Friday, July 16, 2010

magic 8 ball, what does my future hold?

Got the gigantic information packet from University of Portland for transferring nursing students. OMG... it's insane how each State/University/Private school offering their services for me to obtain my RN have very different pre-reqs! If I had my pick (and could not only afford my school of choice but realistically just go to school for two years after PCC), I'd be going to OHSU. The reality of my situation is something I'm accepting - who knows, Oprah could send me $100K for school and cost of living or I could win the lottery - but I started looking for other options. University of Portland seems to suit my needs. I haven't taken a tour of the campus or met any advisors in person, but I am still a year away from applying as a transfer student.

I like their location, their reputation, and their general student appreciation and support (everything I've absorbed through online research and speaking on the phone with people).

But I'm an over planner and want to make sure I'm on track. I knew I had to up my math credentials, (damn you statistics!!) and I would have to get some foreign language credits but literature and history? My writing compositions classes aren't enough? I FREAKING SCORED As IN BOTH WR121 and WR122!! Blarg. I feel like I have to completely re-assist my next year at PCC. Take classes I haven't even considered and really start looking at my finances - and start doing some serious saving.

How can you start saving when you live paycheck to paycheck? In the pit of my stomach I feel like I'm going to have to get rid of my car and get something much cheaper, aka, older. Alas, I have a year to figure shit out before I start filling out transfer applications. But it's exciting to know that I have year of school behind me. Silver lining, right?

When will I touch this light at the end of this very, very dark tunnel?


Jessica said...

Martha obtained her RN from UP. They have a reputable program.

Of course, I have a total bias for OHSU...

Dump the car. It's going to suck, but it's worth it and you live in a very accessible city.

Hayley Freakin' Rules said...

Martha did?? That's great, now I can get some insight from someone who went through the program. I'm not sure I can dump the car - I don't live in the city and I have dogs. It's like having kids. God-forbid something happen and I need a vet run, I can't call a cab in SE Portland or take them on a bus.