And so, the adventure begins!
I was sitting at my desk wondering, “What else is there for me to do.” I was working at a bank, an 8:30 am to 4:30 pm job, banker’s hours. . I started working there when I was a senior in high school. It was not a bad career choice, but I always felt that I should be doing something else. The business world was starting to become mundane to me.
I started to look into the healthcare field, something that I had an interest in. I decided that I was going to take a class at the local community college. I took the basic EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course, I loved it! The course opened my eyes to what people do in emergencies in the medical field. I ended up volunteering at my local volunteer ambulance. I became a medic on an ambulance, gained some valuable experience, and meet some great people.
In 1995, I decided that I was going to make a change. I decided that I was going to go leave my banking job, go back to college and earn a degree in Nursing. It felt so right and exciting when I decided to go back to school! I had a lot to think about though. What type of nursing degree was I going to go for? Where was I going to work so that I can pay for college, my car, expenses etc.…? What college was I going to go to and where was I going to be accepted at? How many prerequisites do I have to take or will some of my college credits transfer over to this new degree? Am I making the right choice? Am I smart enough? Will people think I am crazy for going back to college again? This was such an uncertain time for me, but at the same time challenging myself to go where I have always shied away from. I needed a change and the time was now!
I had decided that I was going to go back to the college where I earned my Bachelors in Psychology. I was daughtered into their program since I already had a Bachelor’s degree from there. This was a state college, the most affordable college for me at that time. There were several different private colleges around here that I could have chosen, but they were much pricier and expensive than the state college.
I had met up with the woman who was going to be my counselor for the nursing program. Under her suggestion, I signed up at a local community college to start the prerequisites that I needed in order to enter the bachelors program. I was on a role now! I signed up to take some biology and chemistry classes. After all, I never had any of these types of classes in high school. I was venturing into uncharted water. I was never exposed to the table of elements, cadavers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, petri dishes, dead cats, sheep brains, and labs. I thought there was no way I was going to pass these classes. I realized, once I applied myself, I can actually learn this and pass these classes.
When I started to pass all of these classes, I realized I was smarter than I thought I was. With age came the understanding and confidence that I needed to apply to these classes so that I can apply this knowledge to my nursing education. If I can pass these classes, anyone can. The persistence to plug along, take the necessary classes, and trust that I was making the right decision for myself allowed me to feel comfortable that I had chosen the right path. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr. I was taking the steps that allowed my adventure to begin.