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    • I took an online medical terminology course at University of Arizona online! It was 3 credits and self paced over the semester (super easy!!) Im not sure how it works when you aren't enrolled in a bacc program but it was great!
    • I don't think I have seen any PA schools require the lab portion during my two cycles of applying.  At my university they did not require the Genetics lab to be taken at the same time.
    • One thought here: as the stock market crashes and you continue to make contributions you are buying at the low - which is always the goal.  Therefore when the stock market rebounds (and so far every time there is a recession it rebounds drastically) you not only grow on what's left of your original amount, but you also grow from what was purchased at the bottom which only increases your rebound and growth.  Therefore some would argue that during a recession is when to try and make more contributions.  Something to consider during the next recession, which of course is "when" not "if."  So many people pull out of the market during a collapse (selling low) and then buy back in when the market has already been rebounding (buying high).  It makes no sense. Personally, I have a budget for monthly bills, safety net, etc. and then the "leftover" gets invested for retirement (of course this leftover is planned).  Therefore, it's only extra money that is lost if the stock market ever truly crashed without recovery - it would be unfortunate, but it just means I keep working.  But my opinion, if that ever truly happened we'd have a lot more to worry about than paper/electronic money - water, food,etc. would be currency (I'll go put on my tinfoil hat now). For those thinking about retirement and doing it on their terms: Use the 4% rule (Mr. Money Mustache wrote a great article on it).  it may not be perfect but is a great place to start.  I know my family could easily live pretty well on $40,000 per year.  Using the 4% rule, I need $1,000,000 in investments to retire.  Obviously that's today's numbers, so in 10 years I would have to factor in inflation (somewhere between $1.2-1.3 million).  Then you estimate what your investment return will be, historically the market has returned around 10-12% on average.  How much do you need to save and for how long to reach your goal?  Dave Ramsey has a nice easy calculator for this.  Unfortunately I'm not at all close to the $1 million mark, but if I could develop some passive income that changes everything.  If I could generate $10k per year of passive income, all of a sudden my goal nest egg is only $750,000 that's a massive difference because I only need $30,000 from my investments.  So just different things to think about...   now for me to go figure out how to develop some passive income...
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