If You Know Someone, Acknowledge Them

If You Know Someone, Acknowledge Them

I will take an awkward side wave.


I know many of us are at that awkward stage in our lives between being a teenager and adult, more popularly referred to as college. We don't know what we want to do or where we want to go. Our holy grail is a Thursday night out, and life is just plain messy.

It seems that people in this age range are so desperate to be seen as mature or older, yet their actions argue otherwise.

How many times have you been out for the evening and met someone that you really enjoyed talking to, sometimes so much so that the two of you exchanged numbers? (I know I'm not the only one who wakes up with seven new contacts after a night out.)

If you're like me, you probably have their contact saved as something along the lines of, "Jenna (Girl I met in the bathroom at O'Malls)." But still, nine times out of ten, you remember their face when you see them even if you can't recall their name at the drop of a hat.

SO, this leads me to the MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: what is so wrong with acknowledging that you know someone?

I know it's daylight, and I look like I just crawled out of a sewer on Line St., but I know you, and I know based on your awkward glance that you know me, too.

On several occasions, college students seem to be stuck in this endless rut of, "Do I say hi," OR, "How long do I have to stare down at my phone without tripping until they're out of my line of vision?"

Why, though?

The way you treat people matters, and if someone is waving at you, at least have the common courtesy to wave back and pretend like you know who they are. I do it all the time. There is nothing wrong with being friendly.

Maybe they thought you were someone else. (Never mind the fact that they definitely follow you on Instagram.) But maybe you made a strong enough impression on them for them to want to say hello or potentially hang out. You never know who you will meet and the places you'll go by exercising basic kindness.

Anyone in college knows how cliquey it can still be, especially at a small school. I promise you will live through talking to someone that you didn't meet in the dorms as a freshman.

If you made it this far and only take one thing away from this, just acknowledge people. I will take an awkward side wave over being ignored any day.

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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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