I've Made a Decision . . .

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Registered: 04-10-2003
I've Made a Decision . . .
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Mon, 04-22-2013 - 8:15am

I'm going back to school part time.

I mentioned this a few months ago (the fact that I am not loving my job and cannot picture myself here in the long haul). So I spoke with the Dieticians of Canada and got their input, as well as the school itself. Here is what I found:

1) Being a mature student will not work against me, and may infact work for me;

2) I can transfer over 9.5 credits from my previous degree meaning I only have to gain 11.5 credits.

3) Once accepted I will need to take one class in the fall and then from there I can take up to 5 semesters off in between.

4) Scheduling changes frequently. At this time I can do almost half of my classes while working full time (because they are online or night classes). However, in the coming years, this may change as other classes may go night or online.

5) The cost will be $800 per class plus materials ($1k or so). My goal is to only do one class per semester for the first two years while I continue my debt reduction/ savings journey. There is also the possibility that I may not have to go "full time" at all so I could do two years of parttime classes and still work parttime (we shall see)

6) This is not a short term plan. It is in fact a 5 year plan (I want to be done with this degree in 5 years and come out of it debt free). Part of the goal will be to beef up my RRSPs because I can actually borrow against them to pay for school.

I'm excited and scared to death. I've spoken with some folks currently in the field and its sounds like it is right up my alley.

So there it is.

Wish me luck that I even get accepted!!!


Bex -

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Registered: 07-27-2009
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 10:37pm

Sounds like an excellent plan! Good Luck!!!!

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Registered: 07-24-2001
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 5:54pm
I think it sounds like a great plan. I'm excited for you! I have my fingers crossed for your acceptance!
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Registered: 10-01-2008
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 3:02pm
It sounds doable, just be careful not to burn yourself out trying to do too much, life, work & school. Good LUCK!!
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Tue, 04-23-2013 - 12:18pm

Good job!  I am excited for you.  I think nutrition is very interesting.  That is one text book that I did keep!   It was one of my original interests.  Keep us posted!

Serenity

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Registered: 10-02-2011
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 5:26pm

This sounds like a smart compromise, and you'll also have a bit more flexibility in time -- in case this new career is not really what you want, you can always leave the program two years from now.

Good luck! You strike me as a competent person, and I'm sure you'll have a good shot at getting into the program of your choice!

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 12:26pm

I think I like everything about this plan, especially the being debt free part when you come out. It doesn't sound too stressful time wise and I bet you can knock out a heck of a lot of debt before you even start. Then you will have real choices. What you want to do, and how you want to do it. Unless you want to have a baby in the next 5 years. That will throw a wrench in things but it doesn't sound like you are quitting your current job so you will have something to fall back on.

Congrats Bex, get accepted?? of course you will!

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Registered: 10-09-1999
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 11:13am

Hi Bex, congratulations & best of luck on your new plan!  I am so glad you have made a plan, set a goal & are going for it!  Must be a wonderful feeling.  I know we can all do what we set our minds to, sometimes its hard to come up with a plan or set a goal.  You are a great inspiration.

Cindylee