Spending Summer Back Home

Spending Summer In My Hometown Honestly Couldn't Have Been Worse

I never really liked it to begin with, but it's worse after leaving.


I'm from an incredibly microscopic town; I've lived there my entire life.

I never really enjoyed it, but I was usually able to make it work. I guess I had gotten too used to it or something. The people are generally fine, my family and friends are here, but other than that it is just another small, southern town. It works for plenty of people, but as an ambitious and curious teenager, it doesn't work for me.

Thankfully, I finally branched out of my town of 8,000 people, as one would do when they graduate high school and go off to college. I even graduated a year early because I was so curious to see what else was out there.

Any college town would have been a step up but I picked a school that is pretty large. It has about four times as many students as my town has people and I absolutely love it. Even when there was nothing to do, I could always find something.

Even boredom was more fun when I was away at school.

But where I'm from? There's the same restaurant I went to last week and the week before that and the one beside it that I went to yesterday. Oh, and Walmart. Walmart is the hangout spot.

Of course, the school year ends and you have to return home for a few months. It shouldn't have been that bad but it was. There are so few ways to even kill time, let alone do something valuable with it.

These few months have been the worst ones of my entire life.

I couldn't even get a summer job because no one wants to hire someone for three months when there are so many people that will never leave... at all, ever. Therefore, my human interaction was cut to a minimum and I just counted the days until I would get to leave town. I tried hard not to fall back into the old routine I had for years.

And yeah, all of my oldest friends are there and getting to be with them is the best part by far, but nothing's the same when everyone goes their separate ways for eight months. Some stayed at home and so they stayed connected. Others went off and missed out on a lot.

I missed out on so much and I can't act like I didn't. I made new connections with new people who were hard not to miss because they met my new needs.

I spent the entire summer feeling like something was missing and like there wasn't much to gain.

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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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