Monday, December 7, 2009
Today was my last day of the radiology portion of my classes! I am sooo relieved I made it through this in one piece... it was DIFFICULT! I can't wait to be finished school (my last day is February 15th!!) and start working.
I've never been really enthusiastic about school (shame on me). I do love learning new things, but I'm more of an independent learner, I think. I have always done very well in my classes, but I was the kid that was looking out the window constantly wishing they were elsewhere. I'm not sure why that is.
As I realize my last day of school is drawing closer and closer, I'm becoming increasingly anxious about a number of things...
For those of you who didn't read my blog from the beginning, I am moving to Louisiana to be with my boyfriend until he finishes school.
Am I going to like living in Louisiana? It is HOT there. And humid... *shudder*... But it's completely different from anything I've ever known. I am both intrigued and excited by this. I'm looking forward to experiencing a new way of life! Hopefull not a homeless life!!
How am I going to afford it? I begin my externship working for a dental office when I am done my classes. The hiring dentist has the option to make it a paid externship, but they do not have to pay me. This will be for about 4 months. If I am not paid, then obviously I will have to have another job... you know? A paying one.
Will I be able to handle working two jobs if I have to? I already work part time and go to class every day, so I think I will be okay. I am just crossing my fingers and hoping that I will have the good fortune to have a dentist who will actually pay me for my externship.
What am I going to do about health insurance? I was born with rheumatoid arthritis, and I am on several very expensive medications that keep it in check. My parents insurance carrier will drop my coverage the day I am finished school. I will only be working part time for a while, until I finish my externship, so I will inevitably be without my insurance. One of my medications costs $1200 out of pocket. I need to find out if there is some sort of governmental type of health insurance available in Louisiana to people like myself. Maybe Lindsay knows?? If you do, email me about it! Pleaaase.
Will I be homesick all the time and miss living with my family? I've never lived outside of my parents home before, and I'm excited to be moving out on my own. I know I will be sad, too. After all, this is the only home I've ever known. It will be so hard to live far away from my parents, because I really do love them. It won't be for forever, though, so I will just keep in mind that I can always come home to visit, and I'll move back to this area when Cade is finished school.
That is just the tip of the iceberg of the things that I am stressing about lately... but I have to believe that everything is going to be okay. After all, no matter what happens, I will still have Cade there right by my side to experience everything with me.