A New Year, A New Perspective

A New Year, A New Perspective

2017 was marked by changes, but changes for the better.
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It's a new year. A year filled with possibilities and adventures. A year filled with challenges and changes. 2018 is going to be one to remember. But, as I close the door on 2017 and file the memories away, I find it only fitting to reflect. For 2017 was marked by change, challenges and new insights. Insights that I believe will follow me as I adventure into the new year.

2017 was a year marked by changes. They caused me to step a little further outside my comfort-zone and experience a little bit of discomfort. But, I am so grateful for the discomfort I encountered, because they allowed me to experience Growth.

1. Leadership

I've always seen myself as a follower and stepping into 2017, this statement was 100% accurate. But, as I ventured throughout the year, I found myself being placed in situations where I was nudged to lead. In 2017, I stepped outside my comfort-zone and I experienced discomfort. Discomfort that lead me to 'Leadership' and now that I've taken on this role, I never want to let it go. You see, in 2017 I learned that although I am timid, I am still extremely capable.

2. Disappointment

I came into 2017 with high expectations. Some I had set for myself and others I had acquired from societies standards. I jumped head first into the year, completely confident that everything I hoped for, everything I dreamed about and everything I wanted would happen. But, that didn't happen. I experienced disappointment this year and for a moment, it left me feeling kind of hopeless. How was I supposed to conquer the rest of 2017 with disappointment at the forefront of my mind? But, then He opened my eyes. Although I experienced disappointment and I didn't get everything I wanted, I found that 2017 also brought a lot of things I hadn't expected. Things that were good and wonderful. I kind of think that was the way it was supposed to be all along. For because of the disappointment I experienced in 2017, I learned that God's got the perfect plan even if we can't always see it and that lesson will be guiding me as I venture into the new year.

3. The Unknown

I feel like every year is filled with unknowns, but for some reason, the 'unknowns' weighed heavier this past year. At times I found myself unable to sleep, unable to find rest, because I kept anticipating the unknown. I kept anticipating the future. But, because I experienced this challenge, I find myself living in the present more. I experienced a year filled with fear of the unknown and although it was difficult, I definitely experienced growth because of it. Growth in myself and most importantly, growth in my Faith.

2017 was a year filled with challenges and adventure, which instigated Growth. Growth that I plan to take with me as I head into 2018.

It was a year for the books and it's with sadness, a little fear and extreme excitement that I turn the first page on 2018. I pray that this is a year marked by growth, adventures, joy and also some challenges.

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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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