Tuesday, March 12, 2013

{Very Unexpected} Good News

I have wanted a career change for as long as I can remember. I started out going to Tri County Tech in Pendleton, SC, for nursing. I did all the prenursing stuff, and applied for their program. They had a crazy long waiting list, so I also applied to USC, mostly as a backup.
I didn't apply to nursing at USC because my GPA wasn't high enough for their upper division. I had fun while I was working in a restaurant/bar and going to Tech is all I will say about that.
I got into USC, and also into the Associate Degree Nursing program at TTC.
For reasons that probably were not the best reasons, or well thought out {I was 20 years old}, I picked USC.
I L-O-V-E USC. Love. And I loved every minute of being a student there. I have nothing but positive things to say about the university. I had wonderful instructors and made some great friends.
However, I was in a hurry to graduate, so I switched my major from Biology to something else. {I work for this college and don't want anything I say here to come off negatively, because that is not how I mean it, it just isn't my personal dream career, so I will not say what major.}
The whole time I was doing my practicum and internship, I wanted to change my major back to something to do with the healthcare field. My Mom told me to, but I felt like I was too close to graduation to change majors.
Ever since I graduated college I have had huge regrets that I didn't stick with my original plan, or do something in the healthcare field.
I had an AWFUL job for three years before I came to my current job last May. I had a mean boss that obviously didn't like me, and it was just a bad situation, both personally and financially. It was a really frustrating way to live {by that I mean broke}, and I felt disappointed and unfulfilled with my career {or lack thereof}.
After I got my present job {where people are nice to me}, I felt like I was finally in a place where I could start thinking about the future, and started looking into going back to school part time. Last fall, I took an Anatomy and Physiology course.
I applied to the Masters of Communication Disorders program, fully expecting NOT to gain admission.
Remember how I said I had fun at tech? The whole time I was at USC I made all As and Bs, but my cumulative GPA is still only a 3.1. I didn't think I stood a chance, especially since all I've heard was that admittance to this program is competitive.  
I studied for the GRE and worked a lot on my Statement of Intentions, but I still thought my GPA would hold me back.
This weekend I checked the mail and had a letter from USC. I was preparing myself for it to be a rejection letter and telling myself that I expected this and not to let it ruin my weekend.
I was NOT expecting what it said.

I am VERY grateful.
I turn in my deposit and signed letter of intent this Friday, and I start August 22nd.
That puts even more of a rush on getting the details of the wedding nailed down, but I think I can get it all ironed out in the five months before school starts.
My sweet and thoughtful fiance sent me this yesterday :)
 His support means so much to me.
I am really happy and excited!! This was a huge surprise.
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday! 


  1. Awww!!! That is so exciting, congrats!! And good luck :)

  2. Congrats girl, this is great surprise. I'm in a similar situation, I'm working on going back for an MBA but I need about 6-8 classes I didn't take as an undergrad. My current job will reimburse me for my education expenses per class so I'd be foolish not to. Love the edible arrangement too!

  3. So happy for you, Fran! This is great news :-) Let's do lunch one day to celebrate!