So, this is my very first post! I am what most people would refer to as a "non-traditional" student. Basically, that means that I live on my own, have a family, and real responsibilities:)
I went the traditional route (one upon a time), but dropped out to start my own software/web programming business. While this continues to be moderately successful - it provides me with spending cash - I have been working full time as a switchman/conductor/locomotive engineer for the past 5 years.
After a trip to the OB/GYN with my wife last month... I said "Hey, why don't I just go back to school and become a doctor?" Within a week, that unlikely seed has matured into a completely unreasonable, insane, passionate desire to pursue a career that may allow me to make a difference in peoples' lives.
I immediately went into hurry-up mode, and enrolled in a local university. I begin classes on Monday, Aug 31st and I CAN'T WAIT! I am essentially starting from scratch as a Biology major, and I have spent the last week combing the first couple of chapters of Chemistry, Sociology, and Composition.
The school I am attending is quarter-based, so we have essentially 4 "semesters" per year. I believe the norm is to 3 quarters on, one off. But, I think I can shave about a year off my pre-med/undergrad time if I take a full load for all 4 quarters.
Anyway, my purpose here will be to document my experiences, challenges, and successes to inform (and possibly inspire) any of you out there who are dreaming of a career in medicine.
5 weeks ago