Last week I had my first test since going back to school, I was definitely nervous and I spent a lot of time studying (and not a lot of time blogging or running!). When I spoke with a few of the Doctorate Physical Therapy programs that I am hoping to apply to after I am done with my pre-requisites they basically said the programs are very competitive and I really would need to have all A’s to get in…I mean not like I’d be trying to get anything less than an A, but still, I feel like it’s a lot of pressure!
The whole being back in school thing is a little weird, and I have to admit the second week of classes I had a bit of a freakout wondering if I had made the right decision. Now here’s a bit of a blog confession, because I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here before – this is not the first time I have done this…I am a going back to school repeat offender (and failure).
Since graduating from college 10 years ago (yikes!) I’ve attempted to go back to school and change careers not once, but twice! The first time it was actually also for physical therapy, but after taking one semester of pre-requisite classes I just was not feeling the whole going back to school thing and really didn’t think I could manage 5 years of it at the time (I had only been out of college a couple of years).
The second time I started a graduate program for elementary education. I am the first person to admit I was doing this for all the wrong reasons…or reason – summers off. My husband has all of his time off during the summers, so this seemed like a great idea. Again I took a semester of classes and was working full time in a school during the day while doing my very best to convince myself that I could show up to a school and impart wisdom on small children for the rest of my career…but oh my goodness was I miserable!
God bless all the teachers out there because I could not do it! It’s not that I don’t like kids…I just prefer them in smaller quantities. Strike 2 on going back to school, and back to working in professional sports.
So, here I am, up at bat for strike 3 and maybe now you can understand why my little meltdown about being back in school a couple of weeks ago really rattled me…
But I think (hope), this time I’m ready.
Why now? Well, not only has running really renewed my interest in Physical Therapy and given me more of a connection to the field, but running in general has really made me feel like I can accomplish anything. 6 years ago during my last failed back to school attempt I would never have imagined I could train for and run a marathon, but now I know what it feels like to stick to a plan, work hard and accomplish something you never thought you could do.
If 8 months of work to finish 26.2 miles felt good, I can’t image what 5 years of work to finally find a career I’m passionate about will feel like!
Fingers crossed third time’s a charm!