10 Things You Can Do Now That The Semester Is Officially Over

10 Things You Can Do Now That The Semester Is Officially Over

Your go-to end of semester to-do list.

The fall term has finally come to an end. Along with the death of many New Year's resolutions. But hey! No more classes! (Unless of course you are taking winter classes. *whispers* I'm sorry this article was not intended to hurt you.)

1. You Have No Idea What To Do With All The Free Time

So you're a free bird. For now. No more 8 a.m. classes. No more tests. No more sitting next to obnoxious know-it-alls. What do you do with all that free time? You plan to make plans to make plans.

2. You Don't Even Need To Know What Day/Date It Is Anymore

Honestly. It doesn't even matter anymore. The day "Monday" is meaningless. You're fearless. Every day is Friday.

3. You Can Finally Sleep Without A Guilty Conscience

Yeah. For real. Without setting alarms back to back for 7 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 7:20 a.m...Get the picture? You can finally get your full rest until the end of January. Then it's back to the grind.

4. You Are Also Getting Prepared to Get These Calls From The Bursar's Office

Um. Yes. I'm still recovering from the hole in my bank account from the previous semester. Can I get a break? Bursar: "No. You may not get a break. Pay up. Or else..."

5. You Can Make A Dent In Your "To Be Read Pile"

You don't have to worry about your sci-fi series distracting you from Physics anymore. You can read conspiracy theories without worrying about mixing up the concepts with Quantum Physics.

6. You Can Finally Binge Watch Your Favorite Series

You were already doing that...weren't you? Well, carry on. The season won't finish itself.

7. You Can Enjoy The Sun

Please. Get up. Move those curtains aside. And let the sun in! Better yet, go outside!

8. You Can Spend Quality Time With Your Family and Friends

I swear I wasn't leaving you on seen. I was just busy. Procrastinating. Complaining. Crying. What's that? Errr...I mean doing work! Yeah, that's precisely what I was doing.

9. You Can Get Into The Holiday Spirit!

No no. That is not the right shade of red or green for the festive season. You can now focus on those minute details.

10. You Can Prepare For The Spring Semester

Last but not least...you finally realize that the semester is about to start. I mean isn't that all after Christmas and New Year's. And yes, you can add new resolutions to that list to have a *cough* successful year. This time you'll be more productive.

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.

I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing Is Different Than Any Other Major

1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.

4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.

5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.

6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.

7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.

8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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For Students With Disabilities, Attendance Policies Do More Harm Than Good

I ask that colleges to find a way to motivate student's that doesn't unfairly criticize students with disabilities.


Most college students have encountered an attendance policy at some point during their career as a college student. The concept is usually something like this: miss two days in the quarter or semester and you will be fine, but for every absence after that, your grade will drop, until you hit a certain number of absences and fail out of the class.

I understand and hopefully, most of us understand the importance of good attendance in a school setting, especially when it comes to college. However, that being said... attendance policies are extremely unfair to those students with health issues or disabilities.

Sometimes, two days is not even enough for a severe bout of the common cold or flu, let alone something more serious or something chronic.

Anytime a Professor talks about their ability to accommodate people with disabilities, but then immediately jumps into their "no late work" and aggressive attendance policies, at least one student in the classroom is alienated, if not more. No late work? Well, that immediately gives trouble to any student dealing with something that would make them work slower than the "average" student. For example, ADHD, or perhaps a chronic pain disorder.

While professors are most often more than willing to work with an individual, it gets tiring for someone who already has a health issue to continually have to bear the load of that burden.

Again, I like to think we all understand the importance of going to class in college. But hopefully, all of the students in classrooms in college are there because they want to learn not because they are forced to go, like students in primary and secondary public education.

Going to class is oftentimes how the information is transmitted from student to professor, through discussion, not just via the textbook.

But there has to be a different solution rather than threatening students with lifelong physical and mental disabilities with failure if they can't keep the same pace as the rest of their classmates. It isn't fair to those with CFS which affects up to 2.5 million Americans who might struggle just to get out of bed in the morning for their classes, no matter how much they want to study and learn. It isn't fair to those who have a chronic pain condition, be it endometriosis or an IBD, among so many others, who certainly do not want to be spending their time doubled over in pain on their bedroom floor instead of in class.

Trust me, when I was forced to sit down on my floor because it was a struggle to stand up, I wasn't happy about missing class. I was frustrated because I am a good student, but it felt like someone had glued weights to my eyelashes. Or when I didn't move out of bed because I was in pain, it wasn't because I didn't want to be learning.

I have shed hundreds of tears over classes I've missed because it wasn't physically possible for me to go, but I wanted to be like everyone else.

Those with disabilities aren't staying home to enjoy themselves, they're staying home because they have a chronic health issue and attendance policies unfairly judge them and ask them to perform at a similar capacity as someone without those disabilities.

Attendance policies were created to keep students going to class, but I ask that colleges (and even public schools) to find a way to motivate student's that doesn't unfairly criticize students with disabilities.

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