Hello! What I am about to tell you might shock you, or, it might not. After my divorce 4 years ago, I decided to go to college for Nursing. The sciences were GREAT for the most part, the math was eh, and I certainly fell in love with school fast! It soon became my life, my saving grace and my passion. I LOVED school from day 1 and everything about it (and still do, but have over the last several years moved out of the honeymoon stage). The books, the conversations, the tests, the papers, my peers EVERYTHING! All love.
Well, my ex was not okay with me getting out of this marriage and getting an education to become an independent woman, and so made it very difficult for me to balance his chaos and school. I managed, barely, but stayed in the game. My GPA took a hit and I failed med micro twice, and I LOVED that class. I did eventually retake it and received the A that I knew I was capable of, but long story short, those 2 D's ruined my nursing major. I was forced to find another, so I tried out surgical technology. I liked that as well, but there is enough about that profession that did not attract me, so I left that and went to the major that I should have been in the first place-Psychology! Yes, Yes, and Yes!!! Here it is folks-the mind. The center where it all happens. I'm one year out from graduating and I am starting to seriously think about where to go next. Grad school? A PhD program? A BS in psychology is only the beginning.
Over the last few weeks, something amazing has happened to me. I felt that chrysalis peeling off to reveal the person that I am to become; A doctor of Psychiatry. It is to amazing to even put into words this feeling that I have. Never in my life have I wanted to work so hard, learn so much and be more tomorrow than I was today.
As a child, my father who is an MD, would take me with him when he was on call over the weekends (this was the late 70's-early 80's and things were much more relaxed then). My weekends were spent talking to my dad’s patients, hanging with the nurses, and running silly errands to keep me busy. My point is this: I have this in my blood. My father is the epitome of compassion and service to mankind is first-nature to him, and he has engrained this in me!
My medical knowledge is strong. My compassion is strong. My drive is unreal. Yes ladies, I have decided at 41 to take on that bull of an education, and apply to medical school. I have so much to do, and at this point, so much time. The only thing I need to really focus on this next year (besides start now on my MCAT review-which I have and plan to take it in the summer of 2014) is getting that GPA back up to where it should be! @014 will be a different story. A year of physics and preparation: letters of recommendation, MCAT, applications, resumes, etc…I feel like I’m rambling a bit, but I’m just so excited about my future that I can hardly keep my lid on!
I stumbled upon this amazing web page/blog/forum etc by chance! What a GREAT place to gather my thoughts! I have already, just from a few days spent here, learned WAY more that I had ever imagined. What a world medicine is, and what an honor to even have a chance to enter it! I am in awe. I am so incredibly open to any advice, friendship, and guidance that any of you amazing women might have to share with me for this great journey that I am planning on embarking on. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!
...and the third toughest job? Being a pre-med/med student! Ha! Life is GOOD and your post touched me. Wild indeed. Sometimes in order to find your true self, you need to take that leap into the abyss. I'm just getting started but I truly feel that if the dream is in the heart, there is a higher plan in the works. Thank you for sharing!
I am Deborah, I am from Denmark but currently studying and working in Germany. I love to hear other members experiences and stories that's why I am here. I found this forum through Google (yeah who doesn't right)
I am 28, married, and finishing my prerequisites. I plan to apply to medical school for entry in 2015, fingers and toes very crossed!
My husband will finish law school this August. I have been working and taking my prerequisites since before he began law school, pacing myself to pay our bills and learn these subjects. Law school has not been easy for us, but we adjusted quickly and have just learned how to use our time differently! I believe this will help us navigate now that my turn is approaching.
As far as children go, we are hoping to try to get pregnant once he is through, although we know that specific planning is likely futile. He will take the bar next February and we hope to find a cozy house to get out of our cramped apartment once he has a full-time job.
I am looking for support as someone close to me spent an hour yesterday telling me that medical school will destroy my life and my marriage. I am baffled and somewhat disheartened. I remember hearing the same opinions about law school when my husband started, and while it has certainly been life-changing and difficult, we are stronger and dare I say saner for it.
I would love feedback on the baby idea and my general situation.
Many thanks for a fantastic site. I feel better already.
Hi everyone, I'm new here and have been an RN for over 10 years in Norfolk, VA. I have 2 little ones and everyday I'm balance life and trying to keep everything in check. I love reading about other peoples experiences because it makes me feel that I'm not alone in my journey.
10+ years of nursing experience and currently a medical instrument specialist. I'm an avid Breast Cancer survivor and enjoy crocheting. <br />