Here's To Your Last Semester, Seniors

Here's To Your Last Semester, Seniors

Take this last semester with a grain of salt. Focus on what you want to do


It's January and while some people are working on their New Year's Resolution, others are focused on more pressing matters. Some can include the government shutdown, family matters or businesses doing poorly in the market. Then there likes the matter with students. January is a time for students to return from break and start the second half of the year. January from May seems like such a long journey but in reality, it isn't. Sometimes it feels like a blink of the eye and it is summer. We want to accept so much that before we accomplish most of the checklist, we could be halfway done with the test.

When we first start college there seems to be a lifetime between the beginning and ending college. We choose to focus on several things but sometimes forget about the important ones. Over winter break my brother told me to write down the most important things I wanted to accomplish in my last semester of college and it got me thinking. I want to remember the moments and spend any time I have available with my friends. I don't want to stress or focus on something that isn't vital to me but rather I want to enjoy myself.

I don't know how other seniors might be handling their last semester but I know that if one senior can provide advice to another then maybe that can inspire others as well.

Dear college senior soon to be grad,

You made it. You are so close to completing your education journey (unless you want to go to graduate school) and you have grown, matured and learned along the way. There are so many people who helped bring you here and it is important to remember the sacrifices they went through to support you in college. This is the first point of this letter: Always remember the people who got you here. Family, friends, and teachers are people who laid everything on the line for you to succeed and you would not be here without them. Your parents and siblings were instrumental but be sure to think about your grandparents and that teacher who never gave up on you. In your last semester think about how you got here and the people who helped. Their impact is lasting and that can inspire you onward.

Don't stress over the little things

There are going to be things that might attempt to derail you in your last semester but don't let that get under your skin. It is your last semester and there are going to be things that will bug you but we just have to move on.

You don't need to find a boyfriend or girlfriend this semester

A Lot of my articles have focused on the significance of Independence and why you might not need a significant other. I know people talk about how they find their husband or wife in college but that shouldn't be on your mind. If you focus only on finding a girl or boyfriend then you'll miss out on a lot. Instead of focusing on a romantic relationship think about friendships. Preserve your friendships and reinforce them. Maybe a relationship can come out of that.

Have fun with your friends

I know it can be difficult to make time with your friends due to school, work or looking for a job but remember to find time for fun. Your friends in college have become your support system and spending any time you have with them will remind you how thankful you are for them. These are the friends who will be at your wedding and the people who know you as well you know yourself. Find time for them because you will miss them and they will miss you.

It must have been a great four-plus years for you in college. However, this isn't goodbye. The experiences you create in college will follow you in life and you have connections that will remain with you. I can understand being sad and nervous about college ending but it is important to keep moving forward. College helped mold you into a different person and now it is time for that person to change the world.

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To The Defeated Nursing Major, You'll Rise

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You will have weeks when you are defeated. Some mornings you won't be able to get out of bed and some days you won't be able to stop crying enough to go to class. You'll feel like nobody understands the stress that you are under, and you have absolutely nobody to talk to because they either don't get it or are dealing with their own meltdowns. There will be weeks that you want to change your major and give up on the whole thing. But, you'll rise.
You will miss football games, concerts, and nights out with the girls. There will be stretches of two or more weeks you'll go without seeing your mom, and months where you have to cancel on your best friend 4+ times because you have too much studying to do. There will be times where no amount of "I'm sorry" can make it up to your little brother when you miss his big football game or your grandparents when you haven't seen them in months. But, you'll rise.

You will have patients who tell you how little they respect nurses and that you won't be able to please no matter how hard you try. You will have professors who seem like their goal is to break you, especially on your bad days. You will encounter doctors who make you feel like the most insignificant person on the planet. You will leave class some days, put your head against your steering wheel and cry until it seems like there's nothing left to cry out. But, you'll rise.

You will fail tests that you studied so hard for, and you will wing some tests because you worked too late the night before. You will watch some of the smartest people you've ever known fail out because they simply aren't good test-takers. You will watch helplessly as your best friend falls apart because of a bad test grade and know that there is absolutely nothing you can do for her. There will be weeks that you just can't crack a smile no matter how hard you try. But, you'll rise.

You'll rise because you have to — because you've spent entirely too much money and effort to give up that easily. You'll rise because you don't want to let your family down. You'll rise because you're too far in to stop now. You'll rise because the only other option is failing, and we all know that nurses do not give up.

You'll rise because you remember how badly you wanted this, just three years ago as you were graduating high school, with your whole world ahead of you. You'll rise because you know there are people that would do anything to be in your position.

You'll rise because you'll have one patient during your darkest week that'll change everything — that'll hug you and remind you exactly why you're doing this, why this is the only thing you can picture yourself doing for the rest of your life.

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You'll rise because you have compassion, you are selfless, and you are strong. You'll rise because even during the darkest weeks, you have the constant reminder that you will be changing the world someday.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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