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August 26th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

One year ago this week, I rushed to Bunker Hill Community College, in a last minute attempt to register for Fall classes. I’d finally decided on a new career to pursue.

After graduating from Emerson College in 2003, I distinctly remember saying on many occasions, that I would never go back to school. From my first meeting with the Marine recruiters in February ’05, I had planned on a career in the Marine Corps, up until I realized that dream was impossible. For months I struggled with the decision of which direction I wanted my life to go. Finally, in August of last year, I made my decision: I am going to be a nurse.

Since I didn’t take a single math or science course in my 4 years at Emerson (other than Psychology), I had to take quite a few prerequisites before I could work towards a Bachelor of Science degree. I started off with General Biology, Statistics, and College Algebra. Spring of this past year I took Anatomy & Physiology I, Chemistry, and Microbiology. Finally this summer, I took Anatomy & Physiology II, Food & Nutrition, and Psychology of Human Growth & Development.

I was accepted into New York University’s 15-month Accelerated Nursing Program, and this past June I moved to New York City. This is why I was so excited about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which should cover almost all of my tuition at NYU.

I start classes in less than two weeks. I’m a little nervous, but am mostly excited about starting this next chapter of my life. If all goes well, I’ll graduate in a year from Christmas.

  1. August 27th, 2009 at 08:04 | #1

    Mike, great news about the GI Bill! That’s awesome!

    I’m writing this during a break from my HVAC classes at HGTC. La has started her pre-reqs for physical therapy–a lot of overlap with your courses…anatomy, physiology, math, physics… Both of us are enjoying the reactivation of parts of the brain that have remained dormant throughout our liberal arts educations.

  2. brian
    August 27th, 2009 at 13:38 | #2

    I’m so glad that you’re doing well and back on a path with purpose. The way you’ve accepted and dealt with your injury and the lingering effects has been inspiring. I wish you much success in school!

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