Monday, January 16, 2012

Applying to Grad School

Last week, I posted about my fitness goal for 2012.  I have a whole list of things I would love to accomplish this year dealing with my fitness.  Outside of these goals, I have one personal goal for the year that I want to share with you.  First, I am going to tell you a little bit about myself.

I graduated from high school in 1997, a 17 year old with no idea of what life was.  All I knew was that I wanted to get out of my small northern Minnesota town.  I got a full scholarship to join the Army ROTC and I took that scholarship and went to school to be a pilot.  My first year in the ROTC was torture.  I was not meant to be in the military and I learned this very quickly.  I was lost when it came to military training and even more lost when it came to the physical fitness tests.  They wanted me to run 2 miles in 17 1/2 minutes.  Seriously?  This girl couldn't run 2 miles in less than 20 minutes.  And wake up at 5am to run?  Are you kidding me?  I quit the ROTC on one cold morning in April in the middle of a 5 mile run.  I couldn't believe they were asking me to run 5 miles.  I found the Sargent that was in charge of my group at the time and told her that I was giving up my scholarship, I was not cut out for this at all.  I walked back to my dorm room, shocked that I made this adult decision without discussing it with anyone.

I stayed at the same school the next year, paying for it on my own.  I continued studying commercial aviation and got my Private Pilot's license in December of my sophomore year.  I was so proud of myself when I passed that test, I was moving in the right direction for completing my degree.

The summer after my sophomore year, I got a job to work at Space Camp.  This was an amazing opportunity as I was going to be working with students from across the country and teaching kids all about my love of airplanes.  I had a blast that summer and learned so much from the experience.

My junior year is when life took a dramatic turn.  My mom was diagnosed with colon cancer at the end of the first semester.  That first semester went amazing and I was really enjoying my classes, but the thought of going back to school with my mom sick was killing me.  My family decided that since I was the only adult child in the family that wasn't married and tied down, that it would be me that should move home to help out with my mom.  I think back on this decision all the time.  If this would have never happened, my life would be incredibly different that it is now, but I am still happy with my life, so I think to myself that things happen for a reason.

My mom did amazing through chemo and the following year, I was able to return to school locally and continue my education.  I also took a job as a flight attendant to test out the waters of the airline industry.  Taking that job really showed me what I wished I had figured out sooner.  Working on a flight crew is not what I wanted to do.  This wake up call was very frustrating, but it saved me from investing further money into flight training.  I was very far into my schooling so I switched over to an Aviation Management focus instead of flight focus and received my Bachelors degree in 2003.

I graduated in May of 2003 and met my husband in June of 2003.  When I met him, I had no intentions of getting married, but somehow things just happened and we were married in 2004 and had my first baby in 2005.

I took a job as a nanny just out of college because finding a job wasn't as easy as I had hoped.  My nanny job was the perfect job as a new mother as I was able to bring my kids to work with me.  This was fine for the first few years of their lives but the older they got the more I disliked having my kids schedules based on the family I worked for, so I left my job.  Since then, I have worked 2 more nanny jobs while my kids were in daycare and school.

I recently left my last nanny job and have been home with my girls for the past four months.  I love being home with them, but I know this is only temporary.  I want to find a job.  The thing is, my only experience out of college is as a nanny.  I can find an amazing nanny position if that is what I want, but I don't.  That is not who I am, it was what paid the bills.

Since taking up running, I have a new found love for everything fitness.  I have considered becoming a personal trainer or coach, but again, that doesn't quite match up with my goals for the future.  A few years ago, I suffered an achilles injury and met my current physical therapist.  I loved how the exercises he gave me were able to help me heal very quickly.  Again, I went to my physical therapist last month for my hip.  Three weeks of therapy and my hip was so much stronger.

Physical Therapists intrigue me, and that is why I decided that I want to become a physical therapist.  I returned to school last year and began taking my prerequisite courses to get into Grad School.  I have 4 more courses that I will be taking in 2012 and then I will be applying to school.  The programs locally are very difficult to get into, but I am hoping with my grades and hard work, that I will be able to get into a program in the summer of 2013.

