I am 28 years old and a mother to four beautiful children under the age of 8. I work fulltime as the sole provider for our household. Their dad stays home and raises them, cooks, cleans, gets them off to school, etc…While I have been attending school part time at night after work. I am about to graduate with my Associates of Science come summer term 2021. I would like to move on to undergrad school. I am debating getting my BSN in Nursing and then applying to med school. (While potentially taking additional science and Chem classes dually enrolled during nursing school) or transferring to a different University altogether and getting my bachelors in science. There are certainly benefits to both paths. If I do nursing, I could get clinical experience before applying to med school while continuing to support my family for the meantime in between the time I start the MD program. I can also fall back on that if I do not get accepted into Med school. OR I could go ahead with the science option and hopefully find a way to get clinical experience, or shadowing hours. The classes I would be taking for this degree would surely help me with the MCAT. I am stuck on which is the better choice! I am a nontrad who also waited later in life to start education. I really need to make smart decisions for myself and my family. I am a first generation college student. I like to be well prepared with life and school which is why I am seeking help early on with my education plan.
Additionally, if I choose Nursing I would have to quit my job and go to school fulltime during the day. My partner would have to work to support us during this time. As well as leaning on my mom for housing assistance during school. If I choose science degree then I could continue working and do online night classes fulltime and not need to move until I get accepted into med school…
Finally, I wanted to say that OB is my calling. I could not see myself doing anything else. I want to connect with patients, families, mothers, and babies out there during the most exciting and special time of their lives.