I think I fell in love with Atlanta this weekend.
I actually didn’t know what to expect as I drove south on Thursday night. I have only driven through Atlanta on my way to Florida growing up and imagined Atlanta as a crowded city with lots of concrete buildings.
I was so wrong, it was anything but that. There was so many trees and parks and cute little coffee shops and breakfast spots and it was warm! And Emory was gorgeous and totally impressed me. Before this weekend I actually didn’t know much about Emory’s program. I knew the basics, but I didn’t get a chance to visit before I applied because it would have been too much craziness with all the other traveling and the Richmond Marathon that happened last fall.
What I love most is the core values of Emory…leadership, social responsibility and a passion for global health. The program is a total of 2 1/2 years, so in August 2015 I would graduate with a BSN and sit for the NCLEX to obtain my RN license and then two weeks later I would start specializing as a family nurse practitioner and graduate in December 2016 with my MSN and sit for the exam to become a nurse practitioner. So, so exciting!
My heart was sold on Emory, I loved it. And the hospital you guys is amazing. It just earned Magnet recognition which ensures rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. What was also really impressive was that two of the current students said they turned down John Hopkins to go to Emory.
So after I was thinking “yes, this it it” I got the email notification on my phone that decisions has been released for Columbia. So while I’m still at visiting day for Emory I found out I was accepted to Columbia…say what?! Then I was just confused and excited and scared and my head was spinning.
I honestly didn’t know if I would get accepted to Columbia. It was my reach school, the school I dreamed about but wasn’t too confident it would become a reality. I sat there speechless not knowing what to think but feeling so extremely grateful. So happy and so thankful.
So what now? I am going to visiting day at Columbia the weekend of March 7th and after that I am hoping to make a decision. I’ve decided that UVA is not the program for me and although moving is very scary, I know it’s the right thing. There is so much opportunity in either Atlanta or New York and hopefully with lots of prayer and some time to gather my thoughts my heart will just know where to be come May.
As for my career as an RD, I am still and will always be a Registered Dietitian. Nutrition will always be the foundation of my practice as an NP, without a doubt. I have learned so much about true health and healing these past 2 years and I have never once regretted getting my RD.
March 14th will be my final day at Revolution Health Center, the private health practice where I work alongside two physicians, and after that I will be doing Nutshell Nutrition full time. That means I will have much more availability and be able to take on more clients before I’ll have to cut back when school starts. I’m hoping to continue to do Nutshell a few hours a week when school starts and of course keep blogging. You guys have been so supportive and amazing and I want to hug the crap out of all of you!
So yesterday morning I drove the 8 hours back to Charlottesville and tried to sort through everything. I talked to Momma Coale for a while and ate lots of snacks and the time flew by. When I got back I went to the gym, did the elliptical for 45 minutes and then hit up Whole Foods for dinner.
Pizza craving crushed.
This weekend Momma Coale and my little brother are coming to visit and I’m so excited!