10 Cosmic Brain Realizations I Had My Freshman Year Of College

10 Cosmic Brain Realizations I Had My Freshman Year Of College

One year down, three more to go.

Freshman year of college is swiftly coming to a close and the stress of exam time is upon us all. Amidst the studying, packing, and stress, there's hardly enough time to truly reflect on what this year has given me. The experiences I've had this year have shaped who I am and have helped me grow a tremendous amount while also giving me a bit of a reality check.

Here are ten realizations that freshman year has given me:

1. There's never enough time.

Depending on your schedule, it may feel like the assignments keep piling up on your Canvas to-do list with no end in sight. Twenty four hours never feels like enough time to complete the mountain of tests, quizzes, projects, etc. in addition to finding time to get in three meals and some decent sleep.

2. Your diet either gets better or worse.

The notion of the "freshman fifteen" is well known. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while getting from class to class but with the constant access to food, it can be a little easier to pick and choose the best options.

3. So does your sleeping schedule.

You're not going to get those assignments done in your sleep. Before you know it, it's 1 am and you're reflecting on your lack of proper time management.

4. You find your niche.

College is a great time to figure out the types of people you want around you on a daily basis. From organizations to campus events to study groups, there are many opportunities to meet people with the same interests and aspirations. You may realize that your high school friends are no longer a circle you wish to be a part of. For me personally, I choose people that motivate me to succeed during my time here, with a few laughs in between.

5. You gain some independence.

Freshman year can be a big adjustment, going from living at home with your family, willing to help with whatever to living on your own with a multitude of responsibilities and some freedom. What I've learned is that some are more equipped to handle this than others.

6. Your perspective changes drastically.

College has the ability to challenge your views and preconceived notions. Being open to the experiences that this year has brought me has allowed me to develop some previous concepts and alter others. Being open to a change in your thinking is the best approach.

7. High school taught you little to nothing about the real world.

I've found myself saying this time and time again. Personally, high school felt like its own little world. I learned a lot, don't get me wrong, but college is nothing like high school. And it's not supposed to be.

8. Professors are not all-knowing.

I think we all have felt the frustration of having a professor who is more unorganized than we are. But it's also an opportunity to realize that they're really no different from us; you can challenge them too.

9. Your chosen major may be affirmed or no longer something you want to pursue.

Many people decide to switch their majors during or right after freshman year. It's a good time to re-evaluate the path you want to take for the future and how much time and work you're willing to put into it.

10. It gets easier.

Everything gets easier with time. Routines develop, habits form, and soon enough you'll be graduating and looking back on how all of this was worth it!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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