An Ode To My Procrastination

An Ode To My Procrastination

My constant companion.

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My beloved, procrastination

Your ever enchanting chorus of

there's always tomorrow

delightfully haunts my brain.

My dear, procrastination

Your lullabies of sweet nothing invade my ears

as your sounds entrance I begin to forget

and slowly everything of importance will vanish.

My darling, procrastination

Your siren song traps me in a never ending cycle

as your lovely arms wrap around my neck

and welcome me to bed at four o'clock in the afternoon.

My sweet, procrastination

I find you lurking in one too many seasons of a show

as my eyes become red and shadows sink in

and honestly our relationship is getting rather dull.

I fear you have taken a liking to my depression

and I am not sure how to rid you from my home

You have buried yourself deep into my heart

but please, Procrastination you must go.

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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.

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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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Finals Season Told by 'How I Met Your Mother'

Since that's what I've been watching instead of studying.

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For people who are not in college, the spring season brings a plethora of wonderful things to look forward to: blooming flowers, warmer weather, the prospect of summer coming next. However, for students, the months of April and May are purely defined by one terrifying concept: finals.

Instead of actually studying for my exams, I've been binge watching old television shows to distract myself from my impending doom. Of course, classics like "How I Met Your Mother" always have a ton of relatable content that can be applied to the lives of young adults, but I've discovered that some its best quotes are actually relevant the common struggles we all face during finals seasons.

Thinking About Taking Your Upcoming Finals

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It may seem dramatic, but we know it's true.

When You Take That First Glance At Your Study Guide

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Whether it's an online guide you made, flashcards, or a Quizlet you snagged, it all hurts the same.

Regretting All Those Nights You Went Out Instead of Getting Ahead On Studying

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Should have skipped the party instead of skipping the first four chapters of the textbook.

When Your Professor Won't Raise Your 67 To A 93

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How dare they?

When Everyone Ghosts You For that 'Study Group Session'

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Even though we all know "study group sessions" are never nearly as productive as we think they will be.

When People In Your Class Ask If You've Started Studying

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Honesty is the best policy, after all.

Stress Eating In The Library At Two In The Morning

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Nothing tastes better than that bag of potato chips you've been saving for this very moment.

Trying to Cram All The Information From One Semester Into A Single Study Guide

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A better challenge: cram all the information into a single study guide the day before your exam.

When The Professor Gives You a Review Session During Class

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Sometimes, I can't even pretend I'm interested.

When You Realize You Haven't Had Any Social Interaction For Days

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The library can be a lonely place.

Your Reaction After You Read The First Question On The Exam

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You knew you should have gone back and reviewed that one section, but you were sure it wouldn't come up.

Leaving Your Exam Room After You Ace That Final 

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Until your next exam, of course. But we'll ignore that for now.

Go crush those finals. High-five!

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