Why I should keep my eyes on my own paper

I wrote about this lady blogger who is a nontraditional premed student, but I think I deleted that entry. I read her blog in reverse chronological order and the more I read, the more it made me feel sorry for her total cluelessness. Aside from the “Obama is a socialist” garbage, it was easy for a pre-med to want to distance himself from her after she posted what looks like a draft of her personal statement.

I read it. It was pretty bad. Maybe the admissions committees are made up of people who love that kind of garbage, but I felt gross after reading it. It was treacle-y, nonsensical, and, if I were on an admissions committee, I would wonder why we didn’t just put “common sense” down as a prerequisite. The story this woman tells is sort of grotesque. Some weeks after enrolling in a few student-at-large classes at the flagship campus of University of Minnesota, she encountered a black teenager with a knife wound in his leg. She asked what happened and he asked if she wanted to see it. She said yes and explained that she was in school to eventually attend med school. Then, it got worse.

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I have four tasks that are non-work related that need to be done. I have to write my personal statement for the postbac program at UMD, finish my lab on joints, find a part-time job, and figure out if this is actually a good idea.

I feel worried, scared, and a teensy bit alone.

Next year, if I can get Maryland residency, then I can schedule daytime classes, and possibly get some financial aid.

Dolla dolla bill y’all pricing of higher education

Fairly recently, I’d been thinking about attending nursing school (shorter trip than med school(, but I’m pretty alarmed by nursing school tuition.  Since I’m currently engaged,  I can’t plan to abandon my fiance for school. He needs me. I need him. And in the land of Lexuses, tuition is not cheap. Yet these second degree BSN programs have more than enough candidates vying to pay $100,000 for 24 months of education and a shiny degree from a school better known for its foreign service school than its nursing or medical schools. It’s weird. I think it’s totally unethical for the baby boomer administrators to dupe nursing students because nursing is (currently thought to be) a very stable careerpath and the BSN program enables liberal arts graduates to redeem themselves. But it’s not right. The nursing students are going to end up being paid $50K to start in this area. That seriously is not a great investment unless you’re willing to delay starting your real life. My generation doesn’t have $100K sitting around in their bank accounts. Maybe in Mom and Dad’s bank account for the less self-reliant types, but most of us sign away on GradPLUS loans for that kind of program.

I also don’t understand the people who attend Ivy League med schools. My sister attended the state med school because it was cheaper. But the uber-wealthy/entitled are always the ones doing all the talking and theorizing and justifying for Harvard Medical School and Yale Medical School. I didn’t realize it was just a bunch of hot air.

Let the pep rally begin…

I, a full-time administrative workerbee, recently started taking a biology class at a community college in a state with cheaper tuition. I live and work in DC and the magic of the interwebs is allowing me to take this class. The idea was to apply to attend nursing school and to take biology before I take Anatomy & Physiology. I’m toying with the idea of med school as well.

Why am I taking this course online at a community college not in my own area?  I don’t make very much and couldn’t afford the $1,000+/per credit price tag Georgetown offers its biology courses at. I could attend UDC at $75/credit, but their lab classes start at 5:30 pm and I don’t have that kind of flexibility in my work schedule. UMD is an option, but they end up being just as inflexible as UDC. Northern Virginia Community College offers classes on the weekend, but DC residents have to pay $276/credit. My out-of-state community college in charges $50/credit. Sweet, especially for someone who is carless and on my salary (though even $200 can be a hit to my budget). Read the rest of this entry »

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