Saturday, August 7, 2010

Something that has been on my mind for a while...years in fact.

I just finished talking to my friend Sarah Kay Welch, who was in the D.E. Nursing Program I am currently in at Marquette.  She is in D.O. medical school, starting her M2 year shortly, at Midwestern University in Chicago.  We had a very cathartic talk about something that I have been wanting to do for a while now, and that is applying to medical school.  I have been wanting to apply for medical school ever since I have been 18 years old, but didn't due to a number of factors, such as my mother's mental illness (more on that in future posts), finances (I was literally almost broke by the end of 2009), fear about my previous MCAT scores, and being scared about what to write about in my personal statement.  I know that this may be sacrilege to some of my fellow students who are earnest about becoming nurses.

One thing I am all about is living my life without regrets, and I have to consider two things.  One is if I would best serve patients as a doctor or a nurse practitioner/registered nurse.  Secondly, I have to consider how I will feel about the rest of my life as a person for something that I have been wanting to do for a long time.  I don't want to live my life with a looming regret that I can potentially address now.  When to apply is a question that runs through my mind as well.

There are many more things that I need to consider, such as how this will affect Trevor's plans and mine, and how we would adjust our relationship if we moved to a place where he couldn't find a job terribly easily.  Trevor also wants to go on to graduate school as well, and one of his plans is to work on a Master's degree, starting in a year.  How should I bring this up to Trevor?

So my question to everyone out there is, did you have a regret like mine? If so, did you do anything to resolve it? And you can be frank about my aspiration, as well, or ask me questions about anything, I'm such an open book, it doesn't matter what you ask me.

1 comment:

  1. I understand your feelings. I have thought about medical school many times. And you are not alone with not liking some of the nursing stuff. I hate some of the things we are learning to do.
    For me the reason I chose this program versus medical school is that midwives have a much better view of pregnancy and childbirth than (most) physicians. But I don't really want to be a nurse. This program is just a means to an end for me.
    But you have to do what is right for you. And if that means medical school, then do that.