But will it only be one more semester? When I switched degrees to sociology from chemistry, I planned on going to nursing school. I applied that summer to the UAA in Fairbanks program and was 19th on the wait-list, but I hadn't even finished all of the pre-req's and didn't have any other experience to help my application. I didn't give up then. I just decided to keep going with my sociology degree with a minor in biology. Then I would apply again.
Later, I realized I didn't want to get my bachelor of arts in sociology and then have an associate's nursing degree. So, I decided that I would do a bachelor of science in nursing. It made more sense than the associate degree. Then after talking with many, many people, I learned/discovered that there are Master's programs where you don't need to already hold an RN license. I could finish my sociology degree and apply to these programs!
I have two schools picked out for this plan: Oregon Health and Sciences University and Marquette University. Both would require a 1-year RN program followed by the 2-year master's program. OHSU would give me a second bachelor's degree and the master's degree, whereas Marquette would only get me the Master's degree.
But, to throw another wrench into the plan, I just learned that I should have been getting free tuition when Britton and I became financially interdependent. So, I figured, hey, I might as well use this and get a second degree - why not make my biology minor into a major.
Before Britton proposed to me and I learned about the free tuition, I was going to apply to the Master's programs in the fall and go in the spring. I was going to walk at graduation in the spring, but I can't ask my parents to come to Alaska twice in one summer (the second time is for my wedding) and have all my family go to New Mexico for Michael's graduation; that's not fair to them.
I also take Britton in consideration. He's getting into something he really likes - hockey. He has an amazing job that he enjoys too. He is nervous about moving away, especially if he doesn't already have a job lined up. I don't know that I want to live away from him, although I think I could really focus on nursing school if I did live in a different state. It would only make our relationship stronger. We have enough trust in each other.
So do I?:
#1: Get the sociology degree in December and apply to Nursing School.
Pros: It's the original plan. I'd complete my nursing goals. not the shortest plan, but gets me the most for my time.
Cons: nursing school is expensive. moving is expensive.
#2: Stick around UAF for another year and double major and then go to nursing school
Pros: double majoring in biology and sociology may make me a stronger candidate. the next year or two at UAF would be free. it allows Britton to stay in Fairbanks without worry of moving for another 2 years.
Cons: it's the longest option. nursing school is expensive. moving is expensive. my current loans will continue to build interest until I'm done
#3: Stick around UAF for another year and double major and get the hell out of school
Pros: I'd be done with school in 6 years with 2 degrees.
Cons: nursing school goal is incomplete. don't know if I could get a job doing something I like. I'm stuck in Fairbanks for an unknown amount of time.
#4: Get the sociology degree in December and get the hell out of school
Pros: no more school! Allows Britton to stay in Fairbanks without worry of moving.
Cons: have to pay back loans sooner, don't know if I could get a job doing something I like. I'm stuck in Fairbanks for an unknown amount of time.