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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

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maryse

i'm a jack of all trades by the way. it's actually a good thing in my job.


maryse

boy oh boy oh boy. you sound like me. and i'm 43. which is my way of saying ... dude...27 isn't too late.

now, i'm going to give you a bit of a reality check. (and i'm not a doctor, nor do i play one on tv. but i was pre-med in college and contemplated med school A LOT.. and hung out with med students when i was doing diabetes research.)

it's tough. tougher than anything you've ever tried before. and the people i've known who have succeeded in medicine are either geniuses, or have done nothing else but work. 24/7. i'm not telling you this because i don't think you can do it. if it's something you want bad enough, i think you can do it. but you have to want it with all of your being. i didn't. i was too distracted by other things to be able to focus. and i thought aobut med school a lot. after college and then after grad school.

i think you should definitely take biology in january. i think that's an excellent way to start.

i'm enthusiastically behind you by the way.

maya

Wow. This is a lot of stuff going on in your head! But just let me say, 27 is not at all too old to make a big life change. It's actually a great time! You are more mature and are putting more serious thought into what you want to do with your life. Who has the ability to do that when they are 18, with so much pressure to choose a career and be successful in school and life? I know I didn't have a clue back then. I guess the point is, you go out there, you try some stuff, you see what sticks and what you think you are willing to devote tremendous amounts of time and effort to. I shadowed a teacher, talked to lots of librarians, appllied to lots of schools, programs, and jobs, before I ended up in Boston (at 28/29)--and I am STILL not sure where I'm going. If anything, I've learned that effort is half the battle in making your professional pursuits more meaningful.

Did I make any sense? I really just wanted to say I know how you feel and don't give up! I think taking a class is an excellent way to see if you're up for the doctor challenge. Also, if you have the time, you could volunteer at a hospital. I did that in a children's ward, just playing with the sick kids when they were lonely, and it was very eye opening.

maryse

boy oh boy oh boy. you sound like me. and i'm 43. which is my way of saying ... dude...27 isn't too late.

now, i'm going to give you a bit of a reality check. (and i'm not a doctor, nor do i play one on tv. but i was pre-med in college and contemplated med school A LOT.. and hung out with med students when i was doing diabetes research.)

it's tough. tougher than anything you've ever tried before. and the people i've known who have succeeded in medicine are either geniuses, or have done nothing else but work. 24/7. i'm not telling you this because i don't think you can do it. if it's something you want bad enough, i think you can do it. but you have to want it with all of your being. i didn't. i was too distracted by other things to be able to focus. and i thought aobut med school a lot. after college and then after grad school.

i think you should definitely take biology in january. i think that's an excellent way to start.

i'm enthusiastically behind you by the way.

caitlyn

I agree with everyone else -- 27 is definitely not too old to ask yourself those hard questions about what you like to do and what you are passionate about. I work with college students (mostly in the traditional 18-22 year old age group), and believe me, most of them have no clue what they want to do after they graduate. I think lots of people start thinking about it seriously in their mid- twenties after they have had some life experience. Those experiences are so valuable in making career decisions.
I don't have first-hand experience in the medical field, but from what I've seen from family and friends who have gone to med school, it *is* definitely really tough. It takes so much commitment and focus...and money!
Good luck with the bio course and your decision-making process over these next few months. I wish you all the best!

Stephanie

I feel the exact same way. I went to law school and loved it, but I don't really like practicing law. But, now I have student loans and things to pay for so how can I really quit my job and do something else. And what would I do? Do you read Therea of Knitting Underway? She just graduated from med school - she might chat with you about it and give you some first hand information.

elisa

Of course 27 is not too late. It is NEVER too late to find and pursue your passion...

But I'm with Maryse - continue to mull the idea over, take the pre-Med biology course in January and then see how it feels.

