Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Back to school already?!?!?

Not for the kids, for me. Even though graduation from the x-ray program was a mere 2 years 5 months ago, I've decided I want to go back to school. I'm not 100% what sure I'll be doing, but most likely it'll be this program, which is a 27 months PA masters program that also has a BS degree complition built in. If I can get in....They get 500+ applicants a year for 40ish spots. I need to get my essay writing down if I'm going to have a chance. I can't even apply until next June due to the biology classes I need, which is frustrating since they are accepting applications right now.

Funnily enough, a coworker is also contimplating this program as well. We're going to take a statistics class on line together this fall so we can study at work (we both work Thursday, Friday, Saturday). I'm also registered for a night time microbiology class. Plus side to taking 2 classes is being able to defer my student loans while in school...

I haven't done any job shadowing yet, but I've talked to 2 family practice doctors would said I'd be more than welcome to come follow them around as much as I wanted. It helps knowing other working moms with kids in all day daycare, eh? I hope to spend a day a week once school gets started in the fall. I already have the patient care that is required to apply for the program, but I've never done any of the exams/palpating ect that family practice MD's and PA's do.

To go along with the above, I had an interview yesterday at another hospital. I need extra hours. If I have any hope of going back to school full time, unable to work, then I need to get as much debt paid off as possible. I'll find out on Friday if I got the job or not.

Atleast Tom still has a job. Who knows how long that will last, and that makes me incredibly nervous. If something happens to his job, then how would I be able to go back to school? Without even taking the cost of the program in to account, money will be super tight if I can only work weekends...

So that's what's going on with me right now. I feel like I'm being pulled in many directions, but I know I want MORE out of my job. Heck I'll be lucky to be able to retire in 40 years, and I'm pretty sure I'll hate my life and everyone in it if I'm doing the same thing 40 years from now. I want responsibility and challenges, and I just don't see how that would work with where I'm at right now. Don't get me wrong, I really do enjoy my job, the last 2.5 years has flown by, but I know I'm going to be disapointed in 20 years if I'm still "just a tech" doing the same ol, same ol.


Kitty Laird said...

Wow, good luck w/everything. I totally get it, though. Maybe you'll inspire me to quit procrastinating and get my act together. Maybe not. The Reece genes run strong. :)

Di said...

Are there other options then that program? Like going part time, completing your BA first? That way you wouldn't have to worry because you could still be working in case something happens to his job.


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