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I'm learning so much as an artist with this new work. Trying to push myself doing things i wouldn't normally do. If you know me, you know that i never wear pink! its definitely not my favorite color! yet here i am painting in pinks! trying something new just for the sake of learning...just for the sake of Art...
What they don’t teach you in PA school… ⠀ ⠀
…how to support yourself between graduating and your first paycheck.
This question has come up a bunch recently so let’s talk about it. If you don’t want to read on the tl;dr take aways are: sell a kidney on the black market, drive for Uber, or find yourself a sugar person ( #equality ). Just kidding, keep reading.
“Don’t worry about the debt (of PA school)” they said, “you’ll be making enough money that you’ll be able to pay your loans off.” “Cool,” we thought to ourselves, but it wasn’t until about three months or so before graduation that you realize your last loan disbursement just might not be enough to even get you through graduation. “F*ck.” But don’t worry, you’ll make enough money.
Cool, so what about the brief intermission that intercedes strutting across the graduation stage (or in my case hobbling with a cane like House, MD) and your first Big Mac of a paycheck?
I think when I asked someone about this I was told to dog sit or move back home with my parents. No really, that was their response. ⠀ ⠀
Hi, my name is Stephen I’m 32 years old. I just graduated with a Master’s degree and will be moving back in with my parents for the 4th time since graduating college. Wanna date me?? COOL didn’t think so.
No, I didn’t actually move home, but here are some ideas for supporting yourself if the dog sitting thing doesn’t pan out. ⠀
•Drive for Uber or Lyft
•Be a dog-walker for Wag or Rover
•Go back to your job prior to starting PA school
•Sell your belongings, at least the ones you don’t want/need
•See if your program will let you come back and teach or assist with skills labs
•Get literally any temporary job you can get your hands on. ⠀
•Rely on the money you saved before PA school (this was so not me.)
•If you’re married or in a relationship, perhaps your SO can help support you until you start working if you happen to be so fortunate.
•Become a stock market hound and learn to day trade (Ok I’m just spitballing now)
No, don’t sell your kidney - that’s poor form. Have more ideas? Please leave them in the comments so we don’t have to eat ramen anymore!
T minus 13 days until step 1 and 38 days until clerkships begin and I’m back in the hospital!!! I am shocked but also not shocked how much I miss being in the hospital. I went to visit a loved one (who is just fine) in the hospital today and I was bombarded with these longing feelings of wanting to be back in the halls with the bustle and the patients and the love and anguish and the chaos. It’s intoxicating and addicting and all my butterfly’s about being a doctor came back. Medicine is so beautiful.