I'm sure my story isn't the only story like it but I had quite the road to becoming a nurse. When I went to college, actually even before I went to college, I was going to be a pediatrician. I was going to be Dr. Jessica "Whatever My Last Name Would Be". There was no doubt in my mind. That's what I was going to do. Then I got to USF, had the time of my life, maybe focused on my social life a little more than my education, and found myself a junior (almost senior) with no graduation date in sight. I had changed my career path from Medicine to something unknown because I was no good at Organic Chemistry. Yep. Organic Chemistry was my Achilles heel. I dropped that class in the first week and my med school dream disappeared and left me wondering what I was going to do with my life. After changing my major 3 times in a semester, I decided I'd go with nursing. My mom thought I was a crazy person because I couldn't stand blood, needles, people throwing up, all the things that go with being a nurse. At the time, USF was only accepting once a year so my awesome advisor, and I use the word awesome loosely, told me to take some time off while I wait for my acceptance. Not the best advice a girl with almost 120 credits wanted to hear. Once again, I gave up my dream of being in the medical field.
Until one night, at 4am. I had that light bulb moment that I wanted to be a nurse. That nursing was where I was called to be. So I researched nursing programs at other universities and community colleges. I had a few community colleges I liked so I applied. About a week later, I got an acceptance letter from Hillsborough Community College. In the letter, I had a 4 day deadline to accept my seat before they pass it on to the next person. I had 4 short days to turn my life completely upside down. After talking with my mom, I made her send in my acceptance because it was too stressful for me. By accepting that seat, I was finally going to be doing what I was meant to do. But it also meant leaving everything I knew. My school, my friends, my Chi Omega sisters, my job, and everything that I loved. Oh and all of this would be happening in 2 months. Too much for my poor little heart to handle. But I put on my Big Girl Panties and walked through the door to my future. Yeah it was hard saying goodbye to everything I knew, everyone I loved but I knew it was the only way I could be truly happy. I moved back in with my parents and started my journey to become a nurse.
Not only did I have the time of my life, I also met the most amazing people. If I never went to nursing school, I would not have met one of my very best friends. Granted, at first, I was hoping he would be interested in me but I quickly learned that would never happen. Instead I gained a best friend.
I met the Hubs and we all know how that story goes.
From my first day.......