A few weeks ago, I was part of the interview process for admittance to the nursing program at our college. Now to get into the program, students should have finished their math/science prerequisites, and there are many applicants and few opening. So those we saw were all smart and goal-oriented.
Still, I was surprised at the various paths that students had taken to get to this point. Some were young, knowing straight from high school that they wanted to be nurses. Others had already gone to school to become nursing assistants and now wanted to move on with their careers. Others were coming from other careers entirely, having decided that they wanted something that made more of a difference. Finally, there were older folks who had not particularly taken college seriously the first time around and now were starting all over again.
It was a good reminder that there are many ways to reach a goal. Just because a door closes at one point in our lives doesn’t mean that the door is closed forever. Or that another door might not lead to the same place, just by a different, maybe more circuitous, route.
As I talked to the prospective nursing students, I noticed each one brought different strengths to their applications:
- youthful energy and enthusiasm,
- related job skills,
- experience in working with people, or
- wisdom and patience
Some may not have been good nurses twenty years ago when they were first in college, but now have the patience and compassion to excel in the field. Some will find their niche immediately; others will need to keep searching.
But, in general, just because a goal was not realized at some point in the past, it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. If it still haunts you, then perhaps you just need to find another way to get there.