6 Things That Should Be On Everyone's College Bucket List

6 Things That Should Be On Everyone's College Bucket List

They say you only live once, but you'll also only get to experience being a college student once in your life.

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The 4 years of undergraduate education are deemed to be most formative years for maturity, exploring self-identity, responsibility, as well as living out the capricious, carefree spirit that encapsulates the era of young adulthood.

1. College Diploma

Oh, the quintessential elements of the college experience: managing finances, juggling coursework and employment, the dreaded sleep deprivation, and even the gleaming moments where you find enjoyment in your studies!!! No matter how hard it may seem, the goal of college is to obtain the degree that you are seeking. Yes, life happens, and sometimes it may warrant taking a break from school (perhaps a semester, off?). When you're back is against the wall, and you feel like quitting, remember that you never know what you what you are capable of until you are challenged. Confucius stated that "The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step," Take it a day at a time. Graduation day will be here before you know it!

2. Friendships 

College is an immersion into all the aspects that you will face as an adult. You lived it as a child, so now it's time to thrive as an adult. With the advent of adulthood, you will be forced to interact with others (Mom and Dad can't do all the talking anymore haha.) All jokes aside, you'll meet individuals who share the same major, aspirations, extracurricular commitments, ethnicity, and affiliations. Meeting others who are like yourself can motivate you to explore interests you may not have initially considered, garner new perspectives on other lifestyles/cultures, as well as even humble conceptions you had towards certain classes/ career choices. Hopefully, you develop bonds that lead to life-long friendships. Unfortunately, nothing is permanent in life, and even friendships/relationships can disintegrate; it's not the end of the world. Use it as a learning experience. Accept that friends grow estranged because they gravitate towards different commitments in life.

3. Homecoming/Tailgate

It wouldn't be college without Saturday football and tailgating! (Go Wolves!!!) Homecoming week in one of the biggest, if not the most sought after week of each school year. It's your chance to show out your school spirit and get involved in campus festivities. Make memories that swell your heart with pride for your school! I think every college student should have the chance to attend at least one football game or tailgate to cheer on their team. College football is a unification of the student body, the community, and even the faculty! There will be so many student body activities to participate in, so make it last. College shouldn't be all work and study; build in recreational time for friends and fun.

4. Financial Literacy

By the end of college, you may not be as financially stable as you desire, but you should have an understanding of the principles of budgeting and managing finances. Through your 4 years of undergraduate, you will learn the value of a dollar. If you work a job, you'll most likely be working to pay for the goods that you need to maintain your lifestyle (i.e car, housing, clothing, and food). Bills and tuition must be paid on time. Money must be saved and allocated according to what is a priority in your life.

5. Getaway Trip

Yes! It's been the tried and true plot line of countless movies, but you should definitely seek to go on a trip sometime during college. It can be as long as studying a semester abroad or a spring break road trip with your besties. Newfound independence warrants a heightened sense of autonomy. After getting adjusted to living on your own, without your high school teachers constantly reminding you of your upcoming deadlines or coddling you through the curriculum, you have experienced what it means to have more freedom. Why not use some of that freedom to take a trip with loved ones or immerse yourself into a new country for a semester?

6. Developing a Strong Work Ethic

Through your college experience, it is imperative that you garner skills that will contribute to the development of a strong work ethic. Through your studies, you will tackle time management as well as staying diligent to a study regimen that is essential to success in your courses. Similarly, communication is key. You will soon be networking, seeking letters of recommendations from professors, and establishing your presence in the job field so you need to know how to communicate professionally, effectively, and coherently.

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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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