Hello, everyone! Long time reader, first time posting! :typing This is a bit long and winded, so please bear with me!
Well, I am currently a pre-nursing student, and trying to navigate my way through my nursing education.
Let me start from the beginning... I was born in Stockholm, Sweden to a Swedish father, and an American mother. Since I was born on Swedish soil, I am a Swedish citizen until the day I die. However, since I was also born to an American parent, I am also an American citizen by default. So, dual citizenship. Moving on... I was raised in America. English is my first language. I lived most of my years in the Southern California and Detroit areas, moving around quite a bit. After I graduated high school, I came back to Sweden to live with my older brother and his family. I am currently learning Swedish, and will be completely fluent soon.
Lately, my family has been discussing with me what I want to do about my education. I have two options:
A) Stay in Sweden, and recieve my education here. The education system here in Sweden is practically free for all of its citizens, which is a big upside to consider in this terrible economy. If I become a registered nurse in Sweden, I am free to practice anywhere in the EU (European Union) that I choose, but if I ever decide to go back to America, I am going to need to be completely re-certified, from what I have been told. (If you have heard otherwise, I'd love to hear from you!)
B) Go back to America, and apply for school there. I would need to apply for every scholarship known to man, take out several loans, and probably work two jobs, in order to make this fesible (my parents are not going to be able to help me whatsoever with my education, because the economy has really hit them hard). I am willing to do this; I'm driven, can run on very little sleep (hence why I can be a nurse! tee hee ), and a very hard worker. If I become a registered nurse in America, and ever decide to go back to Sweden, I am more likely to be able to work without needing to be re-certified, just tested to be sure I am up to standard.
Soo... *takes a breath*
At this point, you are probably smacking your forehead thinking "Is this girl nuts? She has a completely free education at her fingertips, and is still considering putting herself into debt for the next ten years just to live in America!?"
Well, this is my dilemma.. I do enjoy it here in Sweden. The people are wonderful, the scenery is breathtaking. But I really do feel like America is home to me. My entire family (save for my brother, his kids, and a few aunts and uncles here in Sweden) live in the United States. I have many friends and a boyfriend (a current nursing student :redbeathe ) there, and I think it really may just be where I belong.
I am also trying to take my future into consideration. The average nurse in Sweden makes roughly 38,000 to 48,000 (American dollars) a year, at the highest. And that is before taxes, which for us is about 27%. But this also covers our health care, child care, and everything else. We don't need to worry about job benefits.
So... This is where all you fine folks come in. I am in dire need of some outside opinions. I've read through what seems like thousands of threads, and you all are just incredible. Your stories are inspiring, and I really hope I can hear back from you with some insight into my situation. Thank you again!! :)