Thursday's Senate Hearing

What You Need to Know About  Senate Hearing regarding Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Balsey Ford

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come face-to-face with his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, during this week's hearing.

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On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an open hearing concerning the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals judge on the DC circuit and President Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

The hearing will be crucial to Kavanaugh's fate, as it will feature testimony from his accuser, a California university professor named Christine Blasey Ford. Last Sunday, Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party while they were both in high school, as reported by The Washington Post. Although Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, newer accusations of sexual misconduct that occurred during his time at Yale have further stoked public mistrust of Kavanaugh.

In Thursday's hearing, a panel of 21 senators will listen to both sides' testimony and decide how this will impact Kavanaugh's nomination. Following the hearing, a confirmation vote scheduled for Friday will determine if Kavanaugh should become a Supreme Court justice.

Though Ford has requested that the committee subpoena the FBI agent who administered her polygraph test, as well as potential witnesses to the assault, Republicans on the committee have denied these requests. On the other side, Kavanaugh will be presenting a calendar from the summer of 1982 in hopes of proving to the committee that he could not have been present during the time of the assault. Any other evidence or testimony is yet to be reported.

Ford's treatment during her testimony, as well as the outcome of the confirmation hearing, will undoubtedly reflect the progression of the #MeToo movement, and determine just how far the nation has come since Anita F. Hill testified before the very same committee in 1991 regarding accusations of sexual misconduct against then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who sits on the Court today. The one-sidedness of Hill's hearing continues to be scrutinized to this day, and whether or not the present judiciary committee, comprised mostly of males, will learn from their predecessors' mistakes remains to be seen.

The outpouring of protest against Kavanaugh, which began almost immediately during the first round of confirmation hearings, underscores his unpopularity with the American people. But until now, his confirmation has been almost a sure bet given the Republican majority in the Senate. In any event, the future of the Supreme Court - one of the nation's most powerful institutions - hangs in the balance.

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

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.

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Seniors,

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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