RQOTD - Weekend Edition

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RQOTD - Weekend Edition

If you had to do it over again, what would you study in school?

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My degree is in business and management. But if I were to do it all over again I would have gone for biology or chemisty or some other science. Not that a business degree isn't great, it is just boring working in an office all day.

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I'm pretty happy with where I am in life right now. My original plan was to become a PA. I still toy with that thought, but Nursing is working out perfectly with my home life. No where else would they be so flexible with me. Smile

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I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, so guess I'd keep my BS in Business Admin. lol. At least the knowledge I gained from those courses have helped me out in life.

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I think I would have gone to teacher's college. That or veterinary medicine. As it is, I'm okay with where I am.

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Wait, you mean not everyone does it over? lol
I think I would have studied nursing to begin with, but I don't know. My degree in journalism led to living in NYC and a great job...just ended up not wanting to do that forever.

I'm done with my RN in early May though, and then just two more years (after at least a one year break) until I have my MSN and Nurse Practitioner. Good think I like to learn.

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Joy, you are pretty amazing! Not a lot of people have the motivation to do what you are accomplishing. Good for you!!

I'm not sure I would change fields. I like the field of psychology and I like the flexibility of working in a public school setting. But... there are many things I do not like about working in the public school setting as well... If were 10 years younger, I would likely go back for the final few years for my doctorate, specializing in school neuropsychology.

Oh, and I would continue to play the lottery every week with hopes that I could be a SAHM full time.

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Joy, you are pretty amazing! Not a lot of people have the motivation to do what you are accomplishing. Good for you!!

I'm not sure I would change fields. I like the field of psychology and I like the flexibility of working in a public school setting. But... there are many things I do not like about working in the public school setting as well... If were 10 years younger, I would likely go back for the final few years for my doctorate, specializing in school neuropsychology.

Oh, and I would continue to play the lottery every week with hopes that I could be a SAHM full time.

Ha ha! I feel the exact same way about the lottery.

I did the doctorate thing, although not in school neuropsychology. I hated the process and would never do it again. I am still ABD. It was a variety of factors that made me stop working on my dissertation. Mostly, it was the fact that my chair had an affair with a student, became all kinds of crazy, got fired (basically since he was told that he was no longer eligible for tenure), and moved to no one knows where with the data he promised me. I was very close to my dissertation proposal at the time. That means, I had chapters 1-3 almost finished. After your proposal, you only have two chapters left. I was over halfway there! I stuck it out for 3 more years attempting to work with a new chair on an entirely different dissertation topic. My new chair was not the mentor I needed (unfortunately) and Isaiah was born. I could not bring myself to sacrfice a lot of time with my son for the disseration. I think a lot of my motivation to finish died when I had to start over. I don't ever regret it though. I knew that when I decided to call it quits. It was a hard decision, but I have never looked back. I don't ever really wonder what I would have done if I had finished my doctorate. That is the most important thing, I guess. Here I am, working in the schools...loving and hating it all at the same time. I love the flexible schedule and the summers off. I hate many other things about working in the schools. I wonder if our lists would be similar.

Cali - Have you ever read this blog http://studentsgrow.blogspot.com/

As for changing careers, I love psychology and it is nice that it actually pays the bills, so I would probably choose it again. In my dream world, I would study marine biology. I love all of that stuff. I try to remember to watch Shark Week every year and I love the idea of being a dolphin trainer. Smile

Who would have thought that you would get a book out of me in answer to this question? ROFL Not that I am ever wordy....never ever.

Joy- I really do think you are amazing. I cannot imagine going to school and doing what you do all the time, plus being a mom. You go girl!

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"melnzai" wrote:

Ha ha! I feel the exact same way about the lottery.

I did the doctorate thing, although not in school neuropsychology. I hated the process and would never do it again. I am still ABD. It was a variety of factors that made me stop working on my dissertation. Mostly, it was the fact that my chair had an affair with a student, became all kinds of crazy, got fired (basically since he was told that he was no longer eligible for tenure), and moved to no one knows where with the data he promised me. I was very close to my dissertation proposal at the time. That means, I had chapters 1-3 almost finished. After your proposal, you only have two chapters left. I was over halfway there! I stuck it out for 3 more years attempting to work with a new chair on an entirely different dissertation topic. My new chair was not the mentor I needed (unfortunately) and Isaiah was born. I could not bring myself to sacrfice a lot of time with my son for the disseration. I think a lot of my motivation to finish died when I had to start over. I don't ever regret it though. I knew that when I decided to call it quits. It was a hard decision, but I have never looked back. I don't ever really wonder what I would have done if I had finished my doctorate. That is the most important thing, I guess. Here I am, working in the schools...loving and hating it all at the same time. I love the flexible schedule and the summers off. I hate many other things about working in the schools. I wonder if our lists would be similar.

Cali - Have you ever read this blog http://studentsgrow.blogspot.com/

OMGosh, I can't believe what you experienced trying to get through your dissertation. I'm glad you do not hold any regrets. Honestly, I didn't proceed with the doctoral program as I was more interested in starting my family. I was getting older and decided I didn't have the motivation to get through the program. And then I had the infertility card dealt to me and then my $$ went quickly into the red.... If the Ph.D program would really helped boost me in my career in some way shape or form, I would re-consider it.

Thanks for the link. I will have to check it out!