Posted 14 November 2012 - 00:58
So last week I turned 26. I've been stuck working for a moderately large company of sorts here on the east coast with incredibly long hours and headaches with a very low salary to match. Two weeks ago, our area was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The owners and COO of our company decided it would be a fantastic idea to lay every one off for two weeks, providing no disaster assistance (not even to charity) or the ability to use our vacation time as pay. The competing company down the road (which is just as large as we are, if not larger) decided it would be an even better idea to help their employees, giving them a place to stay (air mattresses and food included), gas in their cars and bonuses in addition to their weekly salary.
I was on vacation last week (unpaid, since i'm not allowed to use my vacation time even though it's been pre-approved) and I did a lot of thinking. I was out in Vegas, and I stopped by the Bodies exhibit at the Luxor. Medicine and human health has always been an interest of mine, and my ex having been a doctor gave me even more of an insight on the field. The exhibit changed my mind forever. As I found out friday I wouldn't get paid AT ALL even though I was required to show up the prior week, and that my vacation would be unpaid, I made a decision to change the rest of my life.
I'm going to stay on part time, so I have some cash income, but I'm going to start college all over again, this time pre-med, then continue into Med School. Surprisingly, I've never been happier and more focused on anything in my entire life.
I have no doubts, but there are people I know that are doubting it, and doubting my motives (i.e. one person said i'm doing it to impress my ex... she doesn't even know). I know how tough its going to be... between the schooling and the residency after school, but I'm willing to put 110% of my life into it.
What do you guys think? Is it the right decision?
Edit: Please don't ask me what the company name is... I refuse to tell anyone. I won't damage the reputation of the company since it's employees are absolutely amazing, from all the way at the bottom to the corporate offices and vice presidents. The awesomeness stops at the very top with the COO and owner.