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Struggled to get back to school. Not sure if MLA is right for me.

[OP]
Member
Dec 30, 2016
312 posts
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Struggled to get back to school. Not sure if MLA is right for me.

Should I cancel my schooling?

Hi. I've posted here before about my academic struggles and got good advice, but could use some more again.

I finally managed to overcome the classes I failed in high school with my biggest hurdle being chemistry. All classes were 89+ except for math and I was alright with that, not what I expected at 31, but I was content with it. I went to talk to the academic advisor again and he told me that the program I wanted(medical lab tech) would be going to high demand(competitive entrance marks) starting next year and that the waitlist would be reset. I asked what else I could do then and after about half an hour we landed on medical lab assistant which isn't high demand and starts November 2nd.

I'm really tired of working in kitchens and am not getting any younger, I really wanted medical lab tech, but waiting 2+ years to get in was out of the question. So I applied and got accepted into medical lab assistant, with my plan being to graduate from it next year, see if I like the work and if so, jump to cytology after or mlt in another place with more seats, and work as an mla to make some decent money while wrapping up the bigger program.

However as my start date draws nearer, I find that I'm having doubts about becoming an mla. I really don't like dealing with the public and I don't really see the income(~$23/hour) doing much for me. A few of my classes would carry over into mla or cytology, but not many. I don't know...I should have graduated in comp sci ages ago, but I really struggled with the concepts and it broke me because I loved electronics and computers, but couldn't do the actual science. I bring this up because I have one week to withdraw and get all my money back, and I don't see mla being worth going 9k into debt, when it has such little carry over potential. My kitchen job I make $21/hour...

I really could use some advice please. I'm feeling depressed about this all for many reasons(feeling incompetent, stuck doing kitchen work, potential student loan debt, etc). I like cooking and that's how I ended up on restaurant work, many have suggested I open my own place or do catering, but...I just want something that'll let me have a family and cone home at a reasonable time. And I know for a fact that based on what my parents say, nobody back home would respect me cooking in Canada. Anyway.
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Sr. Member
Nov 9, 2011
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If Medical Lab Tech is what you really wanted, did you at least apply? You never know if you will get in or not until you apply. If you do not think lab assistant is what you wanted, then don't waste time and money on it.

If you like cooking, have you consider culinary school? If you are happy and successful in the kitchen - there is no shame in cooking in Canada. Doing what you love for living - that is pretty respectable to me.
[OP]
Member
Dec 30, 2016
312 posts
264 upvotes
The problem with MLT is that there's a two year waitlist in Saskatchewan and my math mark has dragged my average down from the minimum 90+ that would be necessary for the high demand seat. And I'd have to wait an additional two years anyway to get a seat'
Jr. Member
Jan 8, 2010
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You could have just bought your math mark in private school.

Have you considered a skilled trade?
[OP]
Member
Dec 30, 2016
312 posts
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Brown Thug wrote: You could have just bought your math mark in private school.

Have you considered a skilled trade?
Lol etc, that's a thing these days? That'll be a yikes from me! And I have considered trades, but none of them really interest me. I've decided to go through with the mla program anyway. I'll try it out and if I like the job setting, go back and get into mlt or cyto. I don't know the future, it's a bit terrifying but it's a start.
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x3fann wrote: Should I cancel my schooling?

Hi. I've posted here before about my academic struggles and got good advice, but could use some more again.

I finally managed to overcome the classes I failed in high school with my biggest hurdle being chemistry. All classes were 89+ except for math and I was alright with that, not what I expected at 31, but I was content with it. I went to talk to the academic advisor again and he told me that the program I wanted(medical lab tech) would be going to high demand(competitive entrance marks) starting next year and that the waitlist would be reset. I asked what else I could do then and after about half an hour we landed on medical lab assistant which isn't high demand and starts November 2nd.

I'm really tired of working in kitchens and am not getting any younger, I really wanted medical lab tech, but waiting 2+ years to get in was out of the question. So I applied and got accepted into medical lab assistant, with my plan being to graduate from it next year, see if I like the work and if so, jump to cytology after or mlt in another place with more seats, and work as an mla to make some decent money while wrapping up the bigger program.

However as my start date draws nearer, I find that I'm having doubts about becoming an mla. I really don't like dealing with the public and I don't really see the income(~$23/hour) doing much for me. A few of my classes would carry over into mla or cytology, but not many. I don't know...I should have graduated in comp sci ages ago, but I really struggled with the concepts and it broke me because I loved electronics and computers, but couldn't do the actual science. I bring this up because I have one week to withdraw and get all my money back, and I don't see mla being worth going 9k into debt, when it has such little carry over potential. My kitchen job I make $21/hour...

I really could use some advice please. I'm feeling depressed about this all for many reasons(feeling incompetent, stuck doing kitchen work, potential student loan debt, etc). I like cooking and that's how I ended up on restaurant work, many have suggested I open my own place or do catering, but...I just want something that'll let me have a family and cone home at a reasonable time. And I know for a fact that based on what my parents say, nobody back home would respect me cooking in Canada. Anyway.

OP just to clarify, you're basing all your decision on ONE academic advisor, correct? Which organization is this academic advisor from? What if he is wrong? Did you do any research yourself? What if you apply and get it? I'm not sure I understand why you have limited yourself, especially based one person's opinion. It's very clear that you don't wan to be a MLA so don't. What about going to school for MLT in a different city or province? Many people who can't get into med school go out of the country...where there's a will, there's a way. My one advice is that don't let your situation define you. If you really want to be a MLT find a way to do it, don't let one person's opinion stop you. I suspect you make a lot of fear-based decisions and are truly afraid of following your passion - anything but will be lead to a life of unhappiness for you which is the very reason that you feel depressed because you know you're not doing what you want to do.

Just from a quick Google search:

Admission Requirements
Grade 12 with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*, Physical Science 20*, Chemistry 30 and Biology 30
English Language Requirement
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics and physics requirements also accepted:

Minimum of 70% in Math B30
Minimum of 70% in Physics 20
https://saskpolytech.ca/programs-and-co ... ology.aspx

"Medical lab technologists across Canada feeling the pressure of high job vacancies"
There's not enough students in school right now in Canada to replace those retiring'
Brittany Spencer · CBC News · Posted: Feb 15, 2018 9:00 PM AT | Last Updated: February 15, 2018
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-e ... -1.4537274
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[OP]
Member
Dec 30, 2016
312 posts
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I'm more interested in MLT because of the higher pay and I guess position, being able to work relatively away from the public. And yes I know about the requirements for MLT in Saskatchewan at least, I had everything except chemistry 30 complete, but they also added the organic precalc 30 or foundations 30, which I don't have. Just math A30.

I thought about leaving and going somewhere for school, but the requirements are still relatively the same and uprooting myself isn't something that I want to do. I like my province/city as it is and will only look to move if I try MLA and like it enough to try and jump to MLT or CYT.

The only thing giving me cold feet is the thought of finishing the last two classes, applying and getting rejected. The advisor I spoke to made it seem like if I didn't have 90+ on everything there'd be no chance. I'll talk to another one this week and see what they say.

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