How old were you when starting prereqs and did it discourage you? - page 3

I just turned 22 and a lot of people I went to high school with are graduating with a bachelor's degree this spring. So I am feeling a little discouraged and sad. I started community college... Read More

  1. by   Guinevere39
    I got my Bachelor's at 22, right out of high school, but wasn't happy with my chosen field, so I started taking my prerequisites for nursing school when I was 27, and just started my nursing program at age 30. I'll be 32 when I graduate, and I am thrilled to be doing this. And I'm not even close to the oldest in my program. Not everyone knows what they want to do right out of high school. In fact, I'd bet most people don't, or change their minds like I did. Good luck to you!
  2. by   princesax11
    I'm so glad my question could help other people feeling the same way! Thank you all for your helpful answers. I never realized how many people go into nursing as a second career. It is such a relief to see it is the norm to be in nursing and not fresh out of high school.
  3. by   Exhaustipated
    I was 43 with no college background at all when I decided to start easing myself into prereqs for my ADN. I'm 44 now and will be submitting nursing program applications next month. I'll be 45 when I start the program in the fall, and 47 when I earn my ADN in 2015.

    The good part about me doing this now? I've got a 4.0 GPA. My daughter, who is 17 and applying for colleges, is smarter than I am. I have no trouble admitting that. After I started giving her a hard time about her old mom being out of school a quarter century and still able to earn a 4.0, her grades started coming up! As long as I'm still in school, her grades will stay up because she can't stand being bested.
  4. by   NightNerd
    I'm 23 and got about 3 years into my Bachelors in Psych when I realized I did NOT want to go to grad school for it! I did some research and decided nursing was what I wanted to do, but finished out the degree anyway for kicks and giggles. I literally JUST finished my pre-reqs two nights ago and will be 25, just shy of 26 when I graduate.

    My mom, also an RN, has a similar story. She got a scholarship to study electrical engineering, and did that for 3 years, doing only so-so in the classes because she wasn't enjoying them. Finally she listened to her gut, paid back the scholarship and went to nursing school. She was also 25 or 26 when she graduated.

    Don't stress about your age! It is never too late to realize a goal of yours!
  5. by   Kimynurse
    39, now LPN, and just finishing pre- recs for RN.
    Start in January.
    I'm 43 now
  6. by   HammockBound
    Im just stating my prereqs at 38
    I have my BSW but Im switching careers. I remember the first time I was in school there where people from 20s-50s in my classes.
  7. by   student forever
    Quote from princesax11
    Thank you! I think I had higher expectations for myself because my brother. He had his bachelor's degree at 21 with a government job and master's degree at 23 (paid for by his job). I need to stop comparing myself to other people and their accomplishments.
    You say you want a NEW way to look at things I will tell you this: you paid for your brother's master's degree before you got your associate's degree. We all did! A gov't job that paid for him is you and me and all taxpayers... so! Maybe you could ask him to reciprocate and pay for yours since you paid for his...haha just joking but it is true after all...
  8. by   Compassion_x
    Never worry about age when it comes to education. You are never too old to learn new things, especially in a terrible economy when people much older than 22 are going back to college.
  9. by   calinursestudent818
    I've been interested in nursing since I was a little girl but I also LOVED Journalism, so when I got into college, I choose to major in Journalism. I got my degree, then spent the last 11 years working as a Publicist & it was a decent career but I realized that I was never happy doing it, I just felt a void.

    About 2 years ago, the nursing itch was back in full force and I started looking into nursing programs. I really wish I had choosen nursing instead of Journalism the first time around but hey it is what it is right?

    And now, here I am, taking the plunge into nursing at 41. I'll be 44 when I finish nursing school. And heck yeah I'm terrified! Lol

    But I've always been a firm believer in the fact that its NEVER too late follow your passion/do what makes you happy & that sometimes one degree just isnt enough! So go for it!
    Last edit by calinursestudent818 on Dec 13, '12
  10. by   EMT89
    I will be 26 when I finish. I have a Bachelors and this time around this nursing degree is not as intimidating as it first seemed. I feel that I am well prepared on my study habits. I don't feel the need to go out every night or weekend. I actually enjoy the fact that I'm not the typical age of a college student.
  11. by   july06
    I started my pre reqs at 18. I'm 19 now and applying for my ADN program in January. So if i get in, I'll be around 22 when I'm done. And I plan to have my masters in nursing administration by age 26.
  12. by   jetro
    I was 18 and now I'm 20 starting the nursing program this January!
  13. by   PalmHarborMom
    I started my pre-req's in 2010 at 39, graduated with an AA in 2011 and just finished my first semester of the BSN program at USF. Do not worry about what your brother did. It is great that he was able to go full steam ahead an get his degree sooner. We all have a path to take in life and the journey is not about where (or when) you start.... it is when you end up. You will do just fine.

    I am the oldest person in my class of 120. Many of the students are only 19yrs old and it does not bother me a bit. When I was their age, I was in the Navy working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. My class tends to not be judgmental and we embrace whatever our classmates has to offer. All of us are great students but once in nursing school we all learn that our strengths vary. Age has so far not played a role in the way that classmates treat me.

    Be proud that you are on the path to success!