Advice For The Class of 2018 From The Class of 2017

Advice For The Class of 2018 From The Class of 2017

11. “Go to class. Boom best advice there is.”

As my freshman year of college is coming to an end, I can't help but reflect from how far I've come since graduation. Or even with that, how far my peers from high school have come since we walked across the stage to receive our diplomas at commencement. Each time I go home, I love hearing about my friend's college experiences thus far.

With that, over the past couple of weeks, I have gone around asking my former classmates of the biggest obstacle they have had to overcome their freshman year. Going from high school to college is a huge adjustment and you never really know what to expect when you get here.

Nobody is going to be fully prepared for college, but it does help getting some actual insight rather than from people who haven't been to college since the 80s.

1. “Everything will work out. No matter what troubles I went through this first year of college, all the stress I was under, I learned that it all worked out in the end."

2. “Before I came to college I have to say I was a bit shy but like college has definitely bought out a different side of me.“

3. "Not everyone is going to like you."

4. “I would say to not be afraid to not take the traditional college approach. Make it work for you and continue to always do what you believe to be best for yourself.”

5. “You definitely need to take breaks in college. sometimes it gets rough and you need to de-stress.”

6. “Also shit happens, papers due at 11:59 and your computer shuts down or you simply cant turn in an assignment you gotta just keep pushing.”

7. “You grow a lot as you get older, but some people don’t grow with you, and that’s okay.”

8. “You will find your place. If you feel like you won’t make any friends, don’t worry! You will finally find a group of people that you will instantly click with. In high school, you’re lumped together with a bunch of people that you are sort of forced to be around throughout the years. In college, you have the opportunity to find your own place and feel a true sense of belonging, forming a tight-knit family. I wouldn’t trade my college family for the world.“

9. “The biggest lesson I learned is to love myself, but that’s corny lol.“

10. “Go to class. Boom best advice there is.”

11. “All the bullshit in high school doesn’t matter in college.”

I didn't care in high school, so why would I even care now?

12. “To even out my schedule a bit more. There are days where I have 4-5 classes and I don’t have time to work, and then there are days where I only have one or two classes and I work 7 hours a day, and I kinda regret my decision since I overworked myself.”

13. “The most important lesson I learned is always ask for help! No matter who it is or what the situation you are having. College is a fun and such bittersweet moment but it’s a major change and it can be very stressful at times. Asking for help for even the slightest problems helped me, because I am now becoming the person I love!"

14. "It's okay to transfer because I was worried about it at first but if it's something you have to do then so be it."

Sure, others might state their opinion just because of the stigma that comes with transferring. Honestly, who really cares what others have to say about what you're doing with your life to get the most out of it? All the matters is that you're doing what makes you the happiest.

15. "Don't feel so pressured to have a set major because, who knows, you might change your mind or find some other field you like."

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

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.


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.


The nursing student with just one year left.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.


As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve


My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes


Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life


It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise


My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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