Is 26 too old to go back to school? - page 17

Hi, I'm currently working on obtaining my BSN in nursing. Before this degree, I pursued a BA in education. I thought that I wanted to be a teacher. After all it was something that I'd wanted to do... Read More

  1. by   tlsweet
    No way! I went back to get my LPN at age 46, and went on and got my RN at age 48. Even though I don't have that many years left, I still feel I have enough left to give all I can and do what God intended me to do. I've learned one good lesson in my journey through life is that God works in his own time and everything has a purpose.

    Congrats on beginning your journey!
  2. by   carita1226
    I am 25 and about to graduate this December. Go to and look for what they call a "Second Degree" nursing program. You can get a B.S.N. in 12-15 months, depending on the program you are enrolled in. Although extremely accerlerated and fast-paced, it is well worth it. If you decide on a second-degree program, you will have to realize this will be your life, and I mean LIFE for the next year or so. More and more second-degree programs are popping up around the U.S. I currently am enrolled in Robert Morris University's program, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Good Luck with everything!
  3. by   Havin' A Party!
    Haven't read the previous replies... only read the title of the thread.

    Please do a search on this topic. It's been covered a bazillion times. And there is much encouragement in those prior posts.

    People are graduating in their 50s, 60s and 70s every year.

    Good luck!
  4. by   mich_01085
    Your 26 and worried about being too old??? I was 46 when I went back to school for my LPN. I am now turning 48 and have just started classes for my RN. Your never too old! Good Luck
  5. by   RN34TX
    Quote from mich_01085
    Your 26 and worried about being too old??? I was 46 when I went back to school for my LPN. I am now turning 48 and have just started classes for my RN. Your never too old! Good Luck
    I was thinking the same thing. 26 and questioning whether too old to go back to school?

    The OP has been an adult for a whopping....8 years??
    Good God, many 20-somethings (or older for that matter) are still finding themselves and what they want to be when they "grow up".

    I was 26 when I graduated from LPN school and I would say that more than half of my class was definitely over 30 and a some over 40 and 50.

    I can't believe that anyone would say that 26 is getting too old to go back to school. Going straight to college out of high school and getting a bachelors at 22 is most definitely not the trend these days unless you have mom and dad paying the bills (and how many are in that type of position these days?)
  6. by   abooker
    You will never be younger than you are right now. Think about it.
  7. by   duxallinarow
    Well, it seems that I just about hold the record (at least in this thread!) for starting late in nursing school. I started back at 45, and will graduate in December with my ADN at 48. FWIW, I'm beating the GPA pants off all the younguns in my class! Dux
  8. by   LLP129
    I too, pursued a degree in education 10 years ago. I love teaching but I have an empty feeling that needs to be fulfilled. I have decided to follow my passion and left teaching 2 years ago to pursue my nursing degree. I am 43 years old. My mother is a nurse. I have a sister that is a nurse but I am still getting questions of "Why do you want to do that?" Yes, at 43. My family is in a bit of sacrifice right now because we are used to two incomes but that is my story. If you are alive and healthy, go for it. It will only be too late when you are unable to understand and comprehend the nursing curriculum. :studyowl:
  9. by   DVorah
    I graduated from my BSN program at 39 years of age -- one of my classmates was actually using his social security retirement to pay his tuition. It is never too late to go back to school -- you are never too old to learn!
  10. by   Gamma
    Don't pay attention to naysayers. I worked as an RPN for 20 years and went back to school when I was 38 years old. I graduated as an RN at 40 and am very happy I did. I have been employed full time since then. I have travelled and worked in the middle east, and experienced a totally different culture and have not regretted my decision.
  11. by   lauralassie
    Quote from anouk
    hi, i'm currently working on obtaining my bsn in nursing. before this degree, i pursued a ba in education. i thought that i wanted to be a teacher. after all it was something that i'd wanted to do since childhood. however, once midway through college something inside of me clicked. i didn't really want to be a teacher, but because i was halway through the program, and had taken loans i decided to go through with it anyway. i took my test for my credentials and once i found myself in the classroom setting, i realized that it was not what i wanted to do and should have trusted my gut instinct instead.

    i was always drawn to nursing. especially when in my junior year of college i went to my doctor and he misdiagnosed my symptoms of being the result of stress. i went to the school np, and she ran test and found out it was more than stress. (i was severely anemic)

    i was impressed and wanted to make a career change before i started my career as a teacher but was to scared to do so.

    to make a long story shorter, everyone in my extended family keeps asking me why am i still in school. the one that really bugs me is everyone saying that i'm simple to old to go back to school. should i be offended? has anyone else heard someone say they were to old?

    no it's not ......go for it ! do what makes you happy !
  12. by   Otessa
    26 too old !!???

    I would laugh if I didn't think you were serious!

    People live into their 70's-80's and beyond.

    That means you will be working a loooong time -26 isn't too old.
  13. by   octopus
    I'm 31 and about to study another course!

    Plus, in Australia, many of our nursing students are in their 40s and some are even in their 50s.

    I wouldn't worry about what other people say. If it's right for you right now - hold your head high and study hard!