How old were you when starting prereqs and did it discourage you? - page 6

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   bigmamaknows
    IF you moved from NJ to FL then moving to states in the midwest like ND, SD, IA and MS where many community colleges do not require pre-requisites may not be such a bad idea for you. I know at least three school in the midwest that have built in pre-requisites and only an ACT score to start the nursing program with NO WAITING LIST! Let me know if you may be interested.
  2. by   pmabraham
    Good day:

    I'll be 50 in May of this year; and if I get into the August 2013 start for nurshing shool, I'll be 52 upon graduation.

    It is never to late to take a new adventure.

    Thank you.
  3. by   princesax11
    Bigmamaknows thank you for the information, but I moved here with my parents and can't afford to live on my own. Unfortunately, that isn't an option for me right now.
  4. by   CareQueen
    I'm 24, (will be 25 in two weeks) and I'm in my second semester of pre-reqs. I'll be starting an ABSN program in the Fall. Please don't belittle your own successes. You are on your way to something great. Believe me, as others have mentioned, having a degree doesn't mean that one is solidified into a career path. I finished my first Bachelors in 2011, age 23, and didn't discover until recently that I had no desire to enter law anymore. At first I was devestated b/c I felt like I'd wasted my time
    but remember that all of these setbacks happen to make you stronger. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and goals. Your victories are YOURS and cannot be compared to others'. Stay encouraged OP!!
  5. by   MrsStudentNurse
    I'm 24 and will be 27 when I'm done. I'd rather be 99 than in the wrong career.
  6. by   StudentN123
    Started college at 17, had undeclared major... Decided to go into nursing, started pre-reqs at 19..will be getting RN by 23. Yet I still feel "old" to finish at 23, because I feel that if I had started at 17, I would had been done by 21. :-/ However, that's now how life is for everyone! Things happens, people change, circumstances change. Life is full of surprises, and the unexpected is always awaiting. Don't let that "society career clock" (that you are suppose to be done by a certain age) take control your life. What matters is here and now, and where you want your life to turn from now on
  7. by   Runningonfancy
    I started at age 17 in 2000. I took night classes when I was in high school. Then straight to jr college in 2001. Graduated that in 2003 and on to senior college until 2007. Took a 2 yr break and got masters courses complete in 2011. Still can't get a job so back to nursing prerequisites at the jr college. Full circle. I only needed 2 classes to get in but I'm taking all the extras like psychology, human growth and development and nutrition to get them out of the way. I would only have to take 2 courses a semester when I get in the program.
  8. by   szoller
    I started my Prereqs when i was 34... don't be discouraged! And I'm not even the oldest one in my class to have graduated!
  9. by   bigsick_littlesick
    Age 20 when I started pre-reqs and finished them in 1.5 years. Waited FOUR long and AGONIZING years to get into school. I grew bored of waiting so I took an EMT-B class on a whim and that's where I fell in love with emergency nursing and pre-hospital care. I just graduated in December '12 and passed NCLEX in Jan. Currently a float CNA at a level II trauma center waiting to get into our new grad program. I am of the school of thought that it's rarely ever too late to do something you love. However, I remember one lady in first semester had to drop out because of her gross tremors. I want to say she was probably in her late 50's. She was unable to give SC injections or put down NGTs I felt bad for her. I think those are one of those case by case situations. Anyway, good luck to everyone!
    Last edit by bigsick_littlesick on Feb 10, '13 : Reason: meant to say level II trauma ctr, not I
  10. by   my crazy world
    Really what is to old? I dont think that exists anymore. I am 38 and just starting my pre reqs along with a lady who just turned 60 and right where I am. just to get my ADN I am going to be in 42/43 and I am not stopping there. Really hun it is all up to you and when you say your ready or your not. Good luck and enjoy this great adventure we are on.
  11. by   Ackeem
    started when i was 17 got accepted in a BSN program when i was 18 and i'll be 22 when i finish, most of my classmate are over 25 and a few in their 40s and 50s.
  12. by   Bubbly26
    I just started my prereqs this semester. I am 26 and will be close to 30 when I graduate. No, I don't feel discouraged. In fact, I feel that my mindset has matured. I am more focused on education right now.
    Last edit by Bubbly26 on Feb 10, '13 : Reason: spelling
  13. by   LaraleighF
    I am 30. I am just finishing my prereqs now and will (hopefully) start nursing school in the summer. I can tell you that if I had gone to school before now I would have studied something else and I would be unhappy with it at this point. I have never felt about any other career options the way I feel about nursing.