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The personal stories and adventures of a nerdy food lover.

The art of having a Plan B

I don’t like it when I don’t get my own way.  There…. I said it. But who really does?  If people were seriously unfazed about not getting the things they wanted, then no-one would try to achieve anything.  This is where the good ol’ ‘Plan B’ comes in to play.  I’m the type of person who, if they don’t succeed in getting something they want, will scheme a way to get it.  No underhanded, illegal or unethical tactics of course, but I’m always strategising.  With med school not being a possibility for 2013, I needed to consider my other options:

Option 1: Do nothing. Chuck everything into the ‘too hard basket’, and give up.
Option 2: Do nothing for now. Keep doing what I’m doing (in relation to work) and concentrate on studying for next year’s med entrance exam.
Option 3: Decide to ‘stuff it’.  Apply for a different course at University, quit my job, study full-time, and concentrate on studying for next year’s med entrance exam.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am not going to be truly happy until I am able to immerse myself in the sciences every day.  That is what makes my heart sing. I am, through and through, a nerd and I don’t care who knows it.

So, going back to my options:

Option 1: Everything stays the same. Boring.
Option 2: Everything stays the same….for now. Kind of boring, but kind of exciting.
Option 3: Nothing stays the same. Very exciting!

Because I love a good challenge, I have decided to go for option 3.  I have decided to listen to my heart and leave the security of a well-paying job, to go back to being a poor student.  This is my plan B. I am so serious about this option, that I have already submitted my application to be considered for a University place. But wait…..there’s more. I recently found out that the course I have applied for can increase my chances of getting into my preferred med school.  My journey to becoming a Doctor is not over yet – YAY!

When people say, “Oh, I don’t really have a plan B”, that’s not entirely true.  Doing nothing is, in essence, a plan B because you are planning to do nothing.  Don’t waste the precious time you have on this Earth or opportunities that may come your way.  Do whatever makes your heart sing.  Make every plan B worthwhile.  I am.

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11 thoughts on “The art of having a Plan B

  1. I’ve said ‘stuff it’ to my job, I was lucky enough to get a redundancy package 🙂 And I’m studying B Sci at Adelaide so I can SMASH GAMSAT in 2013. I’m also going to the Deakin interview for the experience but still want Flinders!! So I definitely endorse your Option 3! Good luck with it 🙂

    • Sometimes a redundancy package isn’t such a bad thing! Especially if you have a plan B like yours. I’m glad you are taking the interview opportunity at Deakin. You are right in saying it will be great practice for Flinders. I have a feeling that 2013 will be our year Judy….

  2. So proud if you hon, Option 3 is definitely for you. You will THRIVE with this new challenge and 2013 will be so much more exciting as a result xx

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  4. Annabel on said:

    What an absolute delight to have stumbled across your blog. I feel like you have crawled into my brain and read my thoughts word for word as I too am in the same position. Loved the ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Patience and Perseverance’ entries. Do you mind if I ask what course you’re going back to study during 2013? I’m having a lot of difficulty deciding what my Plan B should be … with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Exercise Science, two GAMSAT’s and one interview under my belt I’m finding myself floundering in a big way …

    Regardless, here’s to GAMSAT round three being the one for both of us!

    • Hey Annabel – thank you for stopping by my blog! I’ve applied for the Bachelor of Med Sci at Flinders. They’ve got a sub-quota for those who complete this, so the idea is to ‘double dip’ and be considered for that sub-quota as well as the normal pool. It’s hard because it is such a long process. All the best with your prep, and I hope we both have some good news to report next year!

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