College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.
You have been through all the college "firsts" together.
If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."
You were even each other's first real college friend.
You were even each other's first real college friend.
Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.
The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.
It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.
Late night talks were never more real.
Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.
You saw each other at your absolute lowest.
It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.
...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.
After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.
There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.
Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.
No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.
Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.
The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.
Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.
The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.
It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.
Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.
Life has a funny way of throwing things at us when we're least expecting, and when we're least ready, for that matter. And for that reason, a lot of opportunities go wasted.
They go wasted because we "aren't ready" or we're "too scared" or we think "we aren't prepared."
Quite frankly, too bad.
Take that opportunity. You won't know how brave you truly are if you do not take advantage of an opportunity that scares you.
If you are offered this opportunity, odds are somebody thinks you are qualified for it and not only just qualified but they think that you are suitable for this position.
I came across a quotation a while back by Richard Branson that states
"If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, then say yes - then learn how to do it later."
And if that ain't the truth...
Lately, life hasn't been too kind. It's been throwing bad news after bad snowball of junk at me week after week. It's been so bad that when good news comes or a great opportunity, it's almost weird and I'm not sure how to go about the news or opportunity.
Let us recap: I'm a full-time engineering college student working part-time to help pay off tuition and prepare for living on my own. I'm graduating in five-years when it should have been four, but I'm chugging along. I still live with my parents because, honestly, it wouldn't make sense to move out now and live farther away from campus.
Suddenly, good news came through. I found a house to rent for summer in my dream city and I got a part-time job a few weeks back. My grades have been so much better even though I'm stressed as all heck and still barely have time to finish school work before it's due and another assignment comes whipping around the corner at full speed.
Even though this was all news I was hoping for, I did not know how to take it when the time actually came. I was nervous, terrified.
My new job; I went on three days of training then was sprung out on my own for my first seven-hour shift by myself. And when I say myself, I mean I'm the only one working in the store for the whole shift. It's slightly nervewracking.
The house; I had found an affordable house in my dream city to rent out for the summer months. It has parking, washer, and dryer, everything but the bedroom is furnished. Sure, it's a lot smaller than I had hoped, but it is what I can afford at the moment.
I still don't have an internship lined up, and I have no idea what this summer will entail. But, I'm going for it.
I have a bad habit of just jumping at things and figuring them out along the way.
I buy plane tickets months in advance then figure out where I'm staying a week before my flight takes off.
I sign myself up for running races and swim meets hours away and figures out the day before who in my family will go with me or how I'll get there.
It all seems to have worked out in the past, right?
So far, yes, it hasn't been too bad.
Now, these opportunities have been minor as compared to has what just been thrown at me. I mean, a house, for the whole summer. This is my first time living on my own and thousands of miles away from my parents. To say I'm nervous is low-balling the emotions I've been feeling.
I've been pushing aside the "what if a better house comes along?" and the "what if I can't find a job for summer?" I've been pushing aside all of the 'what if's' because this is what I have wanted for years, and I'm going to make it happen.
If an opportunity ever seems too big or like you aren't ready, you would not have been proposed the opportunity if someone or some part of you did not think you were ready.
Take that chance.
Take that leap.
Learn along the way.
You'll regret not taking it.
If it doesn't go as planned, it was a lesson learned, but you'll never know if you do not try.