10 Struggles of A Nursing Student

10 Struggles of A Nursing Student

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1.) Not Enough Time

This is the most common. When I am studying all day, in and out, to pass the next exam, I usually don't have time for the other classes. One of the ways to fix this is to be structured! Manage your time wisely.

2.) Feeling of Self-Doubt

Feeling like you can't do something is the worst! You just shut down and feel like giving up. Sometimes you sit in class and don't feel like you can do anything, and that you should just change your major. DON'T! There are many days where I feel like this but I just think of how rewarding this field is. What is pushing me through is to see the look on the patient's face and how I will be with them and their family every step of the way.

3.) Small Friend Groups

Honestly, being a nursing major, most of the friends you make will also be nursing majors. They just get you and the common struggles you're both going through. It's even better if you find someone in your classes and get really close with them because you can help each other out and grow a stronger friendship. If someone is serious in their major, they wouldn't be going out every weekend. My friend group is small and I am 100% okay with this.

4.) No "You" Time

If you give yourself time for yourself, good!! Chances are, five minutes in you feel guilty and start studying instead. At this point in the semester, I feel like I cannot give myself the time I need to stay sane because I have to be worrying about getting good grades in all of my classes.

5.) Always Tired

*YAWNS* When you are studying, it can make you really tired. Also, you didn't get the proper "eight hours" because you have class the next day, it can be hard. Sleep is so important! For me, I cannot function if I get less than 7 hours of sleep. It is important to get up and walk around for three minutes when you are studying all day to wake yourself up. If you are tired and trying to study, you run the risk of not retaining anything!

6.) Stress

STRESS!!! This is one of my least enjoyable things of being a nursing major. I feel stress all the time, and if I try to give myself a break, I feel like I physically can't because I have to study. Then, when I get over stressed, the self-doubt kicks in and I start to worry for no reason. The ideas that I won't "make it" and that I am not good enough, even though I am studying and giving it my all, starts to haunt me and I feel this way every moment during the day.

7.) All-Nighters

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS! I have never done this and I don't plan on it because it is just unhealthy. However, I do know people who are up all night in the library studying, or staying in the Anatomy and Physiology Lab to study the night before a practical exam. I, personally, don't recommend this, but hey... you do you!

8.) No One Understand You

When I go home, I will still speak in, what my friends call, "A&P Talk". My friends are used to it up at school because they either know what I am talking about or they are around me enough to start to learn what I mean. The way I learn is by repeating things that I am trying to understand. For example, when I was learning about why it hurts when you are in a dark room and someone turns the lights on, and you feel like you are dying, I would go over that when I would be home. After, I would say it my whole family looked at me like I was insane.

9.) So much is happening all at once.

At Mount Saint Mary College, you need to maintain a 2.75 GPA while getting a C or better in A&P and Nursing Chemistry. However, just having a C in both of these classes (which is mandatory to continue in the nursing program), you also have to do your best in all to other classes to get to that 2.75 GPA, and this doesn't include all of the work each class requires. First semester of freshman year, I was so focused on getting at least a C in A&P that I, sadly, did not pay as much attention in my other classes. In the end, I got a passing grade, but I was disappointed because I knew I could've done better.

10.) Personal Hygiene

By far, this is probably the grossest one, but we have all been there. When you are studying in your room and next thing you know it is 10 P.M. and you have an 8 A.M. the next day, you may not have time to shower. Personally, I always make sure I am clean, but if I look bad because of this, don't judge! I rarely have time to pick out a cute outfit and do my makeup everyday, and I constantly rub my eyes and yawn because I am so tired.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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