Thank You, 2017

Thank You, 2017

This year is definitely one I will remember with great fondness.
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2017 was an interesting year for me. I feel like I have learned more about myself this year than in any other year. And I say that because I feel like I got real with myself this year. I spent a lot of time analyzing my emotions and looking into why I act the way I do. I started to work on myself and be better within the relationships I hold. I started to look at the friendships I have and began to appreciate the impact that they have on my life.

I realized this year that I don’t want to go into medicine, after all. I realized that standing up for what I want my life to look like is more important than just going through the motions. I realized that money is an important aspect of our world and that the way it consumes people’s identity and self-worth is something I never want to happen to me. I began to understand that my desire to be married and have children one day stems from my parent’s inability to relate to their children on an emotional level.

I started to realize that I am often a better friend than I am a girlfriend. I discovered that a lot of my issues within my own relationship comes from the fact that my parents had a less than ideal marriage. I have started to piece together that long distance relationships are not cut out for the less committed. I have solidified the notion that dance will always be my passion.

I could go on and on because what I have learned this year stems from almost all the different facets of my life from education to relationships to mental health to family to insecurities, etc. Someone once told me that a smart person knows what to say, but a wise person knows when to say it. This quote, to me, means it’s not about going on and on about what I have taken from this year, but instead knowing when to use the different lessons from 2017 in my life moving forward.

There are so many things I want to do and experience in 2018 and I know that 2018 will be nothing short of eventful. With that being said, I write this article as a way to remind myself that I am still a work in progress and as much as I have taken away from this year, I still have so much more to learn and to grow from next year. Thank you, 2017, for all you have given me, this year is definitely one I will remember with great fondness. Hello, 2018!

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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