2018 Goals For Every College Senior

2018 Goals For Every College Senior

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How the hell did I make it this far?

I can't believe I'm finally graduating this year along with many other awesome people. While it's exciting to think about May, I gotta set some ground rules and goals to not fuck up this last semester.

Here are some real fucking goals that every senior should consider in 2018:

1. Start waking up everyday consistently early.

If you're like me, you haven't adapted to this yet. Most of my friends choose to take 8ams, heck even 10ams. I put off morning classes last semester because I knew I wasn't going to get my shit together ending 2017. This semester, you best believe I'm going to try waking up everyday at 8am! It will make me tired by 10pm and have a normal sleep schedule. I can get used to waking up early for a job (if I land one right after graduation). It'll also help me stop buying things online when I'm bored and can't sleep at night.

2. Stop eating past 9:30pm.

There's gotta be a way to be healthier for the lazy girls. And this is what I think can start my journey to eating less. If I stop eating past 9:30pm, I won't get energy in staying up with foods, and also won't get fatter. It just seems like a healthy alternative that we should all begin making a habit of.

3. Save your money.

You are broke right now, so what makes you think you won't be broke once schools done? Your parents will certainly not be happy supporting you AFTER college. You supposed to get a job by then, honey. Don't be broke living paycheck to paycheck. It's just stressful. Use this semester to buckle the fuck down and take it slow. Enjoy being a college student while it lasts. You don't need those $55 destroyed skinny jeans.

4. Finish projects you've started but never gave 100% effort in.

If you have any projects you've left unfinished, like starting a business idea or going to grad school, or if you're like me, planning to teach english as a second language in South Korea, get serious. Start being obsessed with getting these tasks done before you are way too involved in getting all your school projects done by the end of the semester. Better to start the year off right and productive rather than ending it like last year, half-finished and half-assed.

5. Declutter your old shit.

You don't need that crop top and Hollister denim shorts after graduation. I, myself, have realized I have been hoarding so much makeup and shoes that I don't even use more than twice. Declutter/sell off your stuff. You don't wanna keep hauling shit you don't actually like making space for, and it just feels better to keep the quality things that you enjoy having. Time to transition from young adult to adult and get rid of all the college crap you shouldn't keep.

6. Realize who the people you spent your college years with are and if they are worth keeping as friends post graduation.

Let's face it. Once you're done with college, it will be much harder to make friends your age unless you've kept in touch with your best friends from college. I guess that's why people older than us are are all over online dating sites. Don't just think that once college is over, your friendships are over. That's not what friendship means. That's literally throwing your hard earned relationships away and who's to say you won't have better memories after graduation? These are the people that helped you figure out who you are. Not your high school friends. You were finally growing up in college and now you're an adult. Keep in touch with these people.



Good luck to all the graduating seniors this year. You got this!

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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

The nursing student with just one year left.

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Why Are We In School Again?

This time of the semester makes you question soooo many things... like is it all worth it?

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If you are like me, then you have pulled out your hair multiple times in the past two weeks or so, have stared at your laptop screen multiple times throughout the night with saliva dripping out of your mouth, and coffee just can't seem to make you do that one assignment that is so forsakenly stupid so you're seriously adding up numbers to determine how bad a big ol' goose egg would effect your grade.

Maybe it's because this is my next to last semester? Maybe it's because it's Spring and I just wanna go swim, or take my family to the zoo, or go mow, or go play sports, or go Turkey Hunting (this weekend!), or anything else besides this dredge.

With all that being said and complained, sometimes I need to retell myself why I'm doing something. Nothing is better than a good pep-talk for yourself. We tear ourselves down enough, might as well build ourselves up sometimes right?

I was talking with my FIL that other day about college, and how I feel that our generation has made college a MANDATORY goal or step in life. He owns several of his own businesses and is quite successful, all without a college degree. We both agreed that it depends on the individual and their personal goals. College has it's pros, but it can definitely have its cons. Truth be told, it's not the be all and end all that everyone has made it out to be. Not by a long shot, because some of the best teachers aren't in college. Things like experience, failure, success, etc.

I know, this seems like quite the pep talk already. I'm already struggling with college, but now I'm making it seem more unnecessary? Well, not exactly.

See, for me, college was mandatory. I wanted to be a teacher, and I wanted to learn more about the Bible and working as a Pastor. Sure, experience has taught and will teach me so much more. But, I'm so thankful I've busted my butt for this simple foundation to build off of.

I am loathing school right now. But I can see the end of the tunnel. And I now that I am here right now because I'm building the slab for the building that will be built on top of it. Not exactly flowers and rainbows, but it's something. And it's personal to me.

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