For the pa student who - Life hit you hard and now you must decide whether to stay enrolled or not.
😕 not sure what you goin’ through, but lemme share a little bit of insight w/ you⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I remember when things in my life got HEAVY 🥺 I was given the option to either push through or restart w/ next year’s cohort … 💭 Restart PA school?!
🤨 NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!!! 😑 If I left, I wasn’t coming bk! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Even if I decided to restart, it’s not like I would have been able to “rest” during that time away. I still had a child to raise & bills to pay. Plus, I wasn’t sure how much “rest” I would need for what I was dealing with⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Unsure and not much time to think it over, I sent up a prayer like “LORDT! If You get me through these finals, I know You want me here. BUT if not, may You direct my steps from there.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Well, I passed 🙌🏾 So for me, that was my cue to keep on pushing. But I gotta tell ya, if not for that prayer, I was ready to dropout of the pa program My faith tells me I was right where I was supposed to be, but the struggle to maintain was A LOT. I fought like hell every day not to fall into a black hole of depression. Trust me when I say that the emotions of those HEAVY events don’t vanish with passing finals.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Most don’t go into pa school w/ a backup plan for not finishing. So the idea of stopping or pausing is a lot to process along w/ a FALSE BELIEF that leaving school to handle life equals failure (B.S‼️)… If you’re going through some HEAVY stuff right now, it’s time you had an HONEST & HARD conversation w/ yourself and God. Speak w/ faculty to discover options. Figure out what time away may look like. PA-C can still be an option later; does not have to be now or never ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you decide to push through, understand that the remaining semesters may not go as gracefully as you had imagined 😒 Also, remember that the program will still have the same expectations & demands of you ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Whichever you choose, is your business & yours alone! Do what you gotta do 🤷🏾♀️