Differences as a Returning Student

It’s 2a.m., I’m covered in barf, and I have a test tomorrow.

Mid-week sorority party?

More like everyday life as a student with a baby.

This is my second go-around at school. I finished my Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2011 and after a few years of soul-searching and re-evaluating life plans, I am now taking prerequisite courses in Communication Disorders so I can get into a Speech Pathology graduate program. I was a little nervous to go back to school, specifically because now I have a family. I knew it would be different–harder–but I could not have anticipated just how different it would be. Continue reading

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Education Empowers

We all know that education is important. Sometimes, though, as we go through the tedium of homework, projects and tests, we forget that the things we learn have real application in our lives. How lucky we are when life reminds us how valuable our education really is!

Last semester I took Acoustics & Anatomy of Hearing. I haven’t always been that confident in my science comprehension skills, but I’ve found that I enjoy rehabilitation, which requires me to get confident in them. Every semester I have to give myself a “You’re not dumb” pep talk at some point in the semester. This class needed a few of those. Continue reading

We Need Women in Healthcare

So my daughter hates the doctor. I can’t blame her, we had to take her to the ER three times in her first 9 months of life. She had to get a catheter the first time, so I can understand her distaste. Even when she was a newborn in the hospital, she freaked out when her temperature was taken. Still does. Screams bloody murder when when a stethoscope gets near her. Which made me quite fascinated with her apparent love of the doctor toy set at grandma’s house over the holidays. Yes, child, please play with those so you hate them less the next time we go to the doctor.

Then my mama imagination took over and I wondered what she’d want to be when she grew up. Maybe she’d go to medical school, or become a nurse, or physical therapist, or something to make up for all the hell she causes at those offices. I’ve known a lot of people who have gone to med/PT/OT/nursing/dental/etc. school, so my first thought was, “Oh kiddo, those would all suck.” Continue reading

Time to Get Lazy!

People, friday was my last final and the last day of the semester at work. Which means it’s vacation time baby!! Wooh! We’re visiting family in Utah for 10 days and we get back the day before the New Year holiday begins at work, so I get a total of 17 days off of work. I am SO excited! Naturally, I channeled my inner Ace Ventura when I left work and my final that day.

Via Funny or Die

Yes, that is how I dance. Via Funny or Die

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Midterms Got You Down?

There were quite a few sad sophomores in my office over the last two weeks. Why? Because they had their first round of tests in their business courses. Tests for accounting, econ, and stats all in the same week. Many thought they went in knowing the material and were crushed when they saw their D’s. I have never taken accounting before, but I can guarantee I’d be in the D range on my first test. Continue reading

When Your Major Isn’t “The One”

The most challenging part of my new job came up last week. I have to tell students that they will not be admitted into their major of choice because their grades aren’t good enough. It’s like breaking up with them and saying, “It’s not me, it’s you.” Burn.

Sometimes in our education and career plans we need to have a he’s just not that into conversation with ourselves and realize, “You know, I don’t really have the aptitude for this.” It can dent our confidence, but ultimately is a positive thing in regards to your future. There’s a quote I heard about dating when I was young{er} that says, “The wrong one is the right one to lead you to the best one.” That little gem got me through more than a couple breakups, but I think it applies to a lot of things in life.

Fry is so wise. Via Relatably.

Fry is so wise. Via Relatably.

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