So now you know my goal for 2012.  I want to get into Physical Therapy Grad School in 2012.  I will be taking night classes which will be difficult to juggle with the kids but my husband and I will figure it out.  I also have to take my GRE test this summer. This test scares me, but I know I can do it.  I start classes next week, so there is no turning back now!

19 comments:

krissy murphy said...

So excited for you, Robin! I know you are going to continue to do amazing things!

See Mom Run Far said...

Robin!! This is super awesome. Love it! I almost went to school to be a PT. You will be an amazing PT. I know you can do it! hugs!

jessica (pace of me) said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Robin. It is so inspiring - you are amazing in so many ways! I love that you are working toward this dream and I have no doubt that you will make it happen. You will be an incredible PT!!!

Lindsay said...

Good luck! You can do it! My personal goal for the year is to be accepted into Physician Assistant School. :)

Laura said...

I love this post- I learned so much about you!! I can relate to thinking about changing careers and wanting to move toward something health related... I'm not diving in yet b/c I can't decide between nutrition, fitness, therapy, etc... but I'm so excited for you to have this new goal! I have had a few amazing PT's. It's especially helpful when they are runners themselves. Good for you!!

Amanda Perry said...

Good for you! How exciting. :)

Amanda Perry said...

Whoops...posted too soon...I was going to say that my sister is actually a pilot ;-)

runningforthekitchen said...

what an exciting goal!! Ill be praying for you and I am so excited for you! You will do great! and will bring such an extra special element to your practice one day with your own experiences as a runner and through your injuries

Brigid @ Live Breathe Huzzah said...

That is a terrific goal! It sounds like you have thought this put well and mapped out an achievable path. I wish you the best of luck, but know you don't need it. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Incredible! I am so impressed by your story and wish you the best of luck as you pursue your goal!

Campbell Jme said...

Awesome ! I started grad school a few weeks ago.... I know how you feel! :) best wishes& good luck!

Crystal Rhyno said...

I love reading your story. I'm always so intrigued by everyone's tale. Yes, you will figure it :) Great goal for 2012.

Suzanne Westenhofer said...

You're going to do great! I am sure you will figure out how to make it all work and do just fine!

Stephanie said...

Great post I learn more and more about u everyday lol. Hurry up and become a PT already do I can have my own professional pt lol

Laura Mount said...

Go get it girl!! Good for you!

MarathoningMom said...

Awesome for you, I work in Human Resources and too many people work in jobs they hate. Your a late bloomer in your career discovery but you are never too late. Some never get there. Many still have no idea what they want to do. With your determination I know you will make it and get accepted into PT school! Great job! The running will keep you sain!

Heidi @ Idlehide said...

Good for you- it will be a lot of work, but it will fly by and you'll reach your goal quicker than you ever thought. I am graduating this year and it seemed soo far away, but I can hardly believe it's going to be finished in May!

Kristin Deaton said...

NO F-ing WAY!!! I know practically 8 of the folks from the photo you just posted on the airplane. What year was that? I was totally the lifeguard there that summer and was a councilor the next year!!! Aviation Challenge ROCKS!!! You didn't tell me this when we met. You do realize I live in Huntsville (born and raised too). That is CRAZY. Oh do you remember Travis? Him and I dated and he now works for the CIA!!!! Crazy super duper small world.

robinbn said...

This is so funny. I remember the lifeguards from that summer and was hoping I had some pictures so I may go look out in the garage. I had a scrapbook that I made and did find a picture of Travis (Meat--I labeled the pictures, I didn't remember this.) :) in there, I can't believe you dated him and then he works for the CIA. I do remember him as being a really nice guy though. ) I didn't know you were from Huntsville until after we got back from Disney or I would have said something. And, yes, I agree, AC rocks. :) I had so much fun that summer! Now we have even more in common. :) We probably passed by each other all summer.