How old were you when starting prereqs and did it discourage you? - page 5
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I just turned 22 and a lot of people I went to high school with are graduating with a bachelor's degree this spring. So I am feeling a little discouraged and sad. I started community college right out of high school. I was a... Read More
- 2Dec 14, '12 by Keeka_Prenurse13Quote from Compassion_xI agree! ^_^ Never too old to learn new things... Never too old to be a dream chaser...Never worry about age when it comes to education. You are never too old to learn new things, especially in a terrible economy when people much older than 22 are going back to college.
- 2Dec 14, '12 by sunbaby0811I'm 35 and will finish my prerequisites and hopefully start my BSN program in August. I'll be almost 38 when I'm done. I have a bachelors already which I earned when I was 23 and didn't know what the heck I wanted to do when I grew up. Soooo finishing fast <> winning!! Patience is so hard!! Good luck!!
- 3Dec 14, '12 by nguyency77I started my pre-requisites right when I turned 17. I just turned 19, and was accepted to start a BSN program in less than a month.
A good portion of my cohort are in middle-age and changing careers! One of my classmates is in his sixties. Never too late!
- 3Dec 15, '12 by Shorty11Like another poster said, you will be the same age whether you pursue this now or not! So why not if it's what you want!? I finished my first degree at age 22. I have a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry..what my university also called a "pre-professional/pre-med" degree. My plan fresh out of high school was to become an MD, because that is what was expected of me. I did not have the grades to get into medical school upon graduation though. I was young and placed too much importance on my social life. I applied for almost 100 jobs in an attempt to utilize my degree. I ended up working as the office manager/fitter of hearing aids for a company for 5 years. I made good money and was good at my job, yet I felt something was missing. I began to research career options and nursing caught my eye. The more I read about nursing, the more I ached to become one. I left my career after 5 years to go back to school.. to pursue a BSN this time. I already had many of my pre-reqs done from my first degree, but I started back at age 26. I will be 29 when I graduate in May 2014.
The first time I went to school I feel I was just too young to really know what I wanted. At 18, I was good at biology, so why not major it in? Everyone in my family wants me to be an MD so I should be pre-med. My heart was not in school the first time I went. I was just going through the motions. I did graduate but with a poor GPA.
I am actually very thankful for my mistake. Obviously not from a financial standpoint, but the experience is part of who I am. Nursing is what I was meant to do all along. I am glad that I am pursuing this degree while I am a bit older than the "traditional" college student. I am 27 now. The social life is not a priority as it was the first time I went to school. I feel I have an edge on some of the younger students. I have lived a little, experienced a career for a few years. Got the social bug out of my system the first time I was in school. I am much more responsible and focused now. Be fortunate that you are going through nursing school now, a little bit older and wiser about the world than the younger ones.
I am not much above the average age for my class, at age 27. We have one woman who is 57. Most people are around 21-23, but there is wide age range.
As hard as is it, try not to compare yourself to your brother. My sister got her PhD at 27. It has been hard, but I finally feel like I am coming into my own. No longer comparing myself to her accomplishments and feeling inadequate. I may not be working on my PhD, but who knows, maybe someday? I am working on my BSN and I have never felt more proud of myself. I finally feel like I found it... just took a little longer path to get there.
- 1Dec 17, '12 by PatriciaJ22 is young. Don't put so much pressure on yourself to keep up with others. I am 45. I will be 45 when I start Nursing school, I just finished my prereq. You are never too old!!! I worked hard to get where I am, I have a 4.0 because of the hard work I put into this. Sometimes when you are older it actually works in your favor. Just enjoy your life now, live for now. Work on the classes that you need to get through and get the best grades you can. Take one day at a time. At 22 you have so much ahead of you, you will do it when you are ready and you will have a very long career ahead of you. Good luck, you can do anything you put your mind to!!!
- 2Dec 17, '12 by lastchance56You know, at 22, I too thought I'd need to finish college and get a 'real job.' Back then, that meant more 9-5, with benefits and retirement and an enjoyable place to work. I think that type of job is mostly gone. I was laid off after 23 years, at 53! I don't
'retire', i.e. get Social Security until 67 and some months. I'm in that 'age in' Boomer group. So, what do I do for 12 years? Take a minimum wage job until then, one that is likely mind-numbing?
So I"m one of those who chose to completely change my life. I'd already lost my house, but I came out debt-free. I wanted to go into health field and luckily, all those classes I took over the years stood me in good stead. I only had 9 pre-reqs to finish which took me about 2.5 years. I also applied to multiple schools to ensure I was accepted the first time: I got into 5 of the 6.
So here I am, just turned 56, in my first year of nursing school. Who'd have thunk right?
So to all you youngsters out there---and older ones too--it's what you want to do that matters. Not the money, time, or what others say or society's expectations. It just takes commitment and desire, and of course, good brains!
Although I didn't move cross-country, I did move from a large city to small, and love it! The class is small, the school nice and although nursing is hard, I believe it's my path, and that God is directing me. And I'm listening after ignoring all these years.
So life will throw you curves but just hang in there and do what you want. You'll be much happier. And you'll have a skillset that will likely last your whole life. I believe there will always be jobs for nurses in this society.