Will I ever graduate????

  1. I just need to whine for a moment. I started my prereqs over a year ago, took a year off to have a baby, and now I am returning to school this fall. I need to work full time so I am very limited as to how many classes I can take at a time. As it looks right now I won't be able to apply to the program until next fass which means I won't be finding out if I'm even in the program for another 2 years!!!!! I'm feeling pretty discouraged. I could have a bachelors degree (at least) by the time I'm done with my ADN. That light at the end of the tunnel is looking pretty dim.....

    Thanks for letting me vent.....
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  3. by   catzy5
    Quote from 3rdgenRN2B
    I just need to whine for a moment. I started my prereqs over a year ago, took a year off to have a baby, and now I am returning to school this fall. I need to work full time so I am very limited as to how many classes I can take at a time. As it looks right now I won't be able to apply to the program until next fass which means I won't be finding out if I'm even in the program for another 2 years!!!!! I'm feeling pretty discouraged. I could have a bachelors degree (at least) by the time I'm done with my ADN. That light at the end of the tunnel is looking pretty dim.....

    Thanks for letting me vent.....

    I am sorry your feeling down today, my best advise to you is stop looking at the big picture. Make a mental note of goals and time lines but after that chuck it to the back of your mind. Make smaller attainable goals.

    I started this treck in a similar situation in 2004 I started taking one class at a time, my kids were just starting school so I have a small fraction to get my feet wet. I used to get really discouraged and frustrated with how long it was going to take me, I even dropped out one semester (putting me a year behind) because I thought the goal was never attainable. Well its 2007 and I am still plugging away and I have 2 more weeks to finish up my last pre reqs. I still have yet to start my "schooling" for nursing but hey atleast now I can apply. The biggest surprise is from 2004 till now, has come and gone with or without me taking these classes so my theory is I am glad I took them.
  4. by   3rdgenRN2B
    Catzy,
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I've seen how fast the last year went by since I was in school and I know in my heart that it wil happen some day but I feel like I'm not getting any younger. I've been in school for 11 years total now! I know it will be worth it it's just hard to see that right now. I will take your advice about small goals. With a new baby that's probably the best thing I could do right now.
  5. by   catzy5
    Quote from 3rdgenRN2B
    Catzy,
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I've seen how fast the last year went by since I was in school and I know in my heart that it wil happen some day but I feel like I'm not getting any younger. I've been in school for 11 years total now! I know it will be worth it it's just hard to see that right now. I will take your advice about small goals. With a new baby that's probably the best thing I could do right now.


    I know how you feel I was your age when I started this process too

    I'll give one more piece of advice, enjoy your new baby all else can wait, it goes by so fast!

    If you have time and help taking once class at a time will be good for you its a nice reward for working so hard and makes you feel you are working toward your goal but seriously don't push yourself at the sacrafice of enjoying your precious gift.
  6. by   Jilaweez
    I completely know where you are coming from. I started pre-req's toward nursing in Fall of 02. I had a baby in May of 2003. I had another baby in December of 04. I went back to school in the summer of 05 and have been going ever since. I was going to go to ADN program at CC then found out there were no night classes....a few more semesters of pre-req's for BSN....
    I actually start nursing school in the fall. I never thought I'd actually get here honestly, I just kept taking classes. I am so tired of telling people two more years, two more years. Now it really is just two more years.

    You'll get there, just keep plugging forward. I didn't want it to take so long, I have financial obligations and kids who are going to be college age before you know it, but there'e nothing I can do. I hope to look back in 10years and know it was worth it.
  7. by   WDWpixieRN
    3rdgen:

    It took me a little over 2 years, part-time to get through the prereqs (I was working full-time)...I have a previous bachelor's that I just finished in '99 -- and realized I HATED the business world, lol!! So that 2 years was strictly spent doing the sciences....about 3 semesters in, I was able to apply to the nursing program and it was another 2 semesters before I was admitted. Then I had to take a deferment due to some financial issues and found that pretty frustrating.

    I am 51 as of last December; my baby graduated high school last May.

    Two lines of wisdom:
    **You've got time -- you've got 22 years on me (trade?!?!). Just keep plugging away if you KNOW this is what you want to do.
    **That baby will be graduating from high school before YOU know it. Heed the words of wisdom telling you to enjoy every second that you can while you can!!

    Hang in there!!
  8. by   msdobson
    Quote from 3rdgenRN2B
    I just need to whine for a moment. I started my prereqs over a year ago, took a year off to have a baby, and now I am returning to school this fall. I need to work full time so I am very limited as to how many classes I can take at a time. As it looks right now I won't be able to apply to the program until next fass which means I won't be finding out if I'm even in the program for another 2 years!!!!! I'm feeling pretty discouraged. I could have a bachelors degree (at least) by the time I'm done with my ADN. That light at the end of the tunnel is looking pretty dim.....

    Thanks for letting me vent.....
    Sorry to hear that...I feel your pain. However, it took me 20 years to get here. Just remember, you have a great deal more than 2 years left to live, so look to the future, rather than dwelling on the present. If it takes you another 3 years to realize your dream, then so be it.

    Some people NEVER get that chance.

    Good luck!

    Michael
  9. by   EthnicBeauty
    I've held onto a quote since I was literally a little girl (about 7) and it has kept me going through so many painstaking things. I don't remember where I got it from but it's so true!

    "Never give up on a dream because of how long it takes to get there, the time will pass anyway."

    I know it kind of goes along with what everyone else is saying, but just to hear/see the words is encouraging. Don't give up! If you don't take the classes one by one, in five years you'll wish you had because five years is goin to go by regardless of what you are doing. Whether you are progressing or stagnating, those years really don't care.
  10. by   mommiembd23
    Don't get discourage, you can to do...I have started college in fall 02 as a part time student I had my first child 2months after...although I was going only spring and fall I decided to go one summer semester (each semester taking no more than two classes...may I include I had to take two learning support classes for two semesters)...I had my second child feb 05...and here i am, summer i will finally be a full time student, with the help of my mother I am able to go full time...and although I have only three classes left to finish my pre reqs at a ADN level, I'm trying to transfer to a 4yr and do their BSN instead of doing a 2yr ADN program at a community school. Believe me, I have been down, but like everyone else is saying...time will go by on it's own...and as I look back, I know I have accomplished alot...I'm 23yo 2 children ages 4 and 2 and am not giving up...SO DON"T YOU GIVE UP NOR FEEL DISCOURAGE...and enjoy your new bundle of joy
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    your singing my song..except my song is longer. i started in 1994 and the only thing i have so far is my lvn license , a aas in liberal arts and 6 children....i finished my algebra class yesterday for the 5th time...i am already having nightmares that i failed with a 69.4 and she wont raise it so i can get a c..ive had the door slammed in my face for years. th competition is fierce in my area so you darn well need to have perfect test scores and a high gpa. i am at twu right now working on my bachelors in general studies and i plan on taking taking my excess fa and paying to get my rn via excelsior. then i will look at masters junk.. point is don't give up ..when one door is closed find another one...
  12. by   ange26s
    dont give up!i know how you feel! i started my prereq's fall of '02 and i am finally starting nursing school this fall.you will get there.i also took a year off to have a baby and i just took it one class at a time.i remember those nights when i felt as though i was never going to finish my prereq's!!i felt like i was working toward taking more classes and my goal was never going to come.eventually everything falls into place and it feels sooo good knowing how hard you worked!try not to look at it in terms of omg 2more yrs!look at it as "let me just get through this class" take it one class at a time,because it gets overwhelming if you start thinking of how long it will take!good luck-i know everything will work out!just remember we have all been there-you are not alone!

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