I am 43 and a veteran. I just completed A&P I, Micro and Chem. I go to school full time and am loving it. I will this next term because of New Mexico requirements for ADN, go through a CNA program this spring for starting nursing in the fall. After 20 years of inquiring about BSN with working nurses, almost all those nurses I met said "get the ADN first and do the RN to BSN online." I will be probably 45 when I receive my ADN. Don't ever let what you think others think of you slow you down. In the end it is you that should be satisfied, not them.