Written on November 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Filed under: Nursing School with tags:

Now that I have been officially denied any loans or grants for the upcoming school term (January 5 to May 8), the looming total of how much I owe for student loans is final: $16,477. That would be $16,477 Canadian dollars for what amounts to be what I borrowed to cover 4 terms of school (which was 20 months of school).

$16,477, which was $823.85 a month.

To put that into perspective, this amount would be approximately 3,543 Chai tea lattes1, 659 movie dates, 275 full tanks of gas2, give or take 131 textbooks, or 1 nursing degree at an accredited institution in British Columbia that opens the doors for me to work pretty much anywhere in Canada, the USA, or a Commonwealth country (g’day, Australia?).

It seems like an incredibly daunting number because, hello, it is. $16,477. The only thing that I’ve ever spent more money on in my entire life was my first degree (which was shy of $25k, but I graduated with exactly $0 in debt due to working full time during summer terms). The reason that I had to take out loans was because this program just does not lend itself well to working during summers, and I honestly just didn’t want to. It was a luxury that I could afford to take because of the fact that I don’t mix school and work well.


That’s going to be fun to pay off… Not. Fingers crossed for finding a job as a new graduate straight away!

  1. from Starbucks in Canada
  2. for the Toyota Avalon, which takes premium


Written on November 7, 2014 at 12:01 am
Filed under: Personal with tags:

25. 25. 25.

4 more clinical days.

2 written finals. 1 simulated lab final.

Approximately (provided my friend’s countdown app on her phone isn’t off) 184 days until my last day of next term.

And then graduation a month later.

I’m so close. So, so, so close. Pay a bunch of money, write an expensive test, (pass!) get licensed, work. Excitement will be had at the end of the tunnel.




One or Six

Written on September 7, 2014 at 11:53 am
Filed under: Clay with tags: ,

Depending on how you count it, I am either celebrating my 1st anniversary (again) or my 6th anniversary with my boyfriend today (or sometime in the next few weeks). This is because a little over a year ago, we broke up. Then we got back together after talking for what felt like a really long time.

The last year has been amazingly difficult and not difficult, all at the same time. Love is a confusing emotion at times, and the distance that I had put between us made me see things better, with more clarity. The talking helped, because it allowed me to just vent, say what I was thinking, express all the emotions. And now here we are. Awkwardly six years in. Very awkwardly at times, but we made it.

Happy first anniversary, again.

And happy sixth anniversary, for the first time.


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