When I was barely old enough to talk, I would tell anyone and everyone that I wanted to be a "doctor that delivers babies" when I grew up. I always had a weird love for medicine, and babies. As I started to get older I knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. My desire to go to med school quickly changed when I met the love of my life and realized I wanted a happy marriage and babies of my own more than I wanted to be a
slave resident for a million years. So I researched the PA profession and decided it would be perfect for me.
I shadowed in orthopedics for 4 years in undergrad to get my hours to apply to PA school, and I fell in love. I loved that there was a fix for everything. I was intrigued with all the injuries I saw, mostly because my husband and I both played sports and suffered a lot of those injuries ourselves. I thought 100% that I wanted to be an orthopedic PA.
Just a few weeks ago we started our Women's Health/OB-GYN section, and my love for delivering babies resurfaced. We got to do pelvic exams/pap smears on real women, learn how to deliver babies, etc. And I thought, 'holy cow I might want to do this with the rest of my life'. This is exciting people!! I texted my husband in the middle of a lecture and said, "I love this stuff. I really want to do this when I grow up!" :)
When people ask me how I am liking school, I start off with the expected "the studying 24/7 SUCKS" but then explain how freaking awesome it is to be learning about what I have loved for my entire life. Not many people grew up so passionate about something, and for that I am lucky! I am so thankful to be interested in what I am learning about. There is nothing in the world more liberating than pursuing your dreams.
Proof that I have always been obsessed with babies and pregnancy. My mom preggo with my baby sis. And yes, I made her do this in stores, restaurants, etc.