I Am A Starving Artist And I'm Proud

I Am A Starving Artist And I'm Proud

An article in defense of all the artists who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of beauty and truth.
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I am from a small town in Southwest Oklahoma.

So, in essence, I am from a part of this country where football is as important as going to church on Sunday. I've never been one for sports. I spent my childhood hiding in the back of the classroom too scared to raise my hand for fear of people looking at me.

When I was in junior high, I decided to take drama as my elective for some reason I can't even explain to this day. I fell in love immediately. I found that I loved to talk in front of people; I loved to perform. When I got to high school, competitive theatre became my way of life. It's what I dedicated all of my free time to.

I spend a majority of my high school career frustrated as I realized people didn't care nearly as much about the "theatre geeks," "band nerds," and "art kids" as they did football players, wrestlers, and basketball stars. When something had to be cut from the school budget, art was one of the first to go.

Theatre, communications, and creative writing were all gone in my town by the time I graduated. We have no community theatre. All I knew when I came to college was that I wanted to be an actress and how soon I realized I didn't know anything when I got here.

I became an orientation leader at my University this last summer and I was in charge of all of the incoming theatre/dance/music majors both performance and education. It hurt me to hear in every single session at least one of my students had a story of how their school was de-funding, downsizing, or getting rid of theatre and music programs altogether.

I have seen what art can do for someone. Kids, who would never speak a word, gradually became chatty and smiled more. Theatre was my escape. It was (and still is) the way I express myself. How beautiful it is to expand one's creativity and learn what it is to completely throw yourself into something. So many employers are looking for students with liberal arts degrees because of the creativity and critical thinking they can bring to the professional work field.

Everything we do, look at, and enjoy is the product of art. Every poster, CD, CD cover, magazine, book, movie, song, the laptop you look at is a result of an artist. How have we forgotten how important that is? I implore you, the next time you're ready to disregard "the starving artist" think of your favorite song, book, piece of art, etc. and thank them instead. They've poured everything they have to make what you love possible.

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17 Things Only Nursing Students Would Understand

Hoo boy.

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Nursing students everywhere have all similar struggles and can all come to an equal understanding when it comes to school. Many things come right to mind when I think of how much my life has changed since I made the decision to study nursing.

I have gave up a lot just to allow myself to go through this schooling but it was all proven to be worth it. If you are a nursing student I can almost guarantee all of these will spark an insight into what it is like.

1. Coffee is our water

It should seriously be "Nurses run on Dunkin" because the hours spent studying, waking up at the crack of dawn for clinical, the lack of sleep, the amount of school work, etc. would not at all be possible without the energy that coffee gives us.

2. Broke is an understatement

Who can work when you have probably more than one nursing exam, 2 care plans due on two different patients, clinical paperwork, ATI's, homework, etc? Squeezing in time to work is seriously a hard task and so money is often sparse and being a broke college student becomes an understatement.

3. College students go out every weekend?

Of course nursing students do get to go out from time to time, but the whole "I am a college student and go out 4 days a week" is not a thing to us. We know the struggles of having time to go out but realizing we have to do an assignment a week ahead of time because we know about how much we will be slammed with during the week. There is no such thing as free time when you are a nursing student. More like a study party. And when we do go out after a while, it is a complete and utter disaster.

4. Chose the answer that is most correct

Nursing students know the real struggle of narrowing down a test question to two answers because of all the 4 answers on a test question they are all correct; except you have to chose the answer that is MOST correct. It is not just a regular test where there is a right answer. You are ALWAYS right but it's not always the best answer.

5. Don't forget, select all that apply

This "select all that apply" is 10x worse than choosing the answer that is most correct. It doesn't matter if you have 2 of the 3 answers that are correct, you still get the entire question wrong. Not to mention, almost every single question on our licensing exam is select all that apply. If you think these are easy, you are simply not human.

6. Mental breakdowns and saying "I'm changing majors"

The daily to weekly mental breakdowns of hysterical crying and anxiety attacks because all of the things expected of us just do not seem possible. It's okay to admit that you have said several times that you wanted to change your major because of how difficult it is to keep up and pass. You manage to get through it though with hard work and dedication.

7. Saying goodbye to straight A's

Although you may have had straight A's in high school, say goodbye to that 4.0 GPA you were hoping for. You envy college students that have straight A's but you also don't realize that they also don't study nursing. We tend to be so hard on ourselves for not getting perfect grades but we truly don't get ourselves enough credit for just passing (which may I mention is about an 80 to even pass a class).

8. Dreading writing care plans (Rn Dx, Related To, As Evidenced By)

You think nursing students just go to clinical to learn how to care for patients to learn? WRONG. SO WRONG. We spend HOURS after clinical making care plans, reflections, SBAR assignments, etc. to hand in to our clinical professor on time on top of all the other class work we have to do for our other nursing classes.

9. What is sleep?


Have a test tomorrow? Who cares if you studied a week in advance, you know for sure you will be up the whole night up until the test is that morning. Have homework due in class? You know you will be up well past 3 in the morning finishing it.

10. Not yet a nurse, but friends and family sure as hell think you are

When friends or family talk about a possible medical condition and ask you to help them, you always have to remind them that you are not yet a nurse. Yet, they still want your opinion even though you have no idea if you are right or wrong. Nursing students are always receiving texts and calls from their friends that are being hypochondriacs or are sick.

11. More reading to do than reading the bible 7 times

There is no such thing as "finishing all of your reading." Teachers assign 4 chapter readings, let me remind you. One chapter is at least 50 pages of text book readings. Also, don't forget you have to outline all this reading because you know you are guaranteed to forget over half the stuff you have read.

12. Friends from nursing school are different from the rest

You can have all the best friends in the world but nothing compares to your nursing friends. They understand EVERYTHING you are going through. They know the struggle, the hardships, and the amount of stress each of you are under. I don't think it is possible to survive nursing school without them (shout out to Alexis and Jenna). They are there through every failure and every success.

13. Getting used to waking up while it's still dark for clinical

Every nursing student knows this struggle for sure and we might as well get used to it.

14. You hate bodily fluids? Might as well change your major

Nursing majors care and love more for other people that they are willing to clean up every single type of bodily fluid possible no matter what the situation. We are experts at wiping butt if you like it or not.

15. But...No matter what there is no other life we would chose

Nursing is not a career, it is a calling. It is the most amazing thing in this world there is to do. A nurse cares for someone else so much more than they do for themselves, and they don't even have to know the person. All the sweat, tears, blood, etc. are all worth it to us. "The best way to find yourself is in the service of others."

16. There is NO such thing as 'syllabus week'

Doesn't matter if your first class of the semester is one hour or if it is three hours there is never just a syllabus week. You are always staying the whole class and you are always beginning material.

17. Every week is finals week

Every week feels like finals week. The amount of stress and work due each week is overwhelming. But somehow we manage to get it done.

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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"

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When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

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"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

"No. Just the Broncs."

2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

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Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

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But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

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There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school

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