:: eye of the storm ::

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A 27-year-old PA student who wants to visit all seven continents, write a book, work at a pediatric clinic in Africa, and basically meet as many of the world's challenges as possible.

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Life List

(already accomplished)

Become a PA

Visit all 7 continents

Take a SwimTrek trip

Bike through Western Europe

Raft the Grand Canyon

Improve my Spanish proficiency

Go on safari in Africa

Trace my roots at Ellis Island

Vacation in Hawaii

Work on a hospital ship in a Third World country

Celebrate New Year's in Times Square

Visit all 50 states (29 to go: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY)

See the ruins at Pompeii

Swim in Capri's Blue Grotto

Tour Mt. Vesuvius

Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

Tour the Colosseum

Visit the D-Day beaches

See the Mona Lisa

Visit the palace at Versailles

See the Acropolis and Parthenon

See the Egyptian pyramids

Hike the Inca Trail

Walk El Camino Santiago

Take an Alaskan cruise

View the Taj Mahal at sunrise

Hike Table Mountain in South Africa

Climb through the Amazon canopy

Walk at least part of the Great Wall of China

Get laser hair removal

Learn to surf, ski, and snowboard

Learn to drive a stick-shift

Learn to play the piano

Go on a tropical cruise

Ride horseback on the beach

Ride in a hot air balloon

Get tickets to the Olympics

Go to adult Space Camp

Witness a shuttle launch from up close

Build a full-sized snowman

Sew a quilt out of my old race T-shirts

Update and continue my Life Scrapbook

Become the oldest person to ever do the River Run

Live to be a happy, healthy 100 years old - at least!

(unlikely dreams)

zondag 21 juni 2009

Knowing that I'm finally counting down my final year before PA school makes me so happy. Depending on where I end up going, I might start in June or I might start in August, but either way, I plan to take at least a month off from work and "life" before it all begins. These programs are so rigorous that students practically have to ask permission to take a shower, let alone have a day off, so I want to make sure my "relaxation tank" is as full as it can be before I embark on that particular journey. And although I really like my job, I'm also really ready to feel like I'm "moving forward" again. I made the decision to go to PA school in January 2007, so I've been in "pre-PA" limbo ever since -- doing prerequisite courses, finding jobs to rack up medical experience, researching various programs, taking note of deadlines, writing essays, and so forth. This will have been a three-and-a-half-year "layover", and I'm ready for my next flight to arrive.

Anyway, so either April or June 2010 will be my last full month at work. As I said, Duke (which starts in August) pretty much has to be my number-one choice -- if they take me, I'd be insane to turn them down -- and I really think I meet or exceed all their expectations, judging by the website. My GPA and amount of medical experience are around the 75th percentile of their usual class makeup, and my GRE scores are even higher. That would mean an August start... but if Duke doesn't pan out, a June start would probably be more likely. No way to predict at this point.

July - submit MUSC application and Duke supplemental application

August - buy new laptop (*cue heavenly music*!!!)

September - interview at UF (if I'm lucky) and start final prerequisite course (Orgo I)

October - final deadline for all application materials to be submitted

November - interview at Duke, Pacific, and MUSC (again, if I'm lucky)

December - finish Orgo I

January - interview at ECU

February - final decisions issued (although hopefully I'll have already heard something)

March - final deadline for application decisions

April - last month at work

May - take a month OFF

June - START PA SCHOOL, if I go to Pacific or UF or Medical

or, depending on the school:

(July - take my month off)

(August - START PA SCHOOL, if I go to Duke or ECU)

Anyway, there's obviously still a long way to go. But knowing that this will definitely be my "last July" at my current job, that there is less than a year to go, is a big morale boost. The image in my head is that of a pie graph with a small slice taken out of it, which will grow larger as the days, weeks, and months roll by. Again, I truly like my current job and I've been very, very lucky to have it -- but I don't want to work for $13 an hour for the rest of my life, always being the "support player", never getting to diagnose and treat. Pardon my arrogance -- but I'm better than that. And I can't wait to prove it.

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