Thursday, May 14, 2009

Educational anniversaries

A trivial tidbit about me: by sheer coincidence, I graduated from college (undergrad) and from law school on the same date, ten years apart. Today, May 14, is that date.

Today it has been 5 years since I graduated from law school and 15 years since graduating college.

I wonder where I'd be today and what I'd be doing had I never finished college. Aside from the obvious fact that I'd probably be much worse off financially, my life would be different in a lot other ways, too.

Had I never gone to law school, more likely than not, I would still be working as a nurse in some form or fashion. (Assuming I hadn't had a mental breakdown by now. LOL) It's also possible that I might have gone back to school for something else: before law school, I considered getting a PhD in psychology or a MBA, among other things. I also considered becoming a legal nurse consultant.

Had I never graduated from college, though, I never would have been a nurse in the first place. I never would have gone to law school. Considering the fact that I met a majority of my friends in adulthood through either my jobs or in law school, I wouldn't even have the same people in my life.

I'm not even sure that I would've met MM. I first moved to Arizona due to a nursing job; I stayed in Arizona to attend law school. I moved from Tucson back to Phoenix due to a legal job. Changing any small part of the chain of events could've led me down an entirely different path.

Interesting to contemplate. Sometimes I wish the technologies we see in sci-fi were true. It would be cool to have a way to see my "alternate realities."


jen said...

I think Things Happen For a Reason. No matter how screwy the Things are. They make us into the People We Become, and, man! Ain't that a kicker?!

TUWABVB said...

I just realized that I graduated law school in four days nine years ago! I never would have predicted the way I'm living my life right now. Then again, I never would have met my husband who worked for the law firm that I first joined after law school (although he says differently - he thinks we would have met somehow). I'm not sure I'm thrilled with where I am now, but it's definitely opened up many doors for me!