How old were you when starting prereqs and did it discourage you? - page 7

by princesax11

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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


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    I started my prereqs when I was 38 with 3 kids. I already have a degree but this is a second career thing. I wont finish until 2018. Going for the NP degree.
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    I was 22 when I started prereqs. I'd previously been working on another degree, so I had a few of them done, but not many.
    Fast forward to now. I'm 28 and just finished my first year of nursing school. In that time period I had 2 more children, was completely decimated by the economic crash in 2008, homeless, and separated from my husband.
    So it's been a long busy road, but not letting yourself give up (even when everyone around you thinks you should) is definitely key to success. Better later than never, right?
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    I'm now 50 and just finishing up an EMT class and probably starting down the long path to ER nursing one day soon.

    Do what you want, is my advice. My only other advice that took me years to learn is that it's easier to ask forgiveness later than to get permissions first =)
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    I'm 24 yrs old! I'm almost done with my pre-requirements!
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    It's really heartening to see all the different paths that can lead to a nursing career. What is it like as an ER Tech? Do you work in a Level 1 Trauma Center?
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    IF you moved from NJ to FL then moving to states in the midwest like ND, SD, IA and MS where many community colleges do not require pre-requisites may not be such a bad idea for you. I know at least three school in the midwest that have built in pre-requisites and only an ACT score to start the nursing program with NO WAITING LIST! Let me know if you may be interested.
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    Good day:

    I'll be 50 in May of this year; and if I get into the August 2013 start for nurshing shool, I'll be 52 upon graduation.

    It is never to late to take a new adventure.

    Thank you.
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    Bigmamaknows thank you for the information, but I moved here with my parents and can't afford to live on my own. Unfortunately, that isn't an option for me right now.
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    I'm 24, (will be 25 in two weeks) and I'm in my second semester of pre-reqs. I'll be starting an ABSN program in the Fall. Please don't belittle your own successes. You are on your way to something great. Believe me, as others have mentioned, having a degree doesn't mean that one is solidified into a career path. I finished my first Bachelors in 2011, age 23, and didn't discover until recently that I had no desire to enter law anymore. At first I was devestated b/c I felt like I'd wasted my time
    but remember that all of these setbacks happen to make you stronger. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and goals. Your victories are YOURS and cannot be compared to others'. Stay encouraged OP!!
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    I'm 24 and will be 27 when I'm done. I'd rather be 99 than in the wrong career.
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