Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Still waiting for an update

I sent an email to admissions, asking about the status of my admission deferral application. Someone from admissions responded by stating that the college is, "finalizing the communication to students who have deferred" and that they will get in touch with me next week.

Does that mean that my application has been approved?

I never did hear back from the Chair of the program.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Waiting to hear from the college about my admission deferral

I haven't heard back from the college yet. I still don't know if my admission deferral request has been approved. Will I be starting school in September of this year or September of next year?

I left a vmail for the Chair of the school today, that is responsible for the Respiratory Therapy Program, asking for a status update about my deferral request. I haven't heard back yet. I would really like to know when I'm going to be starting school! Not knowing for sure, is really starting to bug me. My patience is wearing thin.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Thanks Ken

I heard back from Ken, who is one of the people who runs the RT Corner web site. My blog has been added to the web site's links page (

RT Corner is a great web site for people interested in Respiratory Therapy. If you're not already a regular visitor to the site, please check it out:

Thanks Ken.


Some things I learned today:

  1. When you're crawling around on a server room floor, underneath a circuit breaker panel, get up slowly. Circuit breaker panels have really sharp pointy corners, that will hurt you if you slam your back into one of them.

  2. It's really hard to take a decent picture of a wound on your back, if you take the picture yourself.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Read my blog!

I've become obsessed by how many people are reading my blog. I visit the Cluster Map for my blog on a regular basis and am always pleased to see more and bigger dots. I think I might be developing a bit of a Cluster Map problem! I want more people to read my blog!

I recently had a thought about how to get more people to read my blog. If I got the kind hearted folks who run the web site to post a link to my blog on their links page ( then maybe a lot more people would know about and read my blog.

I'm going to ask to be put on the links page. Hopefully they'll do it and I'll get a bunch of RTs reading my blog.

Second thoughts

I must admit, that at times I do have second thoughts about my intention to change careers. I've recently wondered about why I felt the need to change careers. Was it the job or was it the work environment that need to be changed? Do I just need to have a more flexible work schedule, so that I don't feel "trapped" in a job that has a tendency to grind me down?

I recently poked around on a "find a job" web site to see what kind of Respiratory Therapy jobs were available. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of openings for new Respiratory Therapists, which is a comforting fact. I did notice that a lot of the positions were for short term positions that lasted either 6 or 12 months. The prospect of only committing to a short employment term is strangely intriguing...

I'm starting to think that I might be one of those people who needs the variety associated with moving from one job to another, on a regular basis, in order to stay fresh and enthused about his working life. Maybe what I need is to have periods of unemployment mixed in with my jobs, so that I can lead what I feel to be a satisfying life.

As always, only time will tell...

Waiting to move

July 16th, that's they closing date for my condo. The condo is in a different city from the one I'm currently living and working in. The condo will be an 8 minute bus ride away from school.

I'm planning on keeping my existing apartment until the end of August, so that I'll be able to move into my new place at a leisurely pace. My new home is about a 1.5hr drive from my current apartment. Getting to work from my current apartment takes about 20-30 minutes. Getting to work from my condo will take about 2 hours, if I'm lucky.

If I'm not going to school this September, I might want to get a different job that's closer to my new home. Getting a job in the same city as where I'm living, might be the sensible thing to do. A four hour daily commute sounds pretty unpleasant! I should be able to do some work remotely from home, with my current employer, but am skeptical about how well and how long that will work out.

On the other hand if I'm only working a couple of days with my current employer, starting in September, doing the commuting thing might not be all that bad. The cost of living in my new city of residence is significantly lower than where I'm living now. I should be able to live reasonably well if I only work a couple of days a week with my current employer.

I still haven't heard back from the school yet about my admission deferral application. If the application has been approved, I'll be going to school in September 2008. If the application hasn't been approved, I'll be going to school this September.