Month 1

It’s been exactly 1 month since I made a life changing decision and uprooted myself from my family and friends and moved 1500 miles away to Aberdeen, Washington. In no way am I saying that this was a wrong move, because that is far from the truth. I haven’t been able to do many mapless adventures as it took WAY LONGER than I ever thought possible for my state licensure to arrive, so my spendings have been limited. But just wait… the news gets better. I FINALLY STARTED WORK. (meaning I finally have an income I can depend on…1st purchase- new hiking boots and more rain appropriate gear :-] )

I just started last week, and honestly felt really good about it and then boom, yesterday…everything began to build. The computer system, the caseload, trying to fit 12 hours of work in 8 hours. HOW AM I TO DO THIS? Thankfully, my supervisor is completely on board and 100% on my side, and encourages me that it will get easier.

I thought grad school was overwhelmed. I have never felt more out of place. Half my caseload have medial histories I have only read in book, and to be honest, I feel a lost. I can hear my mom…”Drama Queen”. But seriously. Being in the real world with patient depending on your guidance, and standing up to the nursing staff because YOU ARE the professional regarding swallowing and cognition, and not them, is just a little intimidating.

Now if you know anything about me, I NEVER back down from a challenge and this is defiantly a bit of a challenge. I mean I wake up at 540 in the morning to make it to work on time for breakfast and I’m there for 9 hours. I can’t remember the last job I had where I had to consistently wake up so early in the morning for work.

Truthfully, it’s actually been the most exciting new adventure of my life. I know it sounds stressful, and well it might actually be, but I really love it. I am completely, 100% with every decision I have made over the past few years. From declaring my undergraduate major, to applying to graduate school, to finishing grad school, to moving. I just cannot wait to actually begin to explore this beautiful country! (FIRST PAYCHECK IS SET TO ARRIVE FRIDAY!!)

Stay tuned…

Nicole 🙂

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