Looking for advice from "older" students--up - page 3
Hi, I am very new to this forum. Nursing school has been on my mind for years, and as much as I sometimes try to shake it off, I can't. It has been a dream since I graduated high school. Not too... Read More
Mar 7, '07Went back at 52, LPN at 53, working on my RN on-line, should have that this year, at 54.
What've you got to lose?
Mar 7, '07I am also in my early 30's. You will find that our age is an attribute, because if you decide to begin nursing school, you will bring much maturity, life experience, and dedication, which is a bonus. I am almost a senior in a BSN program in Chicago and I do see the differences between us (nontraditional students) and the younger students. I am not saying that it is a bad thing, but it sounds like you are definitely ready to begin and will be successful. You know what you want to do and it sounds like you will definitely get there. I wish you good luck.
Mar 7, '07I'm 43 and in my 3rd semester of nursing school right now. Funny thing is, the MAJORITY of the students in my class are "older". I've also noticed it seems that it's the younger ones that struggle the most or outright fail.
Mar 7, '07I am 50, and in my first year of the nursing program. All the prereqs, done. One day, I was standing in the nursing hallway with most of my class, and one student asked another if they thought we had ANY traditional students (straight out of high school) in our class. The response was, "I think we have ONE, let me see if I can find the one I'm thinking of." :wink2: Good luck with it, you will fit right in, and LOVE it!
Mar 8, '07I am starting NS in May, and I'm 40. My youngest daughter graduates from HS this May, so it's really never too late. I know how you feel though, as I had the same concerns. I didn't want to be in a classroom with younger students if I wasn't going to fit in. After reading the posts on this thread and the one I started a few weeks ago, "how old is too old?" I realized that many, many people our age (and older) are doing it every day.
Go for it!:roll
Mar 8, '07I have to add my $.02...
I agree with every poster above who said that age doesn't mean a thing. I'm 49, and I will be 51 at graduation. I'm not the oldest in my class.
My advice? Just do it!
Mar 8, '07I was 39 when I started my pre-reqs & 42 when I graduated...go for it & enjoy every minute of it! You won't regret it! :spin:
Mar 9, '07HI,
I AM ALSO NEW TO THIS SITE, AND KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.......I AM A 2ND YEAR NURSING STUDENT, GRADUATING IN DECEMBER 2007... I AM 36 WILL BE 37 WHEN I GRADUATE........I AM HAPPILY MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, A TEENAGER AND A TODDLER...... IT WILL BE MUCH EASIER FOR YOU AS YOUR CHILDREN ARE OLDER.......WHEN I STARTED SCHOOL I FELT THAT I WAS GOING TO BE THE OLDEST IN THE CLASS, BUT TO MY SUPRISE, THERE ARE ALOT OF OLDER STUDENTS........YOU WILL DO FINE, YOU HAVE RAISED YOUR CHILDREN, NOW IT IS YOUR TURN..........GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 12, '07Hello-
I am 40 and anxiously waiting for my acceptance letter to a BSN program. I am hopeful. I am not scared because I completed my first BS degree in 2006. I look forward to this new challenge. I have a 15 year old and a 7 year old and will be relying heavily on my husband to handle things at home while I work full time and go to school.
Please don't be scared. Follow your dreams and if it is something you really want go for it! It does not matter how old you are or when you do it. if it is important to you just do it!
Mar 12, '07Thank you. The motivation and determination to do this just keeps flowing from this board! I love it!
Mar 13, '07i also agree with the 'age not a problem' posts. i'm 48 & waiting for my acceptance letter for lpn school. i'll be 50 when i graduate. i have to admit i'm anxious & excited at the same time. you can do it!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 13, '07I'm finally graduating with my BSN in May 2007 at the age of 34. I started at the community college getting all my pre-req's in and transferred into the University's nursing program. I've juggled going to college full-time and raising my 4 girls (now ages 14, 12, 10, and 7) along with all the other responsibilities of being a wife and taking care of a house, etc. Granted, at first it was difficult to decide to go ahead and start college. I was worried with my youngest being 3 years old at the time. I had planned on waiting until they were all in school. But everything fell into place for me to start when I did. I say go for it. The aging population at colleges is increasing significantly. The community college is a great place to start due to the cost being less, the population having a higher percentage of "non-traditional" students to ease the initial discomfort of having started back to college at a later age, and it's just a good starting block to get used to being in a classroom again and learning study habits. Good luck in your new endeavor.
May 26, '07[font="comic sans ms"]just wanted to pop in here and say how good it is to read these posts from the "non-traditional" students!
i am 49 and just accepted into the fall 2007 nursing program here in north florida. i am very excited. i will be 51 when i graduate in april 2009.
actually, i had started the program this past january 2007 and had to drop out due to some personal family issues. i did not get far into the program so i was so hoping to see that acceptance for this fall.
it was/is always such a pleasure to meet older students in my pre-reqs who also are/were going towards their degree in nursing. finding this is becoming more the norm than not
good luck to everyone..hope to hear how everyone is doing as we begin our journey..and for those already embracing this adventure at this time in your life...you are an inspiration!! lisa