Hi! I'm Christine Joy Casaclang. :)
UCSD c/o 2012.
Aspiring medical professional.
Life lover. Awkward adventurer. Fun seeker. Active listener. Smile spreader.
Being home for the past four months has got me thinking a lot about what I’m going to do with my life. I mean, since I’ve been home I’ve been helping out at my mom’s clinic verifying insurance, doing office work, checking patients in and giving the occasional HPV shot to a teen (I’m not comfortable giving shots to little kids and babies). I love working at my mom’s clinic. I get to play with kids all day, watch Disney movies and hang out with my mom. My personal goal is to make the office more kid-friendly and patients are starting to notice it. My next project: toys and games for the waiting room.
But as much as I love working there, I realized it’s not something I can do for the rest of my life. I’m not even a licensed MA so when my mom retires I won’t be able to work at any other offices. So I realized I need to go back to school to pursue my healthcare career. My undergrad GPA isn’t going to get me into a school so my plan is to take a long route: LVN to BSN to maybe PA in the future. In a way I feel reluctant to take this path because it’s like I’m starting over. But rather than trying to take all the prerequisites I need to get into a nursing school (which would probably take years), I opted for enrolling in the 13-month LVN program at American Career College near my house.
I actually just finished the entire enrollment process today. I took the HESI entrance exam and got a 97% on the English and a 100% on the Math! What really scared me about the program was the tuition but with the help of financial aid and a $2000 scholarship AAC gave me my $33,000 tuition was reduced to $5956. School starts on May 13th and I’m not going to have a life for the next 13 months but I’m so excited to start because I’m finally on my way to a career. I have direction back in my life again and it feels great :)