No one knows this about me. But when I was an assistant editor in the biz school at Pace University, I thought for a day or two about going into nursing.
I was in grad school for literature at NYU at the time. I had tuition remission at NYU through my then-husband, but I could also get tuition remission at Pace. I debated about applying to Pace law school, but the campus was in Pleasantville or Westchester somewhere. That seemed like such a trek from my natural habitat of downtown Manhattan!
So I thought about nursing. I’d heard there were a lot of jobs. Besides, I had loved being a candy striper when I was a teenager.
Here’s the thing — I’m not cut out for it.
When my kids throw up, I gag, shudder and turn away. When they bleed, I feel woozy. And when they hallucinate with a fever, I find their hallucinations extremely funny and can’t stop giggling.
I don’t know how doctors and nurses do it — I guess they learn to control these impulses. Maybe I, too, could stifle my gag or my giggle.
So instead of pursuing law or nursing, (real practical skill-type jobs!) I took grad psych classes in critical thinking at Pace in the Straus Leaning and Thinking Center with Dr. Rachel Lauer.
The program blew my mind. I learned so much about learning. For ex., I first learned the word, meta. I learned about methods of thought, rhetoric, kinds of intelligence, and philosophy. I’m richer for it.
Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like if I had pursued nursing or law, instead of writing and teaching.
What jobs did you fantasize about? Why didn’t you go down that road?
In our Boot Camp For Writers’ workshops, we offer a writing prompt on the road less traveled.
- The Three R’s of Nursing (digitaldoorway.blogspot.com)
- 3 Highlights a New Nursing Grad Can Take from School to Work (inanurseblog.wordpress.com)