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Going back to school in your 30's.... Going back to school in your 30's....

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Unread 01-02-2003, 07:44 PM
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Im 38 and starting back tommorw. I went to LPN school when I was 30 and got my RN degree when I was 35 and now Im going back for my BS in Nursing. I currently work in Labor and Delivery and I will say it is not my cup of tea. It is more than just standing their and a baby pops out. Sometimes we have to give them drugs to induce their labor and that can take up to 3 days (at the bedside charting every 15 minutes) and still end up with an emergency C-section. I really dont like the pace. It's a bit to slow for my taste. I like to be kept busy and moving and when you have one patient and thats all you do is stay with her until delivery it gets a bit boring for me. But I know alot of the nurses love it. I started out in Med-Surg and worked Cardiac surgery for a year and then did a stint as a Manager at a nursing home before I went to Labor and Delivery. The good thing is their are jobs out their in Nursing but like every other job you wonder why on earth you put yourself through this for alot of the mess you have to put up with. One of my things is people dont say a simple thank you. They say "That's her job" true it is my job. But when I go out to eat and my waitress brings me my food or fills up my glass I say "Thank you" even though that is her "job"
Nursing can be very heart warming. And the part I love most is cradling the babies in my arms and rocking them to sleep.
That is the sweetest part of my job. Maybe I just need to work in a nursery. LOL I have found that working with the mothers is a bit easier than working with the hip and knee replacements.
So do follow your dream. Im sure you will enjoy it. But dont expect alot of money because in this area it just isnt here.
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Unread 01-02-2003, 08:59 PM
I'm 30 and starting college next week!

Hello there!

I did it backwards. I got married at 19, had kids, and NOW i am going to school. I tried to go when the kids were babies, but it was way too hard to go at night. Now, they're older (9 and 7) and we're in a fairly good $$ situation so I quit my job last month (I worked at a bank) and decided to get my Bachelor's in Accounting. I'm hoping to get my CPA, but we'll see.

I'm SO excited and I know that I will do well because now that I'm older and more mature, I have the discipline it takes. I'm a little worried about the Algebra...geez, it's been 6 years since I had any, and it was intermediate...I'm starting College Algebra next week! Ack!

My sister went to nursing school (RN) in her late 20's/early 30's, and she's also married with kids. She finished this past summer and now is working in a hospital with awesome hours and killer pay! She makes a LOT of money and got a sign on bonus and everything! She just turned 33 in November. She absolutely LOVES her job and feels so fulfilled.

I highly recommend school in your 30's. What a great time in your life to enjoy the whole experience! You (most likely) won't be wasting precious study time at keg parties and trying to avoid class at all costs, right? We 30-somethings will be the total geeks in class sitting in the front row, leaning closer to the teacher to catch every word, every assignment. The "kids" in class will loathe us and envy us for our awesome, hard-earned grades! (Can you tell I'm excited?) I'm just happy to have something all-consuming to focus on while I wait for my Hyst this summer.

You can do it!! I have faith in us!
Unread 01-02-2003, 09:17 PM
Talk about something close to my heart...

Hi all.
Just had to join in this chat with a little story. I too am a 35 year old college student and it is one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. The way I got there will stick with me forever...

I am originally from a technical field working as both project coordinator and drafting specialist. After 10 years I decided to leave and do something else. Found a so-so job in corporate and a year later an opportunity fell into my lap. To help open an assisted living facility and work as Activities Director (ie play all day and get paid). I absolutely loved that job!!!

Sixty senior citizens became my extended family. We laughed, joked, and even cried on occasion. The greatest part was hearing the stories of their lives. As with all life stories, there are regrets. Hard working men regret not spending more time with their children and hard working women regret loosing their husbands early. This I can not stress enough...THEY REGRETED NOT COMPLETING THEIR EDUCATION!

After a while this began to hit home. These wonderful people had entrusted me to share the ends of their lives with them and the one universal regret was not completing an education. Now tell me, who better to learn from than 60 wonderful, loving people all with over 74 years of life experience behind them?

So off to college I went. They have encouraged me and are very interested in the progress.

