I am in the same boat as you, minus the panic disorder, I just lack the confidence to believe in myself. I want nothing more than to be a nurse, and to pass my compassion onto others. I have my mind set that I will be starting school in Spring '10 to begin my Pre-reqs. I have been out of school for 5 years and have been in the military for 4 years and counting. I know I am smart even though I try to convince myself differently; I always did well on my school work. I guess when I think of nursing school it seems intimidating to me; I am sure that is how they want it to be. My husband supports me 100% and wouldn't want anything more for me than to make my dreams a reality. We have a 8 month old daughter, and she too is our world, and I want to give her anything, make her proud of me, and give her more of an excuse to go to college herself and be whatever she wants to be. I have been through a lot of rough obsticles in my life in the military and life in general, and I am a strong person, I have been trained to accomplish anything, so I have came to the conclusion - I have to do this, and if I don't, I never will...so I HAVE too! Even though our reasons may be different, we have something in common. Rob, you can do this, get off your rear and go to that appointment and do it! I am going to do this, and I plan on preparing myself beforehand. Plus, when I think of going to school and read these threads, I get more and more excited. :) I hope you have a wonderful evening and I hope I helped you in some way. Sorry to babble so much!