I am 20 years old and I have a 2 year old son, I had him when I was just seventeen. I ended up getting my GED and was dismissed from high school towards the end of 11th grade. My attendance suffered and so did my grades.
I am really looking into getting my BSN through Pitt Greensburg in Pennsylvania. I noticed some of the requirements for their 4 year program are pretty steep (which I expected) but I called admissions today and they're calling me back tomorrow with more information. I guess I am just asking for advice or encouraging words from anyone who has already made this journey. I'm scared that it will take much longer than anticipated due to the fact I have to take 16 total units of pre requisites (probably) and also score 1170 on my SAT's. This is what discourages me. Also the fact that I have my own place and I pay all the bills and take care of my son. His dad works full time throughout the day from 7 am to 7 pm.
I am so passionate about becoming a Nurse specifically with a a BSN. I cant describe it but I dream of getting there one day. Is it worth it? Is it doable or should I not pursue the idea because of my circumstances? I just want a sound career in the future also with great security and to be doing something I love. Any words of wisdom someone could offer?
Thank you so much.
In regards to your academic questions: I graduated with my GED and recently finished my AAS-Nursing this past spring (passed the NCLEX-RN shortly after). I was required to complete slightly more than you did to apply to my program, and I needed to take pre-college math before I could begin many of the required science classes. The entire process took me 4 years, and I am now enrolled in an ASN (RN)-BSN program, taking courses around my work and family (I have two little ones) schedule.
It might take you a little longer, but you will get there. 5 years from now, you will have reached (or nearly) your destination or haven't made any progress. It makes sense to start somewhere, so see what options are available to you if a 4 year program right out of the gate is not possible due to finance, childcare etc.
All the best!
P.S. I became a mother in my late teens too, and received my GED in my early 20's as well. I totally understand where you are coming from.