Alright. So this post will be spouted off before I have time to re-think things; it just needs to be done this way. I need input before I hash out a plan that isn't practical and others' advice (no matter how small) is extremely appreciated.
I need to go live somewhere else next year. I need to figure myself out. I know who my inside me is, but I don't know who my outside me is. (Intrapersonal intelligence = great; figuring out how I want to use the skills I have in life in terms of committing to a profession = not so great).
Here's how it goes.
*Respectable but not fantastic GPA (roughly a little over 3.3 on the 4.0 scale but I'm not on that scale)
*Taken a year off; done the gap year program; built houses in Africa, done all the adventuring I could ever dream of during that year
*Near-completion of a BA in psychology but also cutting away nicely at chemistry courses
*jack of all trades, master of none (i play a handful of instruments; am into cycling, rowing and tried surfing and scuba diving each once and loved them both; enjoy reading regularly but am not a bibliophile, etc.)
Considering: pursuing a medical degree. Uncertain but at this point it seems to be the best use of my interests and skills. Also aware of how lame a choice this is in terms of everyone wanting to be a MD who is interested in health care; I used to be certain I could find a way to satiate all my intellectual interests & find something in health care that suited me (seriously considered clincal psych, physiotherapy, etc.) but am starting to really think I need to go for the MD to not see myself as reaching for less than I want/am capable of.
Problem: I can't shadow doctors where I live. My family has the town covered in every area of health care. I don't want them knowing I'm considering trying for an MD; it would cause many undesired dynamics and it'd be another factor to weed out when discovering if it really is for me (them being around all the hospitals is not what I need when I'm trying to figure out if this is my personal path).
Solution I'm Looking For: Find somewhere else to get some serious hours of shadowing/hands-on experience under my belt to decide if this is for me. Also, field exposure is the major gap in my would-be-application at this point.
Would also want to get a few more credit hours behind me (i don't have any physics/cell bio prereqs done although the rest is completed).
Therefore I want to find somewhere to move for a year or two that:
a) has exposure to a variety of health-care settings (i.e. no small towns)
b) I can finish the few courses I have left
c) I can enjoy living ***Needs to be Sunny for a prairie girl who hated the 3 months she lived in rainy B.C.***
d) I can work part-time (I'm Canadian).
e) ideally I can ride my bike a lot (the nerdy type of bike with lycra shorts)
=>What are my options as a Canadian going to the U.S.? (Because for most of the months in Canada I can't ride.) How likely is it that I can get a job on campus as a part-time student (because I'm assuming I'm legally not allowed to get a job somewhere else?)
=>Should I try and scheme a way to get a green card for a year so I can work some waitressing job or will this be a crapshoot? Is it financially worth it for me to go to the states given the economy shift?
*I'd need to wait a year for the application to med school anyway; I could finish my courses during that year
*go to bible college?
*let's not leave north america unless I have a fantastic reason to do so. I've heard more than a few rumors about how going overseas to save the world can actually be a detriment to your med school application. and i've already done it once.
Any thoughts? Ideas? Advice?