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Non Traditional Student thoughts

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

So I got down to mapping out my education plan on Sunday and learned that if I got an associates in Nursing before I transferred to the university it would actually take me 2 more years* to get to grad school. And if I got an associates in Biology I would have to take 2 or possibly 3 more chemistry classes than I was planning on.

Now the main thing is to do my Nursing prerequisites, but the way the application cycle works, I will have most of a year of not doing much, or I could get an associates in something, and at this point it could be nearly anything. Other ideas I've had:
-Geographic Information Systems is what I started on in 2009, and I have 3 classes toward that. I love it, and it could be relevant to doing research in grad school.
-Pscyhology, since my long term goal would be psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I would have 2 classes toward the program. But I'd still have to take 4 classes per term instead of 3 or so.
-Fitness. I could have an associates and be a personal trainer. Then my studies would help with my fitness instead of competing with it. It would also cross reinforce with the human biology I'm of the nursing program, but I'd be starting from scratch and taking about 5 more credit hours per term.
-ASL. This jumped out at me as I was scanning the majors and programs list last minute. This would tie back to my bachelors in linguistics and put me in a position to serve not only deaf people, but children with learning disorders using sign. And it's one area that the community college appears to have a more robust program than the university.

Or I could do something else entirely different. Thought I probably need to decide in the next month or so.

*I could apply to the associates in nursing 6 months sooner, but they only hold courses fall and spring (while the 2nd bachelors program at the university utilizes 2 summers) and then I'd have to do the RN to BSN program, which is online but still another 16 months.
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