I think that there seems to be a variety of factors that you need to consider when you make your choice. First, consider your age. If you are still young, it isn't that big of a deal to wait a year or two. Still, is there a guarantee that you'll be accepted? Also, if you did move away, would you be close to your home, because it is a big step to go out on your own, especially if you don't have a support group nearby. Some do better with it than others, but some need support around (it never hurts). Personally, I would go ahead and get it over with. I'm getting ready to graduate with an Associates in Nursing, (I already have two associates degrees), and sometimes I look back and wish I would have started earlier when I was accepted into a more expensive program, but I decided to go the cheaper route. Still, there are benefits to waiting. You can have all your pre-reqs out of the way, you can get additional education that may help you with nursing, and you can explore other career options. If nursing is your passion though, and you want to start your life, go ahead and get it over with. It may be a bad town, but all towns have there ups and down. I would worry about crime rates and such, especially if you're going to be living on your own. If you know anybody that is also going to school there, you may want to consider splitting the bill on living expenses.
Like I said, if you don't go ahead and get it over with, you may look back and wish that you would have, because as they say, "life happens." You could get hurt, fall in love and get married, or anything in two years. I know the last two years of my life have been two of the most educational, as well as most disappointing, in my life. My advice is to apply to all the programs, and see which works out best for you. As mentioned before, I say go for it now, get it over with, and then you may be able to start working somewhere that will help pay off your loans, or help with further education. The average student is easily in debt $20,000 dollars for a four year education, and most four year degree entry level jobs don't pay as much as nursing. It wouldn't be that bad, and school loans are usually low interest. School loans can actually help your credit in the long run also, so I say GO FOR IT now. Just try to get in to where you're not always alone and you have support.
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Ok...i need MAJOR help...I am currently a freshman at Bowling Green state university in ohio. I have decided that I want to go get my associates in nursing and be a nurse. My problem is where exactly to go to school. I have two options. The town i'm from has a tech school where you can acheieve your associates, but there is an almost 2 year wait. From already going to a univeristy, I have most of my pre-req's done besides A&P and Microbio. I can finish these and have the possible chance of getting into the program..but only a CHANCE. I could possibly have to wait 3 years. But searching around, I found a branch of Kent State University that will give an associates, with no wait. But it's not in a very good town. It is in East Liverpool. I"ve drove thru this town before and the part I went thru looked like a run down place that I would never feel safe. I dont want to pass any judgement, because it could have just been the part I was in. On top of tuition though, I would have to get a loan for tuition, rent, expenses, and other miscelaneous items. My question is.. Do i wait three years, pay 4,000 and live with my parents? Or get my dregree in 2 years, be in debt 20,000 and live in a not so good town????