I’ve been hinting for a couple of months now that changes were coming, but I haven’t been that specific. I mentioned that I will be starting nursing school, but I haven’t gone into too much detail. I wanted to wait until everything was a little more locked in and I could give a full life update. As of today I am officially registered for nursing school! I think it’s safe to say things will be changing a lot this year, but it will be for the better.
Why I Made a Change
Towards the end of my freshman year of college I was really struggling with what I wanted to do. I went into college with the plan of double majoring in event management and business, but I was (incorrectly) told that’s not something I would be able to do. My desire was to work in a hospital and was hoping to do something in administration. I decided to go the business route and I just wasn’t loving it. Because of this I ended up speaking with a career counselor and decided to change my major to nursing with a minor in business. I took anatomy fall of sophomore year and completely failed it. Something in me just didn’t want to study. I changed my major to event management and I was excited for my future.
As I’ve mentioned, after graduation finding a job was a very difficult process. I was unhappy and it was overwhelming. Finally, I got a job as a concierge and was ready to work my way up. I was excited to be working in the tourism industry and for the experiences I would have. Nursing was always in the back on my mind, but it was never something I thought too much about. As time went on though, I realized working in a hotel was not for me. I loved the place I worked, but the work I was doing wasn’t making me happy.
My mom, who works in hospital education, invited me to an education fair. I basically walked in the door and immediately knew I needed to start nursing. I spoke with several schools that day and left with an idea of how I wanted my life to change…
Starting soon I will be attending Galen College of Nursing in the Tampa Bay area. It is a private nursing college in my area. Because of my poor grade in Anatomy during college I would have a difficult time applying for most nursing programs. That’s the primary reason I choose Galen over any other school, but they are still an excellent college with a great nursing program. I am excited I will have the opportunity to start so quickly.
Over the summer, I retook Anatomy and Physiology 1 and did considerably better than my first go-round. My experience with Anatomy this time around solidified my desire to go to nursing school and showed me this is something I can do if I put my mind to it.
My plan is to attend Galen for approximately two years to earn my associates in nursing. At that point I will start working as a nurse and go on to earn my bachelors within the next year or so following my graduation. I choose to go the associate route instead of going to straight to getting my bachelors so I would have the opportunity to begin working sooner than if I were doing both at the same time.
So if you know me at all, you know I seriously could not stop talking about moving out. I’m very independent and there’s something about being at my parent’s house that I just didn’t like the idea of. My room wasn’t really my style and felt very over crowded and I didn’t feel like I had my own food. After deciding to go to nursing school though, I realized moving out would not be a financially sound decision. Instead, I used a portion of the money I had been saving to move out on redoing my room and my parents gave me some space that’s specifically mine for food.
I just started working on my room, but I’m already completely in love with it! I will have a whole blog post coming soon, but so far even the changes I’ve made already make such a difference in my feelings about being at home! While I’m still a little disappointed about not moving out, I know it’s the right decision and I’m happy I will be home for my time in school.
As I begin this exciting, busy part of my life be on the lookout for a lot of fun and new content. I will work to make sure the content keeps coming. There are two reasons I started this blog. I want to document my experiences and I want to share what I’m learning with others. Blogging is a lot more work than I anticipated (and I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface). I’m so thankful I have this opportunity to share my story though and I hope my experiences are able to help others!