I say reach for the stars! My dream was to be a nurse, I too was sidetracked. When I first attempted to become a nurse, I was advised that the nursing class was full and I should enroll in the medical assistant program which would be very similar to the nursing program.... NOT! I was young and dumb. It was 10 yrs and 3 children later I finally went to LPN school, then another 12 yrs I was able to finish my RN. If one school turns you down keep knocking and looking someone will take you. I wish I had done that while I was young.