I've finally got my summer plans figured out! I'll be interning at a nursing home assisting with infection prevention. The place is in absolute bumfuck. It's a town of 2000, in a county of 5700. It's going to be a huge change from all of my past experiences. I'm really excited to be working on-location instead of over the phone with my entire previous role. It's also going to be a great, rural, low resource setting. But I've never been somewhere that remote for any length of time and even though it's only like 7 weeks or so, it's going to be a huge adjustment.
I think I know what my thesis will be. I'm waiting on some confirmation but it looks like it'll be working with CMS and the CDC's nursing home team to review nursing home citations to review common places there are problems and ways to improve and have the greatest impact with the least resources.
I've got my first final of this semester in 45 minutes. I'll be done with the semester by May. This semester was disturbingly fast. Also supposed to be the worst. I'm signed up for 12 credits next semester and will likely do the minimum the semester after. I'll have the credits to graduate after next, but I'm not sure I'll be done with my thesis and I'll need to take some more required classes. I reached out to the school to ask about graduating early since it's something I might possibly be able to do, but they said I had a "financial obligation." So I'm meeting with a representative to talk about that sentence, and I will be recording the conversation because that feels slimy as all hell. They're in the business to educate, not make money. And if I need to get my lawyer aunt to listen to it, I will.
Grad school is pretty okay overall. Not happy I have to do it, glad I waited a few years to do it, annoyed at the lack of support from the school, and annoyed that the school claimed it required 2 years of professional work experience but I am one of the older people in the program at the ripe old age of 25. They clearly ignore the professional experience requirement and that's a shame because it would make the classes much better in my opinion. The amount of people complaining about the volume of work they need to complete is absurd. It's graduate school. It should be a lot of work. It should be challenging. But I'm about halfway through at this point. So I'm just hoping for the end to hurry up so I can get back to regular work hours, a steady paycheck, and free time to pursue hobbies.
Update: final completed. It was poorly written and more difficult than the first one, but I went into it with a great grade so I'm not concerned.