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Why You Should Go Back to School

Why You Should Go Back to School

Donna Cardillo, RN, BS / Verticalnet, Inc.

I began to feel a sense of accomplishment for just having gotten myself back into school. I was developing an increasing sense of self-esteem, and much to my surprise, was learning something. These were all unexpected benefits of returning to school.

When I finally graduated, after several years of sacrifice and hard work, I realized that earning my degree filled a gap in me that I wasn’t even aware existed. It gave me a sense of closure. I found myself going out into the world with greater self-confidence and purpose. I realized that my previous lack of degree had actually been holding me back, in subtle ways, from pursuing even bigger, better dreams. Now, I felt as though nothing was holding me back and I attacked life with renewed gusto.

I entered graduate school several years ago and am currently pursuing an MA in corporate and public communication. Once again I find myself using parts of my mind that had been unchallenged for awhile. I’m learning even more and building a solid foundation for my professional practice.

In addition to the knowledge I’m gaining, I’m honing my writing, speaking, organizational, and research capabilities. I continue to build a sense of confidence and accomplishment for my efforts. Graduate study is expanding my mind in ways I never thought possible. I’m forming opinions about things I never gave much thought to. I’m seeing that the world is much less black and white than I had previously thought.

Getting back

If you have ever thought of going back to school, just do it. The first step is to choose a school and a major and do what it takes to get enrolled. Use the Internet to search and get more information or go to your public library and ask the librarian to show you were to find books that list universities by major and geographic location. Then send for catalogs and see what appeals to you. Many colleges today have special programs for nontraditional students.

Once you’re in, just keep plugging along knowing that eventually you’ll come to the end. If you never start, you’ll never finish. Do you need to get a BSN or MSN to be successful in nursing? Not necessarily. If you wish to pursue a nursing degree, great. But many nurses are going for degrees in healthcare management, health education, business, psychology, communication and other related fields. All of these majors compliment your nursing background.

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    6 months ago

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  • Img_0400_max50


    about 6 years ago


    I am unable to put into words how deep your comments were. All I can say is thank you for your insight it filled me with belief in myself and my long time dream. I also thought I would prove to the world I would succeed without a degree in retrospect I deprived myself and wasted time. I wish you well. thank you

  • Me_again_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I guess it's never too late. I am 51 and am seriously planning on returning to school to get my BSN. I graduated from LPN school in 1984 and worked primarily psych until I got hurt in 1996. Since then I have obtained 2 associates degrees (Paralegal and Office Technologies) I was able to use my nursing background in the paralegal field and for the past 5 years as a nurse consultant investigating professional liability claims for a TPA. Unfortunately, my position was dissolved in March and I have been unable to find employment. I have found myself considering my return to nursing but would like to either return to psych or go into a specialized field which usually requires an RN to do this. The oldest college graduate on record I believe is 93 so it's never too late!!!
    Nursing is a wonderful field that enables you to "give back" to those in need and it actually gives you a feeling that you have done something good at the end of the day. Good luck to all!!

  • Pam_-_solo_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I have enrolled in the local community college at 43 to change career paths. I have a computer degree but I want to work in nursing. Teach if possible. I know it will take a Masters. I am starting with the basics that are required: Soc. 101, Pyc. 200, Chemestry and Biology. I guess then I need to tackle the A&P classes. I am alittle scared of these. I hear they are very hard. Chemestry also terrifies me alittle also. I know that I can do it.

    In the area that I live, there are many Universities and Colleges that have the nursing program. I will probably need a scholorship to fulfill the money requirements. I plan to get a B and over grade point average. It is very competitive here. My other degree and my gpa will also help.

    Getting to the nursing program seems so far away. Any advice to the beginner? Is the A&P that bad?

    Any advice will be much appreciated.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 6 years ago


    i am enrolled at the local community college at age 34 to enter a brand new field...nursing!!!!

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    over 6 years ago


    Thank-you for the motivation and insight.

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