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I Feel Your Pain!

I Feel Your Pain!

For the last 2 ½ years I have been enrolled as a fulltime student in a doctorate program.  When students discuss the struggles of trying to juggle family responsibilities, their academic career as well as working full or even part time, I can truly identify with them! It has been a struggle, but I am nearing the end with a projected graduation of May 2016.

Recently I faced another challenge in my quest.  As part of my doctoral studies, I have reached the point to where I was required to sit for comprehensive exams, commonly called “comps”.  In preparing for this exam, I inquired as to what the primary focus would be so that I could narrow the range of information to work on.  The reply that I got from my professor was that I needed to “know everything about everything!”  One of the main differences between comps and the NREMT is that candidates have a total of six attempts for the NREMT.  Doctoral candidates have only two.  No pressure…right?

I arrived at the university and began the exam.  Four and a half hours later, I walked out and got into my car exhausted, both mentally and physically.  Much like a paramedic student who has completed his NREMT exam, I had no idea as to whether I passed or not.  Later I received the best news I have gotten in a long time!  I had passed and would now be able proceed with the finalization of my doctoral research project and its defense in May!

As an educator, I try to learn from everyday life.  What have I gathered from my own educational journey?  I like to think that this has made me more empathetic to the juggling of time issues that are faced by my students. I found that my own professors understood that everyone taking their classes are working professionals while at the same time upholding high academic standards. 

I also learned that sacrifices had to be made.  I am the proud owner of a Harley motorcycle.  For the last ten years, I have averaged a little of 10,000 miles each year of time on the bike.  This year, I have barely rolled 2700 miles.  I had to consciously and deliberately make the decision to sacrifice an activity that I loved in order to be successful in my education. 

If you are looking for a paramedic program that will push you to your limit…and beyond, the EKU Department of Paramedicine may be the one.   Coming out of our program you will have a world to open up before you that you never imagined.  Contact us for more information.

Published on August 17, 2015

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