Plan of Attack

  1. Okay, with all of the research I have done in the past few months. It think this is where my plan stands..for now.

    Right now we are living on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are hoping to move back to Santa Cruz, California, by the end of next summer. With this in mind, I have been working on my college courses in a local cc. (I have 2 complete, so I have a ways to go.) Once we move back to CA, I will take a CNA class, take some more pre-req's. Once my CNA class is complete, I will start working part (or full) time, and keep taking college classes.

    Now, I have 2 small children. A 1 year old girl, and a 3 1/2 year old boy, so other mothers please let me know if this is even a realistic plan. We do have a good support system of family, so hopefully that won't be an issue. Just "mama being gone" will be enough.

    Once my pre-req's are complete, I will put my name on the 3 year long waiting list..while waiting I will work as a CNA..

    I understand that CNA's don't make much $, but that is not our main concern as a family, seeing as how I haven't worked in about 2 years. Prior to being a SAHM, I was in the Coast Guard, so l have my GI Bill that will bring in some cash flow as long as I am in school.

    Pros for this plan: 1)I make sure this is what I want to do before commiting my life to it.
    2) Everyone gets used to Mommy being gone a bit more. But not all day everyday to start off.

    Cons: 1) I may be 40 before I am an RN. Which is okay, but I am 25 now.

    What do you all think? All comments, suggestions, alternative plans are accepted. I really want to become an RN, and given the 3 year wait on any school within the area, I want a plan that will help me to succeed.
    Thank you for anything!
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  3. by   jthewood
    You mentioned your GI bill....keep in mind that the money your earned is depleted based on time (weeks, months, years) regardless of how many classes per semester you take. Example: if you take 1/2 time classes for a semester, the GI Bill charges the same as if you took full time classes for a semester. Therefore, if you have 24 months of GI Bill earned and you only take 1 class per semester, you'll deplete your entire GI Bill account in 24 months. It's much more advantageous to be a full-time student while using the GI Bill. I learned this lesson the hard way.

    Good luck!