Lindsay is my guest pioneer today, and she hails from a private family blog. Lindsay and I met when she moved to Idaho State University. We are buddies. Every end of semester I would got to her and have her braid my hair into cornrows. No fuss hair. She has always been a great cheerleader and a super-loyal friend to anyone she calls friend. She has never been a quitter in school, relationships, family, or love.
Anyway, when I moved to Utah at the age of 16 and would tell my friends about my plans to go to school, it never occurred to me that it wasn't ok until I saw their reactions. I actually had a friend once tell me that it was an "unrighteous" choice to go to school and not plan to get married after high school. I don't know if there were talks then from general authorities about women getting an education, but I remember a number of them while I was in college getting one. What I didn't know then, was how going thru the college experience and getting the degrees I did would lead me to where I am today.
|ISU Valentine's Day - Lindsay, Mr. Awesome, Lisa, and Me|
|Lindsay and Me - Thanksgiving 2009 - Many years after ISU|
During my last semester of my master's program, I was invited to interview at the Arizona School of Health Science for the (PA) program. I made the alternate list, but that's as far as I got. I tried again the next year, but didn't even get an interview. At that point I had been at the same job for over three years and was ready for a change. I started thinking about looking for a new job. A former co-worker was leaving for medical school and suggested I apply for his job at a different section of the reference lab I worked at. I applied, with a lot of coaxing from friends, and a few weeks later I was offered the job, and I moved to the basement of the building where I had a cubicle, my own desk, my own computer, my own phone and an AMAZING boss!
After a couple of years I was starting to get board again, and my brother suggested that I look at going to medical school, since he was having so much fun. I took the MCAT a couple of times, but didn't do well, so I didn't bother applying. In the meantime I was talking to medical testing vendors that I had worked with. One of them asked for my resume and forwarded it on to her company's HR. A couple of months later I was working for a new company, still working at the lab I was familiar with most of the time, but also traveling the west coast of the United States, with occasional trips to the east side of the US and out of the country. The company had me on a track to become a manager of a region, and I was contemplating the possibility of going to nursing school.
|Lindsay and Hubby on their wedding day|
Before I either of those could happen, I got married, instantly became a mom to 2 beautiful little girls, quit my job and moved to a foreign country. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be where I am today, but the degrees I got opened doors I never would have dreamed of, and possibilities that I never knew existed.