As I mentioned yesterday, I just started classes at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. This school is an answer to prayer. I first looked into it the day I dropped my online classes at KU because they were literally the only school within a 1-hour driving range that offered classes in person. I was slightly skeptical since I hadn't heard of the school until we moved here and I heard a radio ad. But I have a co-worker who went to undergrad there and LOVED it. I talked to a few people in the Graduate offices and their program is fully accredited, all the classes are in person, and it's pretty affordable for a small Christian school.
Even better, the MSN program runs in 'mini-mesters' which means each class meets for 4 hours once a week for 7 weeks and then you start your next class. So I can be part-time, take classes one-at-a-time, yet still get 2 classes in per semester? Sign me up! This also meant that I could start in October instead of waiting for a new semester to start in January. AND if I need to take a mini-mester off, I won't be months or years behind in the program like I would have been at KU. I was sad about that fact that saying yes to 3 years at KU meant saying no to travel, mission trips, and more. Can I really have the best of both worlds? Is this too good to be true?
I had my first class last night: Health Promotion for a Global Society. I love it. Not only are we discussing "the influence of biologic, environmental, and societal factors on health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities," but we will explore "the idea of professional nursing as a ministry through vocation." Sounds like just what I need.
And, irony of ironies, I showed up to class last night only to find out that the teacher is a Midwife. At the Birth Center I was lusting after when dreaming of a career as a Midwife. I'm not sure what God is trying to say to me, but when I was driving home after class, I heard Jeremy Camp's "Walk by Faith" on the radio. And I realized that for now, all I can do is "walk by faith, even when I cannot see because this broken road prepares (God's) will for me." I am so thankful for His endless love! He has a plan for me even when I can't see it.
And just for fun, here's a video our teacher showed in class last night. I guess statistics can be useful ;-)