Let's see. I first got my associates degree, but it took about four years. Then I got my BS a few years later in 1982. It was not a BSN, so I had to take a couple bridge courses before I could get into the masters program. I was about 32 when I got my first degree, so kind of a late bloomer. I've had a long career, and have done lots of different nursing jobs
. Currently I'm "considering" retiring and/or doing something completely different. You are just starting out, but determination is the exact
word I would use to get you through. I once had a professor say to me, "how in the hell did you even get in this class!" Well, I did have to take it twice. I chose a different professor and got through it that time. That was my only double take though. Toward the end, I just had to focus on one small step at a time; pass this test, finish this project, etc. All these years later, I still remember how hard it was. Well, we need some young newcomers to take care of us boomers, so I hope you make it in. Maybe I'll look up and see your smiling face some day if I have to be in the hospital.