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The Backup Plan

April 30, 2008

Lately I’ve been thinking (inbetween worrying, working, memorizing, reading, and sleeping): if it proves impossible to get into nursing school, I might need a backup plan. I really enjoy my job, but it’s no secret that I’ve been searching for what, exactly, is my bliss (so I can follow it). Also, once you’ve decided to make a change, it’s kind of hard to NOT make a change.

So anyway. As usual, the answer is staring me right in the face. All those high school job-aptitude tests may have been right after all… duh, LIBRARIAN.

  • I love books and reading, and talking about/sharing/teaching about books and reading
  • I love libraries
  • I like doing research
  • I like *knowing* stuff
  • I love finding things
  • I already have the librarian glasses

Anyway, I read a number of book-y blogs and some of those folks are actually either librarians or in library school. It sounds so interesting! I did a little research and most library science programs can be done almost completely online, and I live near a good one (San Jose State). It’s not exactly as flexible/potentially lucrative/solves-my-dilemmas as nursing school, but I think I would actually love it. Plus it has a slightly more defined career path than some of my other choices, i.e. art therapist/artist/home chef/any number of other things I’ve pondered.

So, that’s my backup plan. If I complete all my prerequisites for nursing school and nobody wants me (or my name doesn’t get called in the lottery), then I’ll look seriously into an MLS. It’s not exactly a booming field, but with all the baby-boomers retiring soon, there will be more slots opening up. Also, it sounds like you can do lots of things with a library-science degree. I don’t know. I kinda think I’d like it. A lot.

However, in nursing news, I gave my first shot! Terri is getting B12 shots, and we both need to know how to give them. It went well — Terri was a champ. Yay, us!

Man, I’m tired. I can’t wait for this class to be over. Hurry up, summer break!

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