Saturday, June 11, 2011

This n That

Just wanting to share some of the things I've been up to lately....

First of all, I was accepted into the Masters of Social Work program at UNLV. Second, I decided to decline admission. It was a hard decision. I still second guess my choice at times, but overall I feel good about it.

I've decided instead to study speech pathology. Nevada State College has a two-year post-baccalaureate program that prepares students to become speech pathologists in the schools. After that I can  pursue a masters degree in speech pathology. Although I've always been interested in becoming a licensed social worker, there are more jobs available and significantly higher pay in the field of speech pathology. Plus, the educational requirements seem somewhat more family friendly than those of an MSW program. Anyhow, I feel good about my choice to pursue speech pathology. My application is due on July 1st, so I've been scrambling to fulfill the admission requirements, one of which is passing scores on the Praxis 1 Exam.

I drove to St. George this morning to take it. After three hours of intense test taking I came out with a 188 on the Math Section and a 186 on the reading portion. Both were passing scores. The writing section included an essay section so I will have to wait for my score on that one. It's a relief to have it over with!!!

I recently finished the book Chesapeake by James Michener. I loved it! More books by James Michener will definitely be on my future reading lists.

I took a short break from listening to lectures on Egyptian History and switched over to English History, something I've always loved learning about.  One of my dreams is to someday spend a nice cool summer in a little cottage in England, far away from the hot desert sun of Nevada. Someday.....

Serving in scouts is something I'd always hoped to avoid, so I'm embarrassed to admit that I wasn't incredibly thrilled when I found out that as second counselor I would be overseeing the ward scouting program. To my surprise, I have quite enjoyed being involved in scouting. The boys are at a super fun age. I helped out with day camp yesterday and had a lot of fun.

So...that's what I've been up to lately.