I am so glad I found this site. I am now 43 and I am studying to be a Medical Assistant, but now I want to go on to become a Nurse. When I was 21 I was in nursing school. I had 4 months to go and I dropped out what a fool I was. I was working 4 days a week and taking care of a 2 yr old. It just got to be too stressful for me. I wish I would have hung in there. I later went into the Information Systems field. I was laid off from that job. My heart has always been in the medical field. I told my MOm that I was going to go on to become a Nurse. My Mom is a negative person and said are you going to go to school the rest of your life. What else do I have to do. I have many years left to work. MY plans are to first finish Medical Assisting to work a year and then go to school one year to become and lpn first. Just to make sure I get thru that first year and then can go on and work as an lpn while them working on the RN. There is a program in my area that has an lpn transitioning into the rn role. YOu can go either full time or partime. They have evening classes also and you can do clinicals on the weekend. I think that is great. I thought about myself being old also. My sister gave me some good advice. To do what your heart desires because if you don't you will look down the road and wished that you had went for that goal. I think I have come full circle by going back into Nursing. I am going to follow my heart and become an RN, what I should have done from the start. I think I am a better student now that I am older anyway. I love reading everyone's encouragement for the older people wanting to go into Nursing.