I am rolling right along with my masters program. Were you curious about how that was going? Well, it's going great! I am actually taking a class this summer and it is so interesting and motivating and makes me want to GET OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! It's a good feeling.
Of course, there is a cost to taking classes while working full time and being a mom. It's exhausting. And that's okay, it's only for a short time, but I want to make sure all this effort and time is worth it. I want to come out the other end of this with a focus and more importantly, with the potential for a new career. I have loved the work I have done in the environmental field for the last seven years, but I know I am ready for a change. I see the area of public health as a way I can make a difference, and I am so excited to have that opportunity on the horizon.
I met yesterday with an advisor about where I want to spend my time in the field. This degree requires 200 hours of field work, and where I choose to spend my time will have a lot to do with where I get a job after graduation. So she asked me," what do I want to do?"
I have no idea. Or not really NO idea, but I have so many ideas. So many wonderful sounding ideas that I cannot seem to make myself choose one. There are big decisions like do I want to stay at the University and work in research or do I want to do more on the ground work and be stationed in a health department? And then more specific questions. Do I want to work in women's health, in cancer research or treatment, in equality within our city? Do I want to focus on bring vaccines to the masses? Do I want to help fight obesity and diabetes? Do I want to do broad stroke research on why violence against women occurs and how to stop it?
Everything. I want to do everything. And that is a good problem to have. I can't decide how I want to make a difference, because it all sounds worth my time and energy. So I have some thinking to do over the next couple weeks. Where to place my focus. I think I have already decided to divide my time evenly between research and the health department, but as of a specific area of focus, I am just not sure. But what I do know already, is that this will be a life changing experience. And I cannot wait.