I chose the LPN route first for a number of reasons. First being the shorter wait to start the program. There has been a 2 year wait from petitioning to starting the ADN program and a year for the LPN, which I got into 2 semesters early after all. Another reason for me was economics. I'm a CNA now and living at that wage is not doable long term. I'm single and have no kids, so that helps but also there is just me trying to live on a CNA wage. So by doing the LPN first, I can work for better money while finishing up the RN.
Another major and probably at first, the only reason I did it this way was because I didn't know how much school I wanted to do. I flunked out madly in college the first go round, many years ago. So I wasn't sure how this was going to go. Happily, it's been great. Have a good GPA and just scored 1140 on the HESI, so I'm doing ok after all.
Now the internal debate is whether to go with a BSN or ADN. Finances will play a role there too. My school is tuition free, which is a HUGE draw and reason for the waiting list. I already have an associate of arts degree, so I do have a start on the BSN gen ed requirements. I need to talk to someone at the university and see how doable a transfer would be.
And while I do all that, I can be working as an LPN :) I will be done with program in mid-November, so it's coming fast!