I am psyching myself out... someone smack some sense into me - page 4

by madelynsmom

So I am starting college as a brand new student. I am a little late to the game- I graduated from high school in 2003. I work full time where I make pretty good money but after having my daughter a year ago, I decided that being... Read More


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    My friend graduated at 50. It does not matter your age, what matters is your commitment.
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    I'm turning 47 in about a week. I completed a degree in Aviation back in the late 80's and have worked since then. When I started back to school a couple of Semesters ago, I was unsure what to expect. I did learn that my study habits improved over the years and I had no reason to be nervous.
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    You're psyching yourself out...calm thy nerves heh.

    I was 20 years in between classes, and I can tell you it was a bit intimidating at first, but very quickly found it to become familiar routine.

    I'm a single dad of 2 teenagers, and class plus full time job was doable during pre-reqs, but became difficult during the first year of the program, and has gotten easier since. It's all doable, everyone needs to be patient and understanding for sure though, without that support it will get to be very stressful.

    Good luck!
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    I graduated in 2003 too. When I knew I was ready to go back to school, I spent a few months preparing for my college entrance exam. Because I dedicated that time, I tested into calculus, got a 99 on the English portion, and was able to choose whatever classes I wanted to take. That was my goal; to test out of remedial anything and get straight to the point. I scheduled everything from that point on and took only the classes that were nursing prereqs. Finished them all in less than a year w a 4.0 and was accepted into the January 2014 start date, just as planned.

    I'm writing this to say that you CAN absolutely do whatever you want - and be great at it too. I did this w children and a practically nonexistent support network. It can be done. Just sit down and put some thought into mapping out the next few years of your life and have a clear path to getting to your goals. Dont let anything deter you.
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    ok. I'm 30, raising 4 children, two jobs and going to school ft. I've been in and out of colkege for a while because of work or family or something. my moment of aha was paying nurses to work through an agency and getting paid less than a cna. I had been accepted to a program for nursinforg but always put it on hold for someone else. so I went back for me. I'm lucky to have a really supportive husband. here's my tips for you. buy a planner and use it religiously. during the time your children are up, be their parent not a student. there week be times this doesn't always work, but you get the picture. when I'm in class I take extra time for work in other classes. I study after supper or before breakfast. my classes are organized on my computer by semester, then class, then assignment. I color code my notebook/ folder for the class and I buy a quick study guide for the class I'm taking. communicate with your instructors, if you know in advance you will miss a class, let them know. treat school as a job, you have to go to graduate, so that is your paycheck, you know?
    but all in all, if your heart is in it you will do your best. and if you truly give it your best, you can't fail. it can be hard at times, but also so very rewarding at the end if the day! good luck in your journey. you're going to make yourself and your family very proud of you, even for just trying!
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    You are all amazing. I am feeling pretty confident after reading these and writing my own goals down. Every single day I am going to come to this site before bed to remind myself of where I want to be and what it takes to get there. I am ready to show all the younglings who is boss... or at least who can keep up.
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    Did you not do any down to earth research before you signed up to be a nurse. Yes, most of us work, have a family and work while we're in nursing school. It is a couple of years of pure hell and no life of your own. Studies are you entire life. Family and most everything else in your life is put on a back burner. It is one of the hardest things you will ever do. If you can survive nursing school and remain in the career field for more than three years after graduation, you have your pay off. Find you a couple of friends to give you pep talks when you feel like throwing in the towel. If you can make it thru this there isn't much in life you can't conquer.
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    I'd like to know how the site can rate a comment with a star when it has just been posted and no one has even had the chance to review it. What a joke this site is. Anyone who doesn't praise nursing as if it is the greatest thing since spilled milk gets a one star rating. I hate how so many people tell out right lies about what nursing is really like these days. No wonder the fall out rate is so high and the number of grads who leave the career is so high. Students aren't told what they're really getting into.
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    Quote from llalpine
    I'd like to know how the site can rate a comment with a star when it has just been posted and no one has even had the chance to review it. What a joke this site is. Anyone who doesn't praise nursing as if it is the greatest thing since spilled milk gets a one star rating. I hate how so many people tell out right lies about what nursing is really like these days. No wonder the fall out rate is so high and the number of grads who leave the career is so high. Students aren't told what they're really getting into.
    Chill out. The raiting is in regards to how many posts youve made. No one rates your comment. That being said your pp was pretty negative.. .yes. NS is hard and not all daisies and butterflies but its also rewarding and exciting especially for those of us who are so eager to get started
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    Quote from llalpine
    Did you not do any down to earth research before you signed up to be a nurse. Yes, most of us work, have a family and work while we're in nursing school. It is a couple of years of pure hell and no life of your own. Studies are you entire life. Family and most everything else in your life is put on a back burner. It is one of the hardest things you will ever do. If you can survive nursing school and remain in the career field for more than three years after graduation, you have your pay off. Find you a couple of friends to give you pep talks when you feel like throwing in the towel. If you can make it thru this there isn't much in life you can't conquer.
    Actually yes, I did do research. That is why I was psyching myself out and nervous. But I'm not anymore- I just have more determination than ever.


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