I have a little dilemma:
-I'm applying to accelerated programs. I'd like ultimately to work in a community clinic as a nurse practitioner. I've been working as a medical assistant in a community clinic and I love it. Money isn't a big deal to me, and I prefer to work less/moderate hours than make lots of money. Primary care and preventative medicine is my passion.
-I've applied to a number of schools, and recently got into U of Miami's accelerated bachelor's program.
1. Miami is 33k$. If you work for 2yrs in their hospitals (non-union, right to work, potentially bad working conditions, crazy hours, etc.) they pay the tuition for you. It would be different than what i want to do (community clinics), but maybe ok for a couple years. I might come to like it too outside of the scariness, and I do enjoy the class struggle
2. Miami starts in early may. I also applied to an Oregon BSN program, and an direct entry masters NP program in Los Angeles. I hear from LA/OR in April. To get into LA I need two more prereqs, that i'll have to take and wouldn't help me get in anywhere but LA. The program only accepts 20 people, and my grades are pretty good (3.70 in prereqs, maybe a 3.4-3.5 or something overall). I'm worried I won't get in though it's my top choice.
On the one hand Miami would be challenging, different, and exciting. There's a lot about the city that appeals to me, and I'm sick of Portland. On the other hand I'm sad to leave friends, the comfort of portland, and a liveable/bikeable city. My only other option is LA, which is also crazy to live in (grew up there). It is cheaper though (10k$/yr, but for 3yrs) and I'd come out a Nurse Practitioner.
I'd also have to risk taking dumb classes, spending money, etc when I could get denied. Either way I'll have to plan to go to miami and switch everything last minute if I get in elsewhere I'd rather go.
I'm pretty confused by the situation. I don't want anyone to tell me what to do, I know i'll figure it out eventually, but any perspective or advice from ye who went through it would be very helpful!
thanks so much.