A Total 180
A lot has happened since my last post. Essentially, my life has gone in an entirely different direction: a total 180.
First off, I’m no longer going to nursing school in Chicago; instead I’m staying in CA and going to a school a little over an hour away from my hometown. “Why?” you ask. There’s a complicated answer to that….what it comes down to really is the plethora of opportunities I have at this school here:
1. Chicago is COLD and this California girl was not ready for that. This, however, was not a major contributing factor; I was mature and based my decision on more important things. Read on…
2. The director of the midwifery portion of my nursing program is my mentor and current boss. She fought for me to get into the program now and I know she’ll provide me with a ton of networking opportunities that I couldn’t have gotten elsewhere.
3. Money. As I’ve posted about before, this is a major concern for me right now. Chicago’s program (just tuition and fees) is about 3X as expensive as the local program I’m attending under the “in-state” tuition rate. Furthermore, I found out that I qualify for university grants here and that was such an unexpected blessing!
4. A long time family friend is going to law school very close to my nursing school and her mom offered to help us out majorly with our rent at an apartment. This was what got me. The first time moving out of my house, trying to navigate the scary world of rent, utilities, bills and she’s willing to help with that…I’m in! We moved in a little over 2 weeks ago now and I’m in love.
So, in short, BEST DECISION EVER. It has definitely been the hardest decision I’ve made so far in my life since it potentially moves my life on a different path than I was planning on but I’m really excited. I’ve always been taught to walk through the door that God opens because it’s not a coincidence and too many things fell in line with the nursing program in CA for me to mistake this as anything other than the plan of the Big Guy up there.
I hope to post more and keep up to date throughout this busy process. School starts in 2 weeks so wish me luck!