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Big Changes

Most of you know that I've been studying martial arts for about 6 years now. I haven't mentioned it in awhile because I've become unhappy with some of the situations at the school. I've been struggling with the decision though because it's something that is very important to me and I haven't been able to figure out a way to reconcile my desire to continue studying the reality of how traditional martial arts schools operate.

I haven't mentioned it in my journal, because they don't really like it when people leave the school. In fact, if you start going to a different school they will excommunicate you and strip you of your standing in the school. I'm not worried about losing my standing in the school, but I don't want Do Joo Nim to hate me, so I haven't talked about this much.

However, I've come to a solution. I realized during all of my thinking on the topic that the aspect of study that I miss the most is the healing aspect of the art. We had a few opportunities to learn about acupuncture, cupping, etc. If you've read my journal or known me for any length of time, you will also know about my great interest in eastern medicine. So, it hit me.

I am currently putting together my application for admission into the Master's program at Emperor's College. They have a 4 year medical program which is awesome enough to provide the skills to pass even the California licensing exam (apparently the hardest in the country). I don't actually want to open up a practice, I want to do this for my own betterment and for the ability to help friends and family stay healthy.

They have most classes on nights and weekends, which means I can continue my job at Google (there is NO way I'm giving up my job at Google for anything). I went to an Open House they had last night and was able to ask some questions about the feasibility of keeping my full time job. Their description matches up with my assumption which is that the first 3 years are possible to do and keep a full time job (but of course it will probably be tough). The 4th year however involves quite a bit of work as an intern in their acupuncture clinic. My schedule at work though is very flexible and I believe they will allow me to take a 6 month sabbatical and come back to my job. So, I think I just might be able to pull this off.

It's a big change, but I'm really excited.

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