discouragement

  1. anybody get discouraged while waiting?

    i'm taking prereqs now, and have applied to schools from whom i have heard NOTHING...

    i'm 24, i won't start the program until i'm 26 due to waiting lists and/or prereqs (depending on the programs)...so i'll be graduating when i'm 28. i could have gone to med school, for god's sake!

    i'm just getting a little bummed waiting...worrying about grades, finances, moving expenses...it's just getting to be a downer.
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  3. by   grad2009
    You are right; it is scary. I am 37 years old, and I will be 41 when I earn my ADN. We have to take this one step at a time, and we must remind ourselves that it is worth all of our efforts. We could spend the next 3 years in a dead end job, becoming increasingly depressed, or we can invest in our futures and come out 3 years later with a career we love.
  4. by   SummerGarden
    I have friends who are physicians today and who just received admittance into med school. They waited 5-10 years before being accepted because they wanted to attend American schools. I do not think our wait is as long. Be patient, your time will come.
  5. by   maryshome8
    Quote from likatutata
    anybody get discouraged while waiting?

    i'm taking prereqs now, and have applied to schools from whom i have heard NOTHING...

    i'm 24, i won't start the program until i'm 26 due to waiting lists and/or prereqs (depending on the programs)...so i'll be graduating when i'm 28. i could have gone to med school, for god's sake!

    i'm just getting a little bummed waiting...worrying about grades, finances, moving expenses...it's just getting to be a downer.
    I started college when I was 18, and I didn't graduate with my first BS until I was 25 years old due to a host of hold-ups and transferring schools.

    I am returning to school at 37 and I'll be 40 when I graduate with my ASN and 41 when I get my BSN. That is ASSUMING I'll get in for Fall of 2007, which may or may not happen.

    The question you need to ask: How old will you be if you DON'T go?
  6. by   mermaid36
    i'm so glad i decided to read this one! to grad2009 and maryshome-thank you! and likatutata for your original-i've been feeling so nervous and doubtful-i'm 36 and am in pre-nursing, with little science background. anyway-you've all reminded me what i'll wind up doing if i don't push forward-even with hellish microbiology (ugh!). thanks for the needed push!
  7. by   mixyRN
    Quote from likatutata
    anybody get discouraged while waiting?

    i'm taking prereqs now, and have applied to schools from whom i have heard NOTHING...

    i'm 24, i won't start the program until i'm 26 due to waiting lists and/or prereqs (depending on the programs)...so i'll be graduating when i'm 28. i could have gone to med school, for god's sake!

    i'm just getting a little bummed waiting...worrying about grades, finances, moving expenses...it's just getting to be a downer.
    Not so much discouraged as IMPATIENT... LOL!
    I am so ready to begin nursing school, like YESTERDAY would have been nice! But I knew that this path was going to be long and I am prepared for that, plus I know the time in nursing school will fly by, unlike the time WAITING to get in. I keep my attitude positive and I realize that the next 2 years are going to go by regardless of how I choose to spend my time, and I choose to spend it learning to become a professional nurse!
  8. by   PMFB-RN
    I don't know where you live but it says "dairyland". I guess that means either Ca or Wi?
    There is a shortcut into nursing school (sort of) in Wisconsin that I used. If you can get your LPN you can walk right into the second year of the ADN prorgam at some of Wisconsin's techinical colleges. If I was in a big hurry to become an RN I would get my LPN any way I could weather via an expensive private school, local community college, army reserve ect and then attend Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (www.swtc.edu). You could be an RN in two years that way (one year of LPN and one year of RN).
    Thats how I did it. I have exactly 20 months of schooling from zero college credit to ADN-RN.
  9. by   BeccaznRN
    Quote from maryshome8
    The question you need to ask: How old will you be if you DON'T go?
    Absolutely! I thought about that when I realized that I would be almost 30 when I finished nursing school. The "when" matters less, as long as you're doing it! You'll get there.
  10. by   stobbe
    Thank you!! Finally! There are others out there that understand!!

    I am 24 with an Interior Design degree and planning to apply to nursing school. I will apply in Sept 07' to begin in June 08'! I will be 25 and then won't even graduate until I am 26 or close to 27!!

    I know I am still going to be young, but feel like I will be so old for some reason and just wish I had done this right the first time! (I was a nursing major to begin with in 2000, then changed to Interior Design...why?..I have no idea...) Actually, I DO know why...I had an interest in design and furniture and have a creative background, but LOVe love love medicine and nursing)

    I am anxious to just get in there and see what it is all about and learn. I hope I get accepted, because otherwise I am not sure what I will do with my prereq's under my belt. I'm not sure I could wait another 6 months to apply again!! Drives me freakin' nuts!!
  11. by   Jilaweez
    It is a difficult process but you'll get through. I wish I was still in my 20's. If I get accepted for next fall I'll graduate when I am 35. Age doesn't really matter as long as you reach your goals. Good luck!!
  12. by   catzy5
    Quote from stobbe
    Thank you!! Finally! There are others out there that understand!!

    I am 24 with an Interior Design degree and planning to apply to nursing school. I will apply in Sept 07' to begin in June 08'! I will be 25 and then won't even graduate until I am 26 or close to 27!!

    I know I am still going to be young, but feel like I will be so old for some reason and just wish I had done this right the first time! (I was a nursing major to begin with in 2000, then changed to Interior Design...why?..I have no idea...) Actually, I DO know why...I had an interest in design and furniture and have a creative background, but LOVe love love medicine and nursing)

    I am anxious to just get in there and see what it is all about and learn. I hope I get accepted, because otherwise I am not sure what I will do with my prereq's under my belt. I'm not sure I could wait another 6 months to apply again!! Drives me freakin' nuts!!

    This makes me chuckle (to myself of course not at you) as I feel the same way but I am oh quite a bit older then you and have said the exact samethings I am 38 I won't finish until roughly 42 if all goes according to my plan (which we know it never does) but I still have some good years left in my old bones LOL I am glad I have decided to do this but wish I could speed the whole process up because I am anxious to get out there and work.

    catherine
  13. by   SummerGarden
    Quote from Jilaweez
    Age doesn't really matter as long as you reach your goals. Good luck!!
    :yeahthat: I am with you Jilaweez!

    Life is a journey not a destination! If you live for the next few years you will still be a few years older (nurse or not). On the other hand, maybe if more pre-nursing students are discouraged they will drop out of the process leaving more room for the dedicated? Either way we win if we just hang-in.
  14. by   puresass
    i feel like i could have written this post myself. i feel like i keep having to put my life on hold while i wait to start nursing school. so, no advice, just comiseration... but we'll get there eventually & then all this waiting will seem like nothing.

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