I'm considered a nontraditional student, though I'm only in my late 20's. I have a boyfriend, but no kids. Friends weren't at the forefront of my mind during nursing school, and really aren't at the forefront now that I am doing pre-reqs for my RN program. During nursing school, I preferred to study alone. I had my own system and my own way of doing things, and when I tried to study with someone or others in a group, my grades would reflect it. I retained more by doing my own thing. I excelled in my classes, and did so without the help of study partners or study groups.
Now that I am at a large school doing prereqs for my RN program, it's a little different because it's pre-reqs and they just aren't as hard as actual nursing classes (for me, anyways). I have gotten to know several classmates across several of my classes, and have had times where we have gotten together and studied, but in the end, I still prefer studying on my own rather than with someone. I retain more, and I just get a better understanding of the material when I can study on my own time, at my own pace, and in my own way.
On top of this, I'm not in school to make friends. I have friends and a whole different life outside of school, and I try to keep them as seperate as possible, because my friends and my life are my getaway from the stressors of school life when I need a break. I'd rather not combine the two. So really, whether I make friends or not in school is at the bottom of my list of concerns. I have a few friends that have graduated nursing school, and they have kept in touch with very few, if any, people from their school. My concern during school has been, and will continue to be, my education. I'm there for one reason and with one goal: to graduate and make a future for myself.