Think It Through Thursday

I feel like the last year has been a whirlwind of decision making. These have not been the garden-variety “do you want fries with that”, “red or white” or the ever confusing “can I hit the snooze button just one more time?” These decisions have been big ones.

One after the other – really big decisions. Most have been exciting. Some have been worlds of fun. Others have been stressful and scary.

“Will you marry me?”
“Eloping or wedding?”
“Is nursing the right path for me?”
“How do I transition from office work to healthcare?”
“Is it time to put the dog on medication to control his seizures?”
“Is the health of my aging parents OK and what can I do to help?”
“When can I quit my job and go to school full time?”
“How will we pay for all of this?”
“Where should I apply to nursing school?”
“Which degree is right for me?”

Ultimately, at this point, many of the really big decisions have been made. Now it’s the details.

When will I be able to get into a program, which nursing program is right, do I have the right pre-reqs for all of my programs, when should I take the GREs again?

Looking through the list, the next thing to decide is where I want to apply. Right now, I’ve got a long list of schools so I need to create a comparison sheet to really narrow down the right program for me.

UMass Boston
Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
UMass Boston
Curry College

I’ve created a spreadsheet to fill in where I can compare each program (including pre-reqs, cost and degree received). I will also try to schedule time at each school to visit the campus, view the facilities and meet with a rep from the nursing program to talk through my questions and concerns.

I’m enjoying this time of immense change and excitement, but I need to step back sometimes and just think it all through. Thankfully my husband has been amazingly supportive and believes in me and encourages me. Sometimes, just being able to see myself the way he sees me helps me believe more in myself!

2012 is going to be A-Ma-Zing!