Monday, May 10, 2010

Student Loans

Ok. It's been about a week since my semester ended. I start my pracical component in about 2 weeks. I am so nervous - but this is not the subject of this post.

This is about money! I pride myself on not needing much, but I do need some and I am fast running out. Running out is kind of a stretch - more like running in a deficit now.

My student loan should come "soon" and is quite generous for the next 4 months, since I technically did not have a working period between school and this semester of practicum. Then I will need to apply again for the semester September - December, and again for January - April. It kind of sickens me to watch the debt add up. On the other hand, I feel like this is an investment. When I first graduate I won't be making quite as much as I left behind at my office job, but as time goes on the scale should tip in the direction of my health care job.

In addition, I feel like I will be making a difference in the world (a little idealistic I know). I definitely was not making a difference in anyone's life when I churned out financial statements on a daily basis, wasted away time in a coffee line up, and gossiped about who the next firee would be.

That being said, I am a firm believer that you get out of something what you put into something. I obviously put nothing into my last career, and therefore shouldn't have really expected to get anything out of it. I feel much more invested in this second choice career. I let go of my job and my paycheque and have spent 2 years working towards this goal. I already feel extremely invested. I am invested in this stethoscope, and my red scrubs. I am invested in my Egan's and Kacmarek. I love everything about this time around. I hope that this feeling of euphoria (likely caused by spending too many days in my pj's watching junk TV) follows me into the hospital setting.

Time will tell, and I will still be feeling like a newbie when I start paying back these loans.

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