I have been in an office setting for most of my adult life, and I was stagnant. I was successful but also seeing zero growth. I wanted a change, to be financially independent and help people. After a sepsis scare in the hospital in 2019, I observed nurses and STNAs, all doing their best to care for me and get me well. I decided to pursue nursing because I wanted to see if I could do that for someone else.
I decided to enroll at Hondros College of Nursing because I was looking for a school that was focused on my success. Additionally, I wanted small class sizes and availability. On top of that, my admission counselor, John, was great, I connected with him immediately.
My advice is that there is no time like the present. If you keep talking yourself out of it, you will never go. If you're concerned about money, it is only money. There will be a time when those loan payments won't matter, and the money won't be as hard to find. This is an investment in you. I also recommend that you put your heart and soul into this program. It won't be easy. Nothing worthwhile is easy or everyone would be able to do it. You must make a lot of commitments and sacrifices, but if you want it bad enough, it will be yours.
Ashley Kent is a student in the Practical Nursing program at our Fairborn campus. She currently works as an STNA at Village at the Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio.