7 Truths Of Dating A Pre-Health Student

7 Truths Of Dating A Pre-Health Student

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Dating in college is a hassle. Either your schedules never seem to match up for going out or one of you is swamped with work. Regardless, dating for anyone in college can be overwhelming, but dating someone in a pre-health major is ridiculous. These majors include (but are not limited to) nursing, pre-med, athletic training, chemistry, biology, organics, etc. The list is long and exhausting; however, it's also one of the most rewarding. Basically, I work my butt off just so I can save yours one day. That's epic.

Here are some signs or perhaps things to keep in mind when trying to get involved with anyone in a pre-health major:


1. The Scheduling

I admit I have struggled with this before. Trying to pencil someone in to see them because you have classes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. most days, shadowing/internships on the other days, and work on the weekends is difficult. Trying to see someone in college is normally pretty easy, but not for pre-health majors. Most of our time is dedicated to school or work and if we aren't doing one or the other, we're probably taking a quick 20-minute nap before it's back to the drawing board.


2. Party Animals Won't Survive

I remember last semester believing I could handle going out and not getting home until 3 or 4 a.m. and having an exam at 9 a.m. afterward. It's safe to say I could've done better in my classes with altering which nights I went out. If you can't handle that the person you're dating goes to bed when the sun sets, you won't survive in this type of relationship. Pre-health majors typically try to make it to bed as early as possible (if the studying and homework are complete) as they wake up before the sun rises.


3. Studying > Anything

Studying comes before all, including you. While you want to be the one your significant other spends most of their time with, you won't be. Surely we'd love nothing more than to watch TV or go bowling with some friends, but that isn't always possible. Acceptance into graduate schools is highly based on our grades and clinical practice. Don't be upset when the majority of their time would rather be spent watching over the sick or injured.


4. Don't Touch The Planner

It's the most sacred book possible to anyone in a pre-health major. Don't touch it. Don't even look at it. I keep a planner with me everywhere I go, including the one in my phone as well as my notebook. Staying organized and on top of dates and deadlines is how we survive in these majors. This book means more than you know and you don't want to see what would happen if we were to lose it. Don't fuss at your significant other when they panic as they think they've lost their entire world.


5. You're There For Practice

You're the toy we get to poke with fake needles or stethoscopes. When they ask to listen to your heart rate or monitor your blood pressure, don't be skeptical. While dating someone in the health professions, it's no shock that you will be used as their test dummy.


6. You Are Not The Sun

Their life will not revolve around you. Do not ask them to choose between you and school, as their major will win. Every. Single. Time. But this in no way means they should ignore your dreams and aspirations. You both are in a relationship to help one another prosper. You're the backbone for when they need a sturdy wall to perch on.


7. Be The Cheerleader

Support them. Encourage them. While we are out there getting our rumps handed to us on a silver platter because we can't spot the difference between the left and right humerus, we need your help. As you hype us up, we'll do the same. Relationships that prosper together, win together. You don't give up on them when it gets tough, you push them closer to their goals.


So enjoy the time you have together, even if it just involves you both passed out trying to get a quick cat nap in. Dating in college is no joke. It's a true commitment to want to see that person and make time for them. Don't be upset that they haven't answered your text in the past couple hours--they're probably studying or in class. Though it may seem ridiculous that your dates are sometimes heading to Stroz together to get some homework done or a late night coffee run when you both need to wake up, it's the thought that counts. It's the little things in these relationships that mean everything.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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