Today, I walked into my first class of what could potentially be the rest of my life . . . Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture and Lab). About five hours of class in a day to allow myself to go to school without disrupting my work life.
I was thankful when I saw 39 other people in the class with me on a Sunday at noon. That was a huge relief. At one point last night, I had this dream that I would be the only one there. The professor was awesome. She started us off with the very simple lesson of "what is an atom?" That immediately refreshed my memory and helped me tap into some knowledge sitting in the back of my brain collecting dust. It looks like everyone else in the class is going into some type of health profession. The age range was broad as well and not everyone is a matriculated student.
I certainly didn't feel awkward. I will say, that my studying for the ACE Personal Training Certification helped me a lot because I at least have a broad understanding about everything the professor will cover over the semester. Now, I just have to get into specifics which will be the hard part.
I decided to take one class this semester to ease myself into school again and I am so happy I did. Science doesn't come naturally to me. I love to learn about the human body and the systems but my brain shuts off at times when things get really complicated. Taking one class will allow me to focus on the topic and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Of course, I'm also working three jobs so this won't be an easy task but not taking Chemistry this semester along with A&P I, is helpful. I'll be taking 6 exams in the lab portion of the class and 6 exams in the lecture so I am sure I'll have a lot to write about as I go through it all.
Regardless of all the unknowns, learning a new topic is exciting and I'm going to continue taking baby steps. It's the best I can do.
For those considering joining me in this journey, a nursing friend of mine mentioned a forum website I should check out. Nursing World. Check it out for more information on the nursing field.