In addition, I have found that the professors are more inclined toward teaching an adult student. And believe me when I say you will not feel that old in a room of 18 and 19 yr olds but I fee certain you will feel (and be) smarter!

Give it a shot and return to school.

Unt Bunny
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Unread 01-02-2003, 09:35 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

I say GO FOR IT!!!!!

I graduated high school in 1973 and that was the end of my education until I was 40. I 'shipped' my son off to a university and I went to the local community college.
2 and 1/2 years later I got my Associates, my son got his BS and I had 4 generations at the awards night: My mother, my son, myself and my new Grandson!!!!!
Unread 01-03-2003, 10:02 AM
I'd do it over in a heartbeat!

I was a full-time mom for our daughter, and took part-time classes as sort of a hobby, sort of insurance of employability if anything should happen to her Dad. I went back to school at age 28, and finally got my undergraduate degree at 41! I graduated with highest honors (top 3% of the class). That was a wonderful day and I've had a ball since then.

I've stayed on at my department, acting as a part-time lecturer and a part-time network nerd, maintaining the 100 or so computers we run for 6 different student laboratories. I joke with people that it took me so long to get the degree I put down roots and was unable to leave. I still can't believe I'm getting paid good money to have so much fun.

Go for it!
Unread 01-04-2003, 07:18 AM
Going back to school in your 30's....

I'm starting back this month to work toward a Horitcultural degree. I'm 49. I have a sis who is becoming an RN at the age of 46.

It ain't over til it's over, hon!

Go for it!
Unread 01-04-2003, 01:55 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

You guys are so great....and so inspiring too Thanks for all your input! I am definately going to go for it and for the first time in my life, I'm excited about going to school
Unread 01-04-2003, 08:54 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

All I can say is GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I was 18 yrs old I took a nursing assistant course........ when i was 23 I graduated from LPN school.......... worked full time, married with 2 children........ then I went back to RN school.......... While I was in RN school....... my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer....... my 2 boys were very active in sports...... husband..was well....a husband.......and i worked full time...... if I can graduate nursing school with all those things against me........ you can do it too.........

Alot of colleges have a "bridge"program....... its where you can go from a 2 yr RN degree to a 4 yr degree...... that way it gives you time to work in the nursing field and your experience is counted as some of your credits........ LPN school is a 1 yr to 18 month program........when I was in LPN school one of the top students in the class was a lady who was 55 yrs old.....shes now 65 yrs old and does traveling nursing. Alot of colleges offer scholarships, grants and student loans to help with the financial aspects. Call the college you are interested in and ask them to send you some info. Also....... call human resources at one of the local hospitals close to you and tell them you are interested in nursing and ask if you can "shadow" a nurse in a particular unit for a couple of hours or a day.....that way you can see what goes on.

My dad always told me when I was growing up......... "The only thing that stands in the way of your dreams is yourself" If your dream is to go to nursing school........ move yourself over and go for it!!!
Unread 01-06-2003, 07:30 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

i have not visited this board in a long time but am glad that i did today. i too went back to school at thirtysomething......at the age of 36 to be exact. i took my first class this past summer, thanks to some very pushy friends at my insurance agents office. and thanks to those "pushy" friends, i purchased the books for my 3rd class a few days ago. i went back to school and i love it.

..... maybe it is something in the air!!

Unread 01-13-2003, 06:23 PM
I returned at 34 yrs old.

I went to college for one year after highschool. I then packed my bags, went camping and never returned home (permanently).

I enrolled in the local community college and am currently working on a 2 yr. computer science degree. I'm only 12 credits shy of graduating. I did this by taking one class/semester while raising a daughter and working full-time. It can be done. I took it slow (one class at a time) but two years later I am almost there and with a 4.0 average!. I will probably move on the nearest four year university after I obtain my two year or heck, I may use what I have to quickly obtain a second associates' degree!

Something for you to check out. You can test out for CLEP (college level examination program). Each exam is worth 3 credit hours and are accepted at many colleges and universities. This can be a quick way to knock some credits out of the way and get you to your degree faster.

The medical field is an excellent choice right now. Especially with the baby-boomers headed for retirement meaning large numbers of elderly down the road.

All my best,

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