very proud of it. I feel that I understand what I have been taught thus far and I'm confident about the future. How many 18 yr olds can say that? :wink2: I'm also much more determined to succeed because I have a 6 yr old and a 2.5 yr old and a husband who are depending on me graduating ASAP and getting a good job. And I feel that I have something to prove to myself. And I just love being in school again! I'm usually tired and have way too many things on my plate, but I wouldn't drop any of them if I had the choice. I really missed "exercising my brain" in the years I was not in school.

    Anyway, good luck!

    CG
  2. by   Aradien
    I am a 41 year old mom of two teenagers, a DS and a DD. I don't think I realized how much I wanted to be a nurse until I put my application in and was accepted. Not because I was nonchalant about it, I was terrified that I wouldn't get in! When I got notified, I burst into tears and have not looked back. I know that I was meant to be a nurse!
  3. by   LMRN10
    Quote from paccookie
    I do think there are quite a few "older" people here but I don't think that's a bad thing at all. Honestly, I'm much more serious about school at 26 than I was at 18 or 19. I quit college twice (at 18 and 19) and I've regretting it ever since. Now I have very good grades and I'm very proud of it. I feel that I understand what I have been taught thus far and I'm confident about the future. How many 18 yr olds can say that? :wink2: I'm also much more determined to succeed because I have a 6 yr old and a 2.5 yr old and a husband who are depending on me graduating ASAP and getting a good job. And I feel that I have something to prove to myself. And I just love being in school again! I'm usually tired and have way too many things on my plate, but I wouldn't drop any of them if I had the choice. I really missed "exercising my brain" in the years I was not in school.

    Anyway, good luck!

    CG
    I couldn't agree with you more. I feel that I am much more prepared at 30 now than I would have been right out of high school. I look at my grades now compared to what they were in high school and let me say, what a difference!! I think a lot of it also has to do with the fact that WE are responsible for paying for it...not our parents. Just like materialistic things...you tend to take better care of things that you spent your hard earned money on than those things other bought for you. (Not now, but as a kid). I can say that my DH didn't make it through college and he looks back now and is very upset with himself. I'm not saying all kids right out of high school do this, but a lot don't appreciate what their parents are doing for them and I think it's sad. My DH is guilty of that and lost his chance and is now kicking himself in the butt!!

    Good luck to everyone!!

    Lori
  4. by   earthlynurse2be
    Quote from np_wannabe
    Hi Everybody.

    I'm new to this board, but it seems that there are a lot of older/returning students here.

    Just out of curiousity, how old are you and where are you in life???

    I'm 33 and a SAHM to two children: dd(3), and ds(1). I'm hoping to get into UF's accelerated BSN program next summer and somehow find time to balance it all....to be honest, it's a little intimidating to think about.

    Good luck to us all!!!

    Carla
    Hi! I am new to the board!

    I'm 28 and a SAHM to two boys ages 5 and 1. I already have a bachelor of science in Public Health. I apply for Nursing School in January. I can't wait to start my nursing classes. I am taking review courses right now of A & P b/c it's been 5 years since taking them.

    Good Luck to everyone!
  5. by   JaxiaKiley
    I'm 28, and I'm a much better student now than I was when I was 18. Time does teach us a lot, doesn't it?
  6. by   futurepro*rn*
    I'm 29 with 3 children, 2 girls both aged 10 (not twins) and a son 7 years old. I am engaged to a wonderful man whom I've already shared 7 years with and just getting back to work full time. I also have much better grades now than when I was younger and quit school twice before. I just got my acceptance letter to a fulltime evening/weekend adn program @ the local community college. I'm very happy with were I am in life and I don't feel old at all. I think it doesnt matter what your birth certificate says, its how young you feel inside.:wink2:
  7. by   nessy
    I'm 28 and have just started my 3rd year of the program. I always wanted to become a nurse, it just took me a long time to get my butt in gear and focus on schooling.
  8. by   akspudus
    I'm 34. After 16 years in the Coast Guard (13 Active, 3 Reserve) I decided to take advantage of all the college moneys the Coast Guard had to offer.
    After Sept 11, I lost my career as a private computer consultant because I was recalled to back active duty with the Coast Guard. I spent over 4 years performing various maritime security and anti terrorism roles for the Coast Guard.
    Originally I joined the Coat Guard to earn benefits and money for college. Well to make a long story short, after 16 years I am fulfilling my college ambitions. With the money the Coast Guard has to offer for school, I am able to go to school full time without working. Between my wife's income and my military bennies, we are able to support ourselves and three boys.
    It is never too late.
    I have a friend that spent 23 years on a police force in Alaska. Retired then went back to school. He is now an ER doc in Portland OR. Never too late.

    akspudus
    Miami Dade college
  9. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from akspudus
    I have a friend that spent 23 years on a police force in Alaska. Retired then went back to school. He is now an ER doc in Portland OR. Never too late.
    Wow....by my calculations, back in "those" days, you had to be a minimum of 21 to enter a police academy...meaning after 23 years, he had to be at least early 40's when he started med school...I can't EVEN imagine...at 50, I'm dying here in my first semester of NS wondering if this will all ever come together for me!! Congrats to him and best wishes to everyone else!!
  10. by   akspudus
    Quote from wdwpixie
    Wow....by my calculations, back in "those" days, you had to be a minimum of 21 to enter a police academy...meaning after 23 years, he had to be at least early 40's when he started med school...I can't EVEN imagine...at 50, I'm dying here in my first semester of NS wondering if this will all ever come together for me!! Congrats to him and best wishes to everyone else!!
    Yup...he was in his mid 40's when he started med school. His only concern about his age was whether or not he would be paying student loans for the rest of his life.
    When ever I get discouraged...I think of him. His story is the main reason why I decided to do what I wanted to do in school...instead of following the track of training the military gave me. Hmmm...Electrical Engineering or Nursing? For the E&E I was almost half way there....for nursing..I was starting over. But, working in the health care environment is what I wanted to do. It is never too late to do what you want to do.
  11. by   JeanettePNP
    Quote from Pixiesmom
    I'm 33 and holding. I'm still chugging away at my pre-req's and some co-req's. I had a co-worker on campus tell me that all of the old students always make good grades. My reply was, "of course we do sweetheart we don't have any time to lose."
    Yes! I am also making the top grades in all my classes. My time-management and study skills are much better than my peers, and I seem to have a better sense of what's important and what's not. When you have limited time to spare you zero in on what counts!
  12. by   charebec65
    Quote from akspudus
    I'm 34. After 16 years in the Coast Guard (13 Active, 3 Reserve) akspudus Miami Dade college
    My hubby spent 9 years in the Coast Guard. Last station USCG Cutter Jarvis in Honolulu (though he spent most of the year in the Bering Sea those 3 years). Good luck in NS!
  13. by   psychtech1
    Hi everyone! Wow I haven't been in here in a while!! I have been way to busy. But I think it is great that us 'older' students are going back to school. I am 35 and am in the process of starting my prereqs so hopefully in couple of years I can apply to the MSN program at DePaul. Up until two years ago I was a single mom and just managed to scrape out a Bachelor's degree (due to working, finances, time, etc.) now that I am geting married and my son and her kids are older, I can afford to go back to school full time. Just hope I have the stamina!! Kudos for everyone and good luck!!

    Pepper

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