after i decided to go back to school it got put on hold for 4 years because i got pregnant (twice). when i did start back i had 4 years ahead of me. i am now in my last semester and should graduate this may. i try not to think how long something is going to take. i like to think, no matter what 2010 is gonna come, do you want to reach it being a nurse or do you want to reach it not being a nurse. no matter what, 2010 is coming. i was thinking about grad school before i took any college classes and i had people say to me, you are setting your goals to high, all you're gonna do is set yourself up for failure, why don't you just think about an AA degree, then maybe a BA. I don't work that way though and I am looking forward to the fact than in 3 years i can apply to grad school. i don't care that i am not young. I don't like to think of things as a tunnel that there is some light you need to see or reach the end of. reaching some light is death to me, not reaching your goals and dreams. when i need encouragement, i have a stone (polished rock) that has NO LIMITS written across it. this helps me focus when i feel overwhelmed. (I also obsess with lists). i wish i could give you some words of wisdom, but i don't think i have any. i do know that when i tell people i am in nursing school, i have had more than one person say to me, i was going to go to nursing school (5yrs ago, 8 years ago, etc) but it was to long so i didn't do it. i just think to myself, well you would have been done by now and be a nurse but instead now you're still in the same place you were X years ago. good luck in school. i do know i can tell you it is totally worth it.