Also - give yourself a break. If you take the pre-Med course and don't like it? No worries. You *will* find the right path. Just the fact that you are looking for it should fill you with lots of hope. :)

xo

stacey

Big decisions, but good for you for going after it (and thinking on it!). It's amazing that when we look back to the beginnings of college we had every oppertunity. I would have done something totally different had I known then what I know now...my husband had an undergrad degree in business and is now in Nursing school. My sister is a PA doing a surgical residency - I'm surrounded!

beth

Do it! My father went to Medical school at 30 - with 3 young kids. It is difficult, demanding, crazy - BUT - he was always so happy being a doctor- he just knew.
We were lucky my mom was so supportive- it is a tough road and really NO MONEY until you are out of residency and then you have all those med school loans to pay off.....
Go where your heart leads you.

Kate

Uhh.. were we separated at birth? I go through the exact same struggles as you daily. Is it a 27 year old thing or are we both crazy??

I always chalk it up to me thinking the grass is greener on the other side but sometimes I really do wonder what I was put on this earth to REALLY do.

Kathy

Go for it! And 27, you can do whatever you'd like -- exciting!

Anne

I have a friend who practiced law for about 9 years before realizing he really wanted to be a doctor. He's now a pediatrician and incredibly happy. It's never too late!!

I think it's great you're exploring this interest. Have you thought about volunteering at a hospital, or maybe taking an EMT course?

Norma

"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is."

Will Rogers.

sarah b.

Speaking as a college counselor type, take it one step at a time. Take that biology class and see where it leads you. Good for you for not just ignoring that nagging feeling that maybe you should be doing something else. I think most of us ignore it until it gets really late. I agree with the suggestion to volunteer at a hospital, too, so you can see the good, the bad and the ugly a bit more. Good luck!!!

Debbie

I think the class is a great idea! The niggling feeling you have could be one of many things and its important to figure it out, otherwise you'll be stuck for years doing something you don't care about. You may decide med school is exactly what you want, or it could lead you in an entirely different direction that would never have occurred to you. Very exciting! I'm a big fan of Life Change.

Curiosity and a desire to learn new things will always keep you young.

Brooke

I've been going through the same exact things since I graduated college in 2001. But it has gotten better and I feel like I am beggining to figure out what I am passionate about and how I am going to get there.

Just keep taking steps in the direction that you think you want to go and see where it leads you.

Elizabeth

I'll jump on the bandwagon of 27 is definatley not to old!

How about becomming an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)? you'll get into the medical field, help people and the training is only approx 150 hours, you could keep the accounting job until you start a family and then volunteer as an EMT (if they have volunteers in your neck of the woods.) If you really love that aspect of patient care you could always step it up and become a paramedic.

Safeena

It's never too late to have another career. Starting on the track for medical school can lead you to something fufilling in the field,even if that means you choose not to be a practicing MD. I did my four years of Med school in the 1970's then chose not to go further as (dark laugh here) I didn't really like dealing with patients all that much. My training eventually led to an amazing career in biotech finance, where I got to touch more lives that I would have as a doctor - and with less risk to all.

There's no worse feeling as a hyper-adult (read: 55+) that having the "coulda - woulda - shoulda's".

kristen

I'm not the best person to talk to about this (I took a year off and my path is nothing if not crooked, but I didn't start out fully employed in another profession (came close, but I don't think that counts...))

especially at this point in time (hour 14 in a 30 hour call) but I think it's never too late to go with your heart, and it sounds like your heart is in it.

(I'd love to talk with you more about it, in person, in, say, two weeks?)

benedetta

those are exciting thoughts, Jackie!

well, what can i say? going back to school full time is pretty hard, i only wish i'd done it sooner. it is demanding, but i love it. and there are many more career avenues than what you might think, for vets, as well as for human doctors.
the biology class in january will be very helpful, it will give you a much clearer idea about the whole thing. and volunteering somewhere will definetely help you (experience might also be a prerequisite, it is for vet school).
my advice is not to let the practical considerations bog you down. as long as you feel centered and have a supportive partner/family/friends, all the issues of money, time, starting a family etc. will take care of themselves (at least to some degree). reality checks are good, but don't let them hold you back.

claudia

Benedetta is really smart.

Jackie MD. Has a nice ring to it.

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