[QUOTE=OnDeck;7763842]Ouch, I like this even less. Please, please, please, PLEASE do not be one of those people that continues to live their old life, but goes back to their college dorm at night. They tend to end up unhappy. Please embrace college for a year. Don’t go home until Thanksgiving (fall break? whatever you have) and really give it a shot. It will be an absolutely fantastic once-in-a-lifetime four years if you let it. You only have one shot at college.
Sorry if I’m being extremely opinionated, this is something I feel very strongly about and I have a bunch of friends who made some of the mistakes I see you potentially making. Feel free to PM me :)[/QUOTE]
I agree with this. For me, life happened and I had to live at home and stay home most weekends because I didn’t have an option, but it did really cut into my ability to meet and become good friends with other people at college, because when they usually had time to socialize, I often had to be heading off home to deal with things. (Family health problems, what are you going to do?)
As a result I don’t really feel like I had the college experience, and I also missed out on some chances to take advantage of extracurricular offerings at the school, like interesting guest speakers and so on.
Another thing to keep in mind - I know at least with some other areas of health care, they tend to really like it when hiring or considering you for graduate studies if you’ve had some non-school time hands on in your area of interest. I.e. Volunteering. I’m not entirely sure if this applies to nurses also, but if that is a good thing to do for your future career plans, then you need to remember that will eat into your free time.
It can be done, but it doesn’t sound like you have any need to rush into it, so why not wait a bit? Even without student loan debt, having some savings when you graduate is a good idea. It means you don’t have to take the first job offer you get just to make ends meet, etc.