Friday, August 28, 2009

Ready, Set, GO!

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.