I am, in short, alive. What have I been up to? Let’s recap my 2015 plans!
I had a great no-spend month in January. I should invoke such personal challenges every month because spending money without an active income is kind of a stupid notion.
From January to early March I temporarily moved away from home (about an hour’s drive) and completed a 300 hour practicum with a glowing review at the end- my preceptor has also agreed to be my reference for job applications yay!
Since about mid-March, I’ve been chipping away at my second 300 hour practicum. So far I’ve completed 168 hours, so I’m a little bit over half way there, which I am really excited about. My last day at this practicum is May 8th. I’ve been working on job applications for my life post-academia and I do hope to get a job somewhere. It’s a little scary to think that I’m going to be “done” school for a bit. All I’ve done is school. From that year of preschool, all through kindergarten to grade 12, then I immediately went into an undergraduate program following high school (and did that for 5 years), and after graduation with a B.Sc in 2012, I went into the nursing program that I’m about to graduate from. All I’ve done is school. From age 4 to 25, that is what I know. School. Of course, in that time frame I did graduate a few times. But still, for the majority of my life, all I’ve done is school.
It’s weird to think about being ‘done’ school when in reality I’d like to finish off my nursing specialty certificate, maybe do a Masters one day, or become a Nurse Practitioner (once the role of an NP becomes better defined in British Columbia). But those are the one of these days dreams. I can definitely coax a future employer in funding my nursing specialty certificate, but it may be harder to get someone to bankroll my Masters degree.
Between now and May 8th, I’ll busy chipping away at the rest of my 300 hours, working on job applications (keep your fingers crossed that I get hired!) and studying to write the NCLEX.