When I finally decided to change majors and apply to nursing school (3 years out of high school) I felt that I was “Racing against time”. I knew that by the time I had applied, got accepted, finished pre-reqs, and graduated, It would be 4-5 years down the road. I was 19 at the time, and felt that for some reason it was too late. The time it was going to take to come out on top with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing, was enough to make me constantly dwell on the time it was going to take. I was lucky enough to meet a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in whom I considered a mentor at the time. He helped me change my life and follow my dream. He told me this:
“Time is going to pass either way, you are going to be 25 years old no matter what. Do you want to be 25 years old with a degree and working as a nurse? Or do you want to be 25 years old mopping these floors with regret, wishing you went back to school when you were 19?”
That was what I needed to hear to kick it into gear and light that fire inside of me. It has been 5 years this month that I had decided to get back to school and accomplish my goal. I have now graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and my next obstacle is overcoming my injury, focusing on rehab, and passing the NCLEX. This blog post is meant to be used as motivation for anyone reading this.
Whether you are looking to go back to school, finish your nursing program that you may have had to step out of, apply for your masters, start your pre-reqs, or do anything in your life that you have been putting off, do it NOW. The time is going to pass by either way, the world isn’t going to wait for you. Make sure that when that time passes, you can look back and be proud of your decisions and sacrifices.