My head is cluttered with thoughts
July 15, 2010 11:09 AM Subscribe
I'm going back to school. But I keep have this weird feeling that I don't know what I'm doing, even though I've got it all planned out, but my thinking keeps getting sloppy and jumping. Please help me figure out how to organize my next steps.
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After meandering around in various jobs after getting a master's degree, I've decided I want to attend pharmacy school and I'm primarily interested in bioinformatics, though I'm pretty flexible and the idea of being a nuclear pharmacist seems cool. I'm 30. My BA and MA were in the social sciences, so I'm doing a one and half year informal pre-pharmacy course at the local community college.
I have $17,000 on hand, am taking out a subsidized Direct Loan that covers tuition and keeping the $17K in the bank for emergencies. I live in Rockville, MD, which is expensive, and I'll be living with my partner who will be paying the rent. I'll be taking 12 credits, all lab classes, and 1 public speaking course that is 3 credits (so 15 total).
I'm looking for 8-10 hours a week of work so that I can pay for groceries. My hope is I can find an internship related to pharmacy. I considered becoming a pharm tech and applied to those jobs, but there's a pharm tech program at the college and I learned that the local retail pharmacies are hiring certified pharm techs with experience.
My other thought was looking for internships/part-time jobs at biotech companies in the area. The links on the website of the school I'll be attending are broken and the sites for these that have internships actually want you to have some kind of skill. I'm still in the very early stages of my scientific learning and have no lab experience.
Then I thought, I can volunteer at the hospital and get a part-time job being a receptionist at a medical office or something like that. My coursework is going to be pretty demanding though, and I'll need some flexibility when exams come up.
This is at the point where I start feeling extremely confused about where I should be directing my energies. Do I talk my way into an internship at a biotech or pharma company? Do I get real and take whatever job offers the most flexibility? Should I get a job bagging groceries? Do I volunteer and take a part-time job? I need at least $200/month so I'm not overdipping into savings.
Furthermore, what do I do about the whole bioinformatics interest thing? Just read about it in books at the library?
I'm supposed to take the PCAT next June, so there's that, too, as something I need to factor in, as well as spending time with my partner.
I'm terribly confused, I'm not sure why (it might be analysis paralysis), and I'm not quite sure how to settle everything into a rock solid plan. I have to confess that I feel afraid leaving my job (as a ditherer, I don't really have better skills than the average recent college grad, so if this all blows up in my face, I don't know how I'll find a well paying job).