6 Things You Understand If You're The Only Person From Your High School at Your College

6 Things You Know When You Go To College With No One From High School

*Calls best friend four times in the same day*


It's that time of year: we've all packed up and moved into a matchbox of a room (or an apartment if you're really lucky), said goodbyes to our parents, and enjoyed the multitudes of free everything during welcome week. Coming to the University of Cincinnati, I knew there wasn't anyone else from my high school that goes here. Our town is pretty small, and we're close enough to Columbus that a lot of people go to Ohio State or one of their branch campus. These are a few of the things I've discovered about being the only person from my hometown at a large school, in the whole whopping two weeks I've been on campus.

1. When you're alone, you're REALLY alone

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My roommate is from the Cleveland area, so she lives even further away from home, but she knows at least a dozen kids from her high school here, and she's run into a few of them already when we've been walking around campus. If I'm not hanging out with band kids, I usually just sit in my room because I don't know anyone else from here right now.

2. You spend a lot of time with your roommate.

I lucked out in making an awesome friend when I selected my roommate after we connected on Facebook, and because of that, we tend to spend most of our time together if we can, even if it's just grabbing a quick lunch on our way to separate places.

3. It sort of feels like kindergarten all over again.

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You're alone without your parents, you don't know anyone, and you have scheduled nap times? The similarities are a little disturbing. As someone who is very introverted, I struggle anyways to meet new people if I don't know that we have a common interest, therefore, a lot of times I'll just sit awkwardly by myself with some coffee and my earbuds in.

4. You call home a lot.

I've called my mom and friends more in the past two weeks than I have in the many years I've had a cell phone.

5. The homesickness is real.

Watching people who at least know each other from high school makes me miss living in a small town, where you knew just about everyone in your grade at the very least. In high school, I'd grown up with the same group of friends since middle school at the very least. Going somewhere far enough away that people can't randomly visit on a whim can feel a bit isolating, even with a large student population.

6. You really do get a fresh start in college.

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Moving to a school where no one knows me, I almost get a clean slate. I can be someone else from the person I've been for the past 18 years and here, no one would know the difference. Having to start all over is exhausting and lonely at times, but I know I will make lots of memories from it.

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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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Only young millennials and Gen Z will know


Being a young adult in 2019 is full of a lot of random stuff that our parents and grandparents didn't have. We have more opportunities, different lifestyles, and just really weird stuff we didn't normal.

1. Our obsession with avocados

A super food with a huge place in our hearts.

2. College debt

An actual representation of me giving colleges my money, with no questions asked.

3. Buying jeans with wholes in them.


4. Memes

The hero we needed, but don't deserve

5. Gifs

A sort of sibling to the meme, but powerful in its own right.

6. Spending five dollars on coffee

Not a want, but a need

7. YouTube/Instagram influencers

They make the world go round.

8. Mason jars as cups, decorations basically anything that isn’t for their intended purpose.

So versatile

9. Our love of succulents

Why have kids when you could have ten cute succulents that don't talk back.

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Besides have like no actual financial stability, we prefer to live less conventional lives than our predecessors.

11. Our imminent downfall as a society

We never grew up in a time of prosperity, and also know the earth may be dying unless we make a significant change to how we treat it. I guess that’s what happens after we treat it like shit.

12. Being non-binary or gender fluid

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