Here We Go Again

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

So life is about to get a little bit more crazy. I work full-time as a Registered Nurse and am expecting my first born baby any day now. It is said, caring for a child is equivalent to having two and a half jobs. So I guess I will soon be employed by three and half jobs in addition to this exciting and unexpected news...

Come Fall 2022, I will be a student again! I was offered admission into the Doctor of Nursing Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing! I submitted my application back in November, not expecting to get accepted. Not because I didn't think I had what it takes, but because the program I applied to is extremely competitive and many of the applicants I talked to have been in their nurse role for way longer than I have been. I love hearing the experiences of others but I have learned that it's not always a good thing to measure someone else's success to yours. If I had taken into account my year and a half in nursing and compared it to everyone else's 3, 5, 8 years in nursing, I would have never applied. I was chosen, chosen because I had lots of experience in other areas of life.

This was my first experience where I had to interview with a committee (which included the director of the program along with a few professors) before receiving a decision on my application. When I received the email that they wanted to interview me, I instantly panicked. I thought my pregnancy would be a crippling factor. Who is going to want to accept a new mom into a program that is vigorous and requires time and dedication? I had to quickly remind myself that no matter what I had going on in my personal life does not and will not determine my work ethic, dedication, drive and discipline. If that could not be seen through this interview than it will not be the school for me.

Well, what's meant to be will be. I interviewed on a Friday afternoon, and they sent me an acceptance letter on Saturday morning.Best interview I've had ever. They were easy to talk to and I was even comfortable enough to crack a few jokes that they too appreciated. I am so thankful for the opportunity to continue my education and advance my career. I will always seek growth. It is apart of who I am. This journey is a bittersweet one. This will be my terminal degree.

When I decided to get my Master's degree in Public Health back in 2013, I had no idea where I would end up. Fast forward to present day, I am happy to find out that some of the courses I took back then, will apply towards my DNP-FNP requirements making my coursework a little lighter. I'm sure my husband and baby will appreciate that. I plan to share this journey with you all. Certain life decisions aren't made lightly but I hope my story can inspire and help anyone and everyone who has their own personal goals that they feel is unobtainable. Traditional paths of life aren't for everyone. I know I haven't taken them. I am glad the roads I've chosen have led me here. I hope you too choose to take a leap and bet on yourself. I promise, you'll be surprised how amazing and unstoppable you are.

Whats new in your life? What goals have you set for yourself in 2022? Let's chat!


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