Sunday, March 29, 2009

Should I Go Back to the Philippines?

I am faced with a huge dilemma and can't decide what to do with my life. I have two options and choosing one would significantly alter my life. Well I did already alter my life by deciding not to finish my nursing program back in the Philippines to come here in Canada and frankly I'm not sure whether I made the right decision or not.

So I have two options which will dictate how my future would turn out and these are either to go back to the Philippines to finish the last year of my Bachelor of Science in Nursing or to stay here in Canada where I will have to start my whole degree from scratch.

So here are the pros and cons:

Going Back to the Philippines

PROS

CONS

I will finish my degree faster.

I am not confident that I can remember everything I learned.

Education in the Philippines is cheaper.

I already got rid of my books and notes which I know will be needed for my classes.

I will not have debts to pay after school.

Being alienated by my new classmates as they have already known each other since they started the program.

Commuting to the hospitals is easier.

I have to wash my own clothes by hand, budget my money, and look for a clean place to eat.

I am familiar with the settings in the Philippines.

I am not sure that I will get a job here in Canada as an RN but only as an LPN.

Independence from parents and increase in allowance.

Staying In Canada

PROS

CONS

I will start a-new and I won’t have to worry about the professor saying things like, “...as you have learned from last sem...”

EXPENSIVE!!! VERY EXPENSIVE!!!

Better education and what I learn and experience is exactly what will be done. Theory and practice will actually meet.

I have to get a car (partly-pros) and drive to far-flung hospitals (40 minutes away) for my clinical exposure.

I will get a job easier since I graduated from a recognized Canadian institution.

When I graduate from school I will already have debt to pay (student loan).

A chance to study in a Canadian University and be able to meet new people.

By the time I graduate I will already be 24 years old!!!

Getting acquainted with the way the health system in Alberta, Canada works because this is where I will eventually end up working.

If ever I fail, I will have to wait for another year and can’t transfer to other institutions as easy as transferring from Xavier to Liceo.


I really need help in deciding. I know that the decision is really up to me but being able to listen to other people's opinion will really be helpful.

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