Saturday, April 26, 2008

Master of Science...

Can you believe it?! I am finally done my Masters degree. It has only been 20 months since I started the degree, but I feel I have come a long way since Feb 1999 when I first heard about genetic counselling. Nine years later, here I am.

So as far as I can tell, my formal education is complete. So what now? I had hoped that something might be available in Saskatchewan when I was done, but unfortunately there is not. So, plan B. I was offered, and have accepted, a one-year position here in Montreal. It is a prenatal position (meaning I would be offering my genetic counselling services to pregnant women/couples) working in the (mostly) French children's hospital. I am looking forward to doing what I love, but won't lie and say I am not nervous about the French. I am not really concerned with my ability to counsel patients in French, I am more concerned with the day to day functionings of an office in French. I am hoping that after a couple of months I will feel more comfortable.

The downside of accepting a job in Montreal is that Jeff had to return to Saskatoon and we will be living apart for a year. Yes, it sucks but if the next year goes as fast as the last, it is doable.

I haven't received an official start date for the job, so I decided that I should come home to Saskatoon for a visit. That's right - look for me from April 29th to May 9th in SK! Also, now that I have a bit more free time on my hands, I plan to update this thing a bit more - I have a few adventures left to write about (and a European adventure coming up at the end of the month ...)

So, cheers to the McGill program who accepted me, to the teachers/supervisors who taught me to do this fabulous job and to my classmates who were beside me, supporting me, the whole time.

" These years have passed us by so fast, it seems like we never got the chance to realize how good life really was, and let the moment last. And it feels like it was only yesterday, when we walked into this place and said I can't wait till I get out of here. And now as we walk down this aisle with four years all rolled up in a scroll, you can't help but think 'Hey, Where did the time go'" - DMB

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Congrats Rachel! You've worked really hard! I'm sorry to hear you weren't able to find a job in SK. That must have been disappointing for you and Jeff. I hope the next year flies by for both of you.
Congratulations Rachel! I'm not nearly as disapointed as you that you will be in Mtl - I'm jealous ! If you are able to counsel people in French, in no time at all will you figure out the office lingo. I'm sure it will be great. I also think it's fabulous that the job you described in this post is the job you described to me about 2 years ago when you came for your interview in Mtl. It's not often that the degree lands you your planned (and ideal ?) job. And Go Saskatchewan 2009 !
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