Calling on you for advice

Hello blogger friends!

I need your advice. As most of you know my life somewhat imploded a bit ago. As a part of the collateral damage, I’m now somewhat stuck on whether or not to continue with my current trajectory. You all have always been incredibly insightful and have helped me see from different perspectives, so I’m hoping to get a bit of that with this.

My initial plan was stay one more year at my current school, get my counseling supervision at this school, finish my M.A. in school counseling by the end of Fall 2018. The hiccup with that is… I no longer wish to stay here after having been made to feel so powerless. Plus, I only intended to stay in school counseling for a while until I completed my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. So it was never the long term plan.

My plan B was to just change my degree plan to the Clinical mental health counseling program. Then I could take my money from TRS and start my own practice as an LPC. I could make my own hours while I finished my Ph.D. This, however, would make my new M.A. graduation date the end of Spring 2020. I don’t really want to prolong that degree when, if allowed, I could finish it Summer 2019. They won’t approve that though, I tried. Also, this program is in person, so I would need to move about an hour East. I’m in Texas, so an hour really isn’t that bad  (I drive that every week to therapy).

My plan C is to switch to the Clinical mental health counseling program. Take what classes I can in the Summer  (stay at my Aunt’s house bc she lives closer). I would continue in this program until I got accepted to a doctoral program for Fall 2019 admission. I would be able to transfer up to 32 (or so) hours. So, I wouldn’t be wasting time or money with this option. It just means moving, leaving the comfort of a salaried job for some uncertainty. It’s the most logical long term plan but the most risky short term plan.

I am in a pickle. What do you all think? What would you do?

5 Thoughts

  1. Well, it sounds like Plan A isn’t a viable option any more, and Plan B and C both involve moving. Starting your PhD in 2019 vs 2020 is probably not going to make that big a difference in the grand scheme of things. So I would say it comes down to whatever just feels right.

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    1. You are right about plan A. I kind of think Plan B makes the most sense logistically. It is slightly more practical. But Plan C makes my heart flutter. I think I’m going to compromise, go an route to Plan B, Apply for grad schools, and let date decide where I go when the road forks.

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  2. My thoughts.

    Any form of education is never, ever a waste of time or money. I think you need to do what you want to do now, rather than wait and live in a state of ‘what ifs’.

    When I first started University my parents forced me to stay in Ontario when I really wanted to go to the east coast. I suffered through 2 awful years at a university that I hated (it was a top university, but I didn’t like it from day one).

    In my second year I applied to all East Coast schools (didn’t tell my parents until I was accepted) and transferred at the beginning of my 3rd year (from Social Science to pure Science) and then spent 4 years in Newfoundland. Most of the courses I took in my first two years weren’t useful towards my science degree, but I wouldn’t consider them a waste of time because they taught me something.

    I had to make extra sacrifices moving that far away–coming home for Thanksgiving and spring break was out of the question, so I only came home for Christmas and in the summer (because I already had a job). It was hard at first but doing what I loved was the best decision I ever made.

    You’re still young enough to do what you want to do and I think you should do whatever is going to make you happiest.


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