For Money or Passion?

For Money or Passion?

Do we follow the status quo or do we venture off and follow our hearts...
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For the last two years, I've been getting criticized for choosing to major in Mass Communications. "There's no money in that!" "That major is so easy, I'm sure." "You're going to be poor and struggling." Pause, with the way the world is going today, we're all going to be poor and struggling with our current economy. But I digress. Money or passion? That's the question.

In the mind of a high school senior, "should I be an engineer or a cosmetologist?" A teacher or an artist? A computer scientist or a dancer? Engineers, teachers, and computer scientists are presumed to make the most money in our country today. But in our generation, our burning passions are in dancing, creating art, doing hair, writing and reporting, etc. The things that are presumed a "waste of money." A waste of a major, an easy major, and the opposite of money makers.

My major is Mass Communications with a minor in Spanish. Mass Communications involves writing, reporting, publishing, editing, public relations, marketing, advertising, the list goes on. However, I'm still looked down on for choosing passion over money. Little do they know, depending on the job I end up having, I'll get to experience both passion and money.

In the eyes of parents paying for their child's collegiate career, they feel that choosing passion over money is not the future they want for their child. But honestly, most of us are trying to live the best of both worlds but primarily choosing passion. A lot of us don't want to be in a job a few years down the road loathing waking up in the mornings, staring at the clock all day waiting for lunch time and longing for quitting time. We want to work with people we have things in common with, people we can talk to and hang out with outside of work. We may not have our futures paved out to a T but we know what we want to have.

I chose passion because I've been writing forever, I love spilling my thoughts out on paper and letting my fingers do the talking for me. I love surrounding myself with people who are like-minded but are also unique in their writing. I love learning from other writers in ways that'll help me to become a better writer. It's passion I chose and I have no regrets.

Some may do it for the money, others do it for the passion.

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.
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I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing Is Different Than Any Other Major





1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.



4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.



5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.



6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.



7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.



8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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For Students With Disabilities, Attendance Policies Do More Harm Than Good

I ask that colleges to find a way to motivate student's that doesn't unfairly criticize students with disabilities.

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Most college students have encountered an attendance policy at some point during their career as a college student. The concept is usually something like this: miss two days in the quarter or semester and you will be fine, but for every absence after that, your grade will drop, until you hit a certain number of absences and fail out of the class.

I understand and hopefully, most of us understand the importance of good attendance in a school setting, especially when it comes to college. However, that being said... attendance policies are extremely unfair to those students with health issues or disabilities.

Sometimes, two days is not even enough for a severe bout of the common cold or flu, let alone something more serious or something chronic.

Anytime a Professor talks about their ability to accommodate people with disabilities, but then immediately jumps into their "no late work" and aggressive attendance policies, at least one student in the classroom is alienated, if not more. No late work? Well, that immediately gives trouble to any student dealing with something that would make them work slower than the "average" student. For example, ADHD, or perhaps a chronic pain disorder.

While professors are most often more than willing to work with an individual, it gets tiring for someone who already has a health issue to continually have to bear the load of that burden.

Again, I like to think we all understand the importance of going to class in college. But hopefully, all of the students in classrooms in college are there because they want to learn not because they are forced to go, like students in primary and secondary public education.

Going to class is oftentimes how the information is transmitted from student to professor, through discussion, not just via the textbook.

But there has to be a different solution rather than threatening students with lifelong physical and mental disabilities with failure if they can't keep the same pace as the rest of their classmates. It isn't fair to those with CFS which affects up to 2.5 million Americans who might struggle just to get out of bed in the morning for their classes, no matter how much they want to study and learn. It isn't fair to those who have a chronic pain condition, be it endometriosis or an IBD, among so many others, who certainly do not want to be spending their time doubled over in pain on their bedroom floor instead of in class.

Trust me, when I was forced to sit down on my floor because it was a struggle to stand up, I wasn't happy about missing class. I was frustrated because I am a good student, but it felt like someone had glued weights to my eyelashes. Or when I didn't move out of bed because I was in pain, it wasn't because I didn't want to be learning.

I have shed hundreds of tears over classes I've missed because it wasn't physically possible for me to go, but I wanted to be like everyone else.

Those with disabilities aren't staying home to enjoy themselves, they're staying home because they have a chronic health issue and attendance policies unfairly judge them and ask them to perform at a similar capacity as someone without those disabilities.

Attendance policies were created to keep students going to class, but I ask that colleges (and even public schools) to find a way to motivate student's that doesn't unfairly criticize students with disabilities.

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