The Hallway To Your Life Is In Your Hands

The Hallway To Your Life Is In Your Hands

You have more power than you think

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You are in a hallway that is completely gray, there are cobwebs lining the hallway and there is a chill that forms in the walls. The sound of every one of your steps creak as you walk. Across the hall is a wooden door that has a small light soaking through the bottom. You walk closer to that door, already feeling the warmth on your face. You open the door with a creak to see a beautiful meadow out in front of you.

There are waterfalls flowing with a loud roar and the sound of birds chirping is being drowned out. The fresh air hits you with one sudden sweep and you can relax and leave the chill that is touching your back behind you. Through the meadow you walk and take in all the beauty around you. Your heart is filled with happiness and your brain is blank. For once you can fully appreciate the beauty of nature around you and you are content.

As you walk through the woods the sound of the waterfall begins to fade and the birds become silent. The air becomes cold and the rustling of the leaves begin to fill your ears. You look over to see shadows following behind you. They mock you, saying the worse things. Instead, your heart feels broken and your brain is agreeing with the words that the shadows are saying. You look around for a way out but see nothing but dark woods and muddy grounds. So, you break for it and begin to run and as you do the mud covers your entire body as you tread through. The branches entangle you and try to hold you down but you push and push through. Once everything seems hopeless you see a light.

The light is in the shape of a woman who is telling you to follow him. Her face is kind and her hair flows perfectly in the wind. She is nothing but light and sparkles. You get up and you run towards her. With her, you run through those woods and to a hill. At the hill, she wishes you luck and heads on her way. You look down to see the steep hill and nothing but water at the end.

You have two choices: take a leap of faith and fall or go back. You think of the woods and it brings a chill down your spine and so, you decide to leap. For a while you free fall but it feels more like flying as you watch the hill get smaller and smaller. The hairs on your arms and neck stand up due to the thrill and the coldness of the wind. Then finally, you hit the water and you let yourself soak in it for a while. You feel the coldness from the water and the warmth of the sun at the same time. As you lift up from the water, you have reached a beach. A beach that is so peaceful and warm that for a moment your heart feels healed and you are free.

This simulation may seem strange and more like an adventure but it has a bigger meaning...

Your hallway is your nightmare,

your meadow is your dreams,

your shadows are your bullies,

and your savior is your loved ones.

The hill is your obstacle,

the woods is your past,

and jumping the hill is letting go and moving on.

Your beach is your freedom.


You have more power than you think.

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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.

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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.

Sincerely,

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.

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Seniors,

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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