Big Sigh

LOL, I just let out a huge sigh (thus the title of this post).  I have made and changed my mind so many times over the last week its a wonder my mind is still holding itself together.

Finally choosing my major for good is a great relief, none of the others sounded right in my head.  Even teacher didn’t quite sound right, although I am sure I would have enjoyed it and been damn good at it.

Just to think a week ago, I wasn’t planning on going to school, I wasn’t planning on being anything.  I was learning SELinux in hopes of getting my RHCSA (Red Hat certification).  It made no sense to me and Teresa doesn’t know it very well or couldn’t explain it very well to me.

Then I discovered WGU.  I still think I would have thrived there.  The cram as many classes as you can in a semester for a blanket cost has an incredible amount of appeal.  Yes, I have read about people who got bachelor’s degrees in 4 months there.  It can be done, not easily, you’d REALLY have to know the topic.  WGU respawned my desire to go to school, for that I will always have a soft spot for that University.  It’s my backup for if I don’t keep a 3.75 GPA.  Its cheap and I could get a degree fairly quickly.

I kicked around a couple different majors at WGU, both in IT and Teaching, finally picking Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) as my goal.  Teaching is an honorable profession that more people need to get into.  It is my #2 dream… to be a teacher.

Which brings me to DMACC.  Iowa has a nice system set up here.  Community Colleges are basically local low level University extensions.  What I mean is, if you take English in a Community College, that exact English Class will be offered in the Universities. 1 for 1 translation.  Which is pretty cool in my book.  My plan is to get an AS (Associate of Science) degree from the Community College.  Doing it slowly as to not put any undo pressure onto myself that might trigger anything.

When I graduate from DMACC in 2 1/2 years, I will probably end up at Iowa State University, because it’s only an hour away and I technically could drive that every day for class, I wouldn’t want to but I could.  But I would prefer to go to University of Iowa in Iowa City.  Why?  The Carver School of Medicine is part of UofI and they give special consideration to graduates from UofI for admissions.  UofI, however, is 132 miles away or 2 hours.  Too far to drive every day, so I would have to rent a room somewhere for school and come home on the weekends.  Not optimum, but doable I guess.  I also will probably end up doing the same thing at ISU, so I change my statement, I will probably end up at UofI.

Then hopefully, I would end up at Carver School of Medicine, the 25th ranked medical school in the nation, local tuition vs out of state.  Have to save some money where I can.  There I would probably stay where I was staying while attending UofI.  Makes sense if I don’t end up in a pit.

So it would be 3 years at UofI to get my bachelors, 4 at med school, then hopefully residency at Lutheran Hospital here in Des Moines.  In Iowa, Residency is 3 years for Family Medicine.  Then I would be a doctor.  So I am looking at 12 1/2 years to become a doctor.  The long haul.  So, instead of a 57 year old doctor, its looking more of a 59 year old doctor.  But I will start treating patients in 7 1/2 years, while on med school rotation.  Heck, if I get into med school I will be helping with surgeries and other medical things after 2 years.  A little intimidating at this point.  But nothing I won’t be able to handle.

I thank those of you who actually read these posts.  Most of them are thinking out loud.  Plus, they are anxiety driven most of the time.  This post wasn’t.  I am actually pretty mellow right now (as I scroll back to see the little book this post has become).

I want to do this.  I want to succeed where I have failed oh so many times before.  Heck, if I can make it past 1 non-summer semester (summer semesters don’t count, they are short) I will be doing better than I have ever done before.

Oh yeah, I have done some math to figure out debt to become a doctor.  About a quarter of a million dollars is what it costs.  But starting you make between 150-250k a year, so it’s all good.

Well, there it is.  The past week and a bit of the hopeful future summarized in just over 800 words.





Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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