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My goodness, ladies, remember yourselves!
You just know that one in the back follows all the rules, all the time. Doesn’t eat at the nursing station. Has the best cap. Her charts are perfect.
She’ll peek later.
When I applied to the University of Wisconsin to begin my BSN program, I took a leap of faith. I didn’t know how I was going to afford it, how much work it was going to take or, basically, what the hell I was getting into.
I was nervous. I was excited. And I was at peace with the decision from day one. Everything fell into place.
I was meant to be there.
Now I’ve been accepted into the MSN program at California State University at Dominguez Hills.
Have you ever had misgivings about a decision and pushed them into the background, discounted them as “butterflies”, ignored the nagging little voice in your head? Until one day, something happens and you realize you are not being honest with yourself.
That’s what has happened to me.
It seems so trivial.
But it made me realize I made a mistake.
What triggered this realization?
On July 12th, the trustees of the California State University system approved a 12% increase in tuition for the fall semester. A semester I had already been charged for, by the way. California has budget cuts, I get it. This state is basically a financial cesspool. But the trustees also approved a $100,000 raise for the president of San Diego State. This esteemed academician will now make $400,000 a year.
Going into debt for this degree ran against the grain of every bone in my body, but I was going to take a small student loan to get started. But not anymore. Not for this program. I will not take on debt for a 12% increase in tuition so a university president can get a 25% raise in the same year. I don’t know about you guys, but $300,000 AND A PROVIDED RESIDENCE is a damn good living, even in San Diego and even in California. I’m sure there are people willing to do the job for $200,000.
(You can best believe my would-have-been nursing professors don’t even see half that.)
CSUDH is a great program with a good reputation. They are a pioneer in nursing distance education. One of my colleagues graduated with her MSN in Nursing Education from the program and she absolutely loved it.
But this is neither the time nor the program for me, and all the doubts about attending and the misgivings about financing that I suppressed, ignored or rationalized came to the forefront with this one news headline.
I’m still going for the MSN, but something tells me I’ll be looking outside the state of California.
Graduate school is an enormous decision, frankly, more than I appreciated. I am going to take my time, research the programs, evaluate the options. And I’ll know when the decision is right because it I’ll be at peace with the decision.
You’d think I’d have learned by now to listen to that nagging inner voice…