The 7 Stages Of Adulting

The 7 Stages Of Adulting

Oh boy here we go.

Adulting is inevitable; however, we all seem to rush it until we get to it. Once we get there we throw our hands up and we're like woo wait a minute I didn't mean it! I totally take it back I'm not ready to be an adult yet look at me. We all go through stages of adulting, we start off super excited for the future and what is to come with becoming an adult. Then were like oh jeez so this is really happening. Then we fall into the stage of this really is not funny anymore. This must be a joke...

1. Woo! I'm an adult exciting!

I can do whatever I please now since I'm an adult! There's no more school unless I chose I want to go back. I get to work every day doing what I love to do. I can move out into my own place and decorate it however I want to.

2. Oh God, I'm an adult now, shit!

So some of us think we are ready to be adults and some of us don't when we are leaving college, even though technically we all are already adults due to being over the age of eighteen. You might have thought you were ready, but once it actually hits you that you are a real adult it can be a little scary.

3. Really this isn't funny anymore.

I just want to be a kid! Please let me be a kid again. I swear this isn't funny anymore. I want to go back to when life was easy and we had no worries. I take it back I don't ever want to be an adult! Quoted from one of my friends, "Can I just go back to elementary school please?".

4. Alright so I'm an adult I can handle this.

Okay, so this is not too bad. I can do this, I can handle this. Not too bad at all working a full-time job five days a week, weekends off, that's definitely a plus. I can go to the gym every day after work I won't be tired, I'll get a burst of energy. Maybe watch some Netflix, go out to eat for lunch or dinner, see some friends. Yea okay.

5. So adulting is harder than it looks.

You mean I won't see my friends that much anymore? As a teenager being an adult looked so cool. They can do whatever they want whenever they want. Ha! Lies. You mean you can work five days a week and if you're lucky you have the weekends completely off. You mean I actually have to pay bills now too??

6. We'll now I'm definitely an adult now.

So this is serious huh? I really am an adult now. There's really no going back? Well damn, this sucks.

7. Woo! Adulting.

I'm waving the white flag. I'm in defeat to adulting. I'm an adult...yay...

P.S. there are definitely perks to adulting. Such as moving out, having a steady job, no more school, getting your own pet, and finally starting your life. So good luck, get out there and make us proud. Be the best adult you can be!

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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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