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.
The Road Less Traveled – The Daily Prompt
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)
11 thoughts on “The Road Less Traveled”
I guess i would have been a good nurse, considering… What you are doing is the best!
Thanks. Yes, I am glad I’m doing what I’m doing. (mostly)
Nurses like teachers are undervalued. It would be like choosing between the lesser of two evils.
Sadly, it’s true. I think nurses are getting a little more respect lately, but ya, it’s not like being a football player.
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I thought I’d be an English teacher because that was the safe choice. I’m glad I didn’t go that direction for a lot of reasons.