Tuesday, June 29, 2010

all in due time

Everyone has regrets. I'm in the process of rectifying one of mine. You see, fourteen years ago I graduated from high school. And then I didn't live up to my potential. I went from valedictorian to sub-standard student over the course of 3 years, and I left BYU without a degree or much to show as far as my education was concerned. Ultimately I realized that I was just wasting time and money, because I was really only going to college because it was the thing to do, not because I had any real sense of purpose or a goal.

Such is not the case anymore. Sometimes life leads you in paths that you never dreamed of, like taking a girl who hates having her own blood drawn and convincing her that she needs to be a nurse. But that is what has happened to me. And I'm loving every minute of it.

I've actually been a full-time college student for the last six months, but haven't made mention of it yet because I've been a blog slacker. And even though I'm going to Mesa State College, which I'll admit is no Brigham Young University, I haven't been this proud of my academic efforts in a long time. Because I'm once again living up to what I know I can do. Despite all my dilly-dallying, I did manage to complete most of my general education requirements at BYU, so I have been able to focus on getting my Nursing prerequisites done for application this fall. I completed the Spring semester with a 4.0, making the President's List, and am on track for similar results for Summer term. If someone had told me when I was 18 that one day I would love taking an Anatomy & Physiology course, or that Pathophysiology would hold any interest for me, I would have thought them crazy. And I'm sure that in the next couple of years I'll have moments where I wonder what possessed me to do this, but when I finally receive my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and become an RN it will all be worth it. In the end, sometimes our regrets point us to where we needed to be all along.


Grandma H. said...

You can do it Kim!

Emily said...

WOWZA! How on earth do you homeschool and find time to be a full time student and get a 4.0! You are supermom!