Every Day Is A New Opportunity

Every Day Is A New Opportunity


College has the opportunity to mold you into who you will be for the rest of your life. It can define what you value, how you define a friend, how you view the world, how you view people in your life. Sure, move-in day and the first new class of a semester might be awkward, but college teaches us how to move past that and make fast friends with Abby, your random roommate, and Hannah in the seat in front of you. In discovering who you are it is important to remember how you got there, and to learn from those around you along the way.

Similar to college, the journey of life encompasses countless lessons. You learn a lot -- supposedly; you sleep little, you fall sometimes -- literally; and, inevitably, you find yourself. Throughout this time, all of our experiences and lessons that are preparing us for the real world can be drawn back to one key point; learning how to deal with other people. However, I challenge you not to settle with dealing with other people, learn from them, inspire them, challenge them and allow them to impact your life in the same capacity. Never underestimate the power you can have in someone’s life; live selflessly and discover yourself along the way. How?

Recognize opportunities.

Everything in life can be seen as opportunity. Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as a good chance for advancement or progress. Overslept for class? What a great opportunity for a quick morning workout sprinting across campus! (But, remember, a queen is never late, everyone else is simply early.)

Give willingly.

There is always something that can be done to make someone else’s life better. Pay for the person’s Starbucks behind you or hold the door open; no matter the size-small acts of giving can change someone’s life. We’re all experiencing the human energy crisis and we’re all broke, but you can’t put a time limit or dollar sign on giving back to others.

Be open.

When you give willingly and recognize it as an opportunity, it will change you. Maybe it’s tomorrow or maybe it was a year ago, at some point you will look back and realize that living selflessly has changed your life. Even if it leads to something not in your original plans: open your heart, let it change you.


Giving is infectious, practice what you preach and you never know who you might reach. Be the person who makes everyone want to make his or her own impact on the world. Who am I kidding -- be Queen B.

Be confident, yet humble.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. Nothing great ever came from someone scared to take the first step, take pride in your efforts, but be sure not to boast. Humility defines about how we tackle or lives and how the rest of the world looks at us.

Be understanding.

You never know what someone else is going through. Just because dude in the red car just cut you off doesn’t mean he wasn’t running late for his first job interview in years or rushing to the hospital for a family member. If not, it wasn’t personal; he didn’t set out today just to tick you off, so just bite the grit and, “Bless his heart.”

Trust more.

Trust yourself and trust others. Everything happens for a reason and everything will work out. Take obstacles in stride and have faith.

Accept critique: at some point in life, your actions and hard work will be noticed. Learn to accept praise and criticism and let it motivate you in the future.

Whatever you do, do it 110% percent.

If you can’t dedicate yourself to something, don’t do it. Accurately determine what that giving your all looks like in your life without being selfish and do it. Giving your all in three areas of your life is more impactful than trying halfway in six.


Do everything with love. Love yourself, love your neighbor and love your enemy. Sometimes easier said than done, but when in doubt… ‘kill ‘em with kindness.’

If we all acknowledged these 10 things into our everyday lives, it would not only change how we view the world around us, but how we are viewed by others. You will be a much happier person by simply recognizing the opportunity in each day and every relationship.

In recognizing opportunity, you will discover the best version of yourself; at that point your potential is limitless.

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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.


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.


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.



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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