How old were you when starting prereqs and did it discourage you? - page 8

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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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    Started college at 17, had undeclared major... Decided to go into nursing, started pre-reqs at 19..will be getting RN by 23. Yet I still feel "old" to finish at 23, because I feel that if I had started at 17, I would had been done by 21. :-/ However, that's now how life is for everyone! Things happens, people change, circumstances change. Life is full of surprises, and the unexpected is always awaiting. Don't let that "society career clock" (that you are suppose to be done by a certain age) take control your life. What matters is here and now, and where you want your life to turn from now on
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    I started at age 17 in 2000. I took night classes when I was in high school. Then straight to jr college in 2001. Graduated that in 2003 and on to senior college until 2007. Took a 2 yr break and got masters courses complete in 2011. Still can't get a job so back to nursing prerequisites at the jr college. Full circle. I only needed 2 classes to get in but I'm taking all the extras like psychology, human growth and development and nutrition to get them out of the way. I would only have to take 2 courses a semester when I get in the program.
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    I started my Prereqs when i was 34... don't be discouraged! And I'm not even the oldest one in my class to have graduated!
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    Age 20 when I started pre-reqs and finished them in 1.5 years. Waited FOUR long and AGONIZING years to get into school. I grew bored of waiting so I took an EMT-B class on a whim and that's where I fell in love with emergency nursing and pre-hospital care. I just graduated in December '12 and passed NCLEX in Jan. Currently a float CNA at a level II trauma center waiting to get into our new grad program. I am of the school of thought that it's rarely ever too late to do something you love. However, I remember one lady in first semester had to drop out because of her gross tremors. I want to say she was probably in her late 50's. She was unable to give SC injections or put down NGTs I felt bad for her. I think those are one of those case by case situations. Anyway, good luck to everyone!
    Last edit by bigsick_littlesick on Feb 10, '13 : Reason: meant to say level II trauma ctr, not I
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    Really what is to old? I dont think that exists anymore. I am 38 and just starting my pre reqs along with a lady who just turned 60 and right where I am. just to get my ADN I am going to be in 42/43 and I am not stopping there. Really hun it is all up to you and when you say your ready or your not. Good luck and enjoy this great adventure we are on.
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    started when i was 17 got accepted in a BSN program when i was 18 and i'll be 22 when i finish, most of my classmate are over 25 and a few in their 40s and 50s.
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    I just started my prereqs this semester. I am 26 and will be close to 30 when I graduate. No, I don't feel discouraged. In fact, I feel that my mindset has matured. I am more focused on education right now.
    Last edit by NS Bubbly26 on Feb 10, '13 : Reason: spelling
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    I am 30. I am just finishing my prereqs now and will (hopefully) start nursing school in the summer. I can tell you that if I had gone to school before now I would have studied something else and I would be unhappy with it at this point. I have never felt about any other career options the way I feel about nursing.

    -LL
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    I started last summer just before I turned 50. It's never to late to go back to school!
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    you can go back for an RN to BSN program. its not as competitive gpa wise